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Another dark day for fans of Japanese games.
Koei Tecmo’s Community Manager has responded to fans on their official Facebook to say that the publisher will not be bringing Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3 to the West. After some fans cited Koei Tecmo’s previous statement that they would bring DOAX3 West “if fans demanded it enough” the employee explained further:
“Do you know many issues happening in video game industry with regard to how to treat female in video game industry? We do not want to talk those things here. But certainly we have gone through in last year or two to come to our decision. Thank you.”
Koei Tecmo Europe also followed up a fan’s question on twitter, explaining that the game can at least be imported, as there’s an Asian English version set to be released.
This seems almost a polar opposite to Team Ninja’s sentiments around the time of Dead or Alive 5‘s release. They claimed the majority of fans enjoyed the sexualised content of the game, even going so far as to request more of it. The developer seemed quite happy to carry on producing content for the fans.
Even as someone who had little to no interest in playing Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, I feel this is a major blow for people who just want to play good video games. Adults, who enjoy the freedom to choose whether or not to play a Japanese video game, despite irrelevant cultural differences. It would be very interesting to know the specific people or events which have driven Koei Tecmo to this decision, or if the localisation of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 would have any real negative effect on the company at all as far as the fans are concerned.
“There are existing fans out there, and you have to think about the people who have supported the series for so long, and you want to make sure that the game that you make appeals to them first, and satisfies those fans first.” – Yohei Shimbori – Team Ninja