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Mistress Chief makes an appearance in DOA 4

You wouldn't know it, but Spartan warriors from the Halo universe are also mighty adept with their fists. Tecmo and Bungie have made a formal announcement about the unlockable bonus character in the former's upcoming Dead or Alive 4 for the Xbox 360.

You wouldn't know it, but Spartan warriors from the Halo universe are also mighty adept with their fists. Tecmo and Bungie have made a formal announcement about the unlockable bonus character in the former's upcoming Dead or Alive 4 for the Xbox 360.

When word of a Halo character making an appearance in the brawler leaked to snoops, everyone was absolutely positive it was going to be holo-babe Cortana. Wrong! On the company's Weekly Update last week, Bungie confirmed rumours about a playable female Spartan being the mystery mauler.

The warrior is named Spartan-458 and indeed looks much like Halo's universe-saving protagonist, Master Chief, albeit more female. A female Spartan warrior? Yep, it's true. While those whose Halo experience is limited to holding a controller know little more than the ubermanly Master Chief, fans who read the Halo books know that the futuristic military program featured both men and women. So how does a bioenhanced supersoldier get mixed up with one-on-one fighting in the DOA universe?

Bungie knows, but isn't budging. "Yes, we know what her backstory is, because we created it. We'll tell you about it soon," a Bungie rep says on the company's Web site.

The "how" doesn't appear to be as important as the "what." The idea for the collaboration simply sprung from a meeting between Bungie chief Pete Parsons and Team Ninja's Tomonobu Itagaki.

Spartan-458 won't be completely on foreign soil. In addition to including a Halo character in DOA4, Team Ninja will also be including an unlockable fighting arena based on Bungie's game.

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