Dead or Alive 5 creator Team Ninja says it won't make another PC game if the modding community can't behave itself when customising the upcoming brawler. An upgraded version of the 2012 original, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round marks the first appearance of the popular franchise on the platform.
Speaking, director Yohei Shimbori said that unless players behave in a "good moral and manner", they won't develop for the PC again.
“We have to deal with mod issues from an IP holder perspective,” he explains. “We would like to ask PC users to play our game in good moral and manner. Otherwise, we won’t be able to release a title for PC again.”
Now while that sounds like Shimbori's worried about rude nudey mods popping up for Dead or Alive 5, that probably isn't what he meant (Team Ninja responsible for, after all). He's presumably more concerned with potential copyright issues caused by modders inserting licensed characters into the game. If he DOES mean "don't put any naked people in our game", then you have to kind of admire the irony.
Either way, it's a response that suggestsisn't very familiar with the nature of PC gaming. Expecting modders to stop tinkering with your game is a bit like trying to hold back the tide. Still, the platform offers a growing market that's hard for the studio to ignore.
“The adoption rate of high-spec PCs and related peripheral devices has traditionally been lower than consoles,” says Shimbori. “But these days, the perspective of PC gaming has changed drastically and we expect more fighting games will be released for PC users.”