In an interview with Famitsu, Yosuke Hayashi, the head of Team Ninja has revealed that Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will have a free to play version.
This free to play version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate only includes four playable characters. The characters include Kasumi, Ayane, Hayabusa and Hayate. You won’t be able to play the Story mode, but you can still play the game online and offline.
If you want to get additional characters, that will cost you 400 yen plus you can buy the story mode for 1500 yen. Owners of Dead or Alive 5 will be able to transfer their save data and costumes into this game.
This free to play version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is only planned (currently) for the PS3 version in Japan. Hopefully Team Ninja will consider releasing this free to play version to the West too.