Currency earned from completing mini-games and gambling in the island's casino allow the player to purchase hundreds of different swimsuits to wear in the game.Its sequel, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, was released on November 13, 2006, exclusively for the Xbox 360.
Gameplay revolves around the women of the DOA series playing various mini-games in the many locations of Zack Island, a reclusive private resort on an island owned by Zack, the only male character from the series to appear anywhere in the game.
This installment features no fighting engine, instead being much like a simulation game that encourages the player to establish relationships with the AI of characters, and eventually make a two-person team to compete in volleyball competitions.
It also marked the first game in the series to have a Mature rating due to some revealing swimsuits featured in the game which gave it a cult status.
The plot is set immediately after the tournament in Dead or Alive 3 ended.
A new variation known as Photo Paradise was released in September 2016, allowing owners to take gravure pictures of the heroines in a variety of poses and swimsuits.
The release date was originally scheduled for February 25, 2016, however it was later pushed back to March.
After the Dead or Alive 3 tournament, Zack wins a fortune playing roulette, and with his lady-luck girlfriend Nikki, purchases and sets up residence on Zack Island.
He invites all the ladies from the DOA tournament to the island under false pretenses; instead of fighting, they are coaxed into taking a vacation and spend two weeks playing volleyball and being showered with gifts from Zack.
Between play sessions the game remembers the player's bank and collection progress with each character; through this mechanic it is possible for the computer controlled characters to wear fashions purchased by the player in an earlier play session.