Dead or Alive 5 adds Ayane, Hitomi

First two female fighters confirmed.

Following the previously confirmed Ryu Hayabusa and Hayate, Team Ninja have announced today the first two female fighters of next year’s Dead or Alive 5. Ayane, who made her first appearance in Dead or Alive, and Hitomi, who first appeared in Dead or Alive 3, have been confirmed for the fighter.

Ayane is the leader of the Hajin Mon ninja, the half-sister and cousin to Hayate and Kasumi, and is nicknamed the “Female Tengu” for her lethal fighting style. She most recently appeared in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2.

Hitomi first entered the Dead or Alive tournament to prove her abilities to her karate master father. She is somewhat gullible, but also noble and honorable. She is skilled in the martial arts.

“After showing the evolution of DEAD OR ALIVE 5’s high quality, high energy action fighting experience it is now time to reveal what our first set of female fighters have in store for players,” said Yosuke Hayashi, Team NINJA leader. “Ayane and Hitomi retain their signature spirits while complimented by a new look that reflects amazing beauty, grace, and a strong sense of presence alongside deadly attack skills in intense combat as they take to the massively dynamic and interactive new stages that are a hallmark of this latest installment.”

Screenshots of Ayane and Hitomi can be seen at the gallery.

Dead or Alive 5 is due for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2012.

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