European gamers will be able to engage in a spot of first-person fighting next year, when Dead or Alive 5 Plus attacks store shelves on 22nd March. Thus far, we've seen very little of the handheld port – well, aside from a few off-screen photographs – which makes the impending release date somewhat surprising.

Still, despite the seemingly slender development cycle, producer Yosuke Hayashi is adamant that the portable release can match the quality of its console counterpart. "Right now the current build we have runs at almost 60 frames per second," he told Famitsu magazine. "We do not want the Vita port be seen by players as being inferior to the console versions, so we want to keep the game's high-quality visuals and have it run silky smooth."

There’s no word on a North American release date just yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

[via teamninja-studio.com, sgcafe.com, videogamer.com]