Koei Tecmo revealed in a candid Facebookthat the studio has no plans to bring its jiggly spinoff Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to North America or Europe in its uncut form because the West is starting to frown on the exploitation of women.
When asked if they'll be bringing the game overseas, a rep replied bluntly, "We do not bring DOAX3 to the west and won't have any plan change in the future. Thank you for asking."
In a shocking bit of candor, the representative went on to admit that the game was purely for the guys, writing, "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." The answer was curt and dismissive, but the meaning was clear.
Capcom was earlier accused of "" when the studio toned down some of the more lurid poses by the female characters in Street Fighter 5, moving the camera upward at a point when normally the character spread her legs in front of the camera.
However, some are undaunted in their quest to bring the game to US shores, as HoniePop Games is offering $1M for US publishing rights.
It smacks of self-promotion, since the developer is responsible for such games as Honie Cam, a peep show simulator and Honie Pop which is a "dating simulator", but mostly involves girls stripping for the camera.
There's no question that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is poorly disguised softcore porn; the first DOAX tried to give the impression it wasn't just about the females as there were a few men from the series in it. The question is that if it's still a videogame and would making it tamer be worth a gamer's purchase? it's unlikely they're looking for a volleyball sim.
Tellingly, the game still will come with English localization, so Koei Tecmo probably assumes that gamers who really need Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will import it, especially since the PlayStation 4 and Vita are region-free.
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