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Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Localisation Prevented By Sex Negativity

Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson

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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.

Dead Or Alive Xtreme 3

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

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  • EdgyDude

    I fear for Valkyria Chronicles 4 localization. Koei has always been a shameless money seeker with the sexy DLC for DOA5 and if they rather lose the money they could make with this game out of fear for SJW backlash I can only imagine what Sega, who is already overly cautious, would do out of fear of backlash over this:

    http://i.imgur.com/sCEXGPv.jpg

    • Wonderkarp

      true, but Sega doesnt have a history of censoring their games. Either way, I’m pushing hard to get DOAX3 West, and if there’s any word that VC4 wont make it, I’ll push hard for that one too.

  • Sevuz

    Western censorship does it again. Well the DOAX fans can at least import it.

  • Mr0303

    This is the result of all those years of politicall correctness – they managed to scare off Japanese developers from releasing games in the West.

  • BurntToShreds

    They’re going to rake in so much cash from consumers buying this out of sheer spite for the people that pressured them into this decision.

  • mbits

    They’re not coming for your games, you stupid goobergrabbers!

    Oh. Oh, well . . . uh.

  • Arbitrary

    There is absolutely nothing inherently wrong with a bit of sex-negativity, and I absolutely dislike that you seem to imply this.

    That said; censorship and cowardice are never cool.

    • Jake Wilson

      Thanks for the feedback! I wasn’t so much implying but more putting forward my opinion that negativity about nudity or sex in video games is both unfounded and supremely pointless. Especially when it comes to Japan who have a massively different cultural context for these things which I personally find fascinating. I shouldn’t have to be made to feel sexist for having an interest in Japanese games.

      Are you saying sex negativity can be a good thing under certain circumstances?

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