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According to the game’s official Facebook Page, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will not be making its way out West due to what the developers see as a potential backlash towards the game due to complaints of sexism and treatment of women and female characters in the gaming industry.

UPDATE: Koei Tecmo has made an official statement, which we cover here along with some of the reactions of other press outlets to the events of the last week.

On the Facebook Page, a fan asked if there were any plans to bring Dead or Alive to the US or the EU, to which the Official Page responded:

“We do not bring DOAX3 to the west and won’t have any plan change in the future. Thank you for asking”

As fans continued to press for more explanation for why they wouldn’t be bringing the game to the West, the developer dropped the real reason why:

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.

In the past, Team Ninja had discussed bringing the game over to the West if there was a demand for it, and up until now it was looking like that was going to happen. According to GamesRadar, the game was even originally set to release with more male characters if it came West to North America, allowing players to play as a male other than Zack for the first time in Dead or Alive Xtreme history.

The two most divisive things in gaming. /joke

The two most divisive things in gaming. /joke

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, which is the third installment of the beach volleyball spin-off of the popular Dead or Alive fighting series, is currently set to arrive on Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita on February 25, 2016. For players that would still like to play the game, the Asian version can be ordered, and includes english menus and subtitles without a region lock. A recent trailer shows some of the game’s other game modes and characters:

TechRaptor has reached out to both Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja for comment and Clarification on the comments made on the Facebook Page. We’ll update this post when we find out more information.

Update: While we haven’t heard back directly from Koei Tecmo as of yet, Koei Tecmo Europe sent out a tweet in regards to getting the game in the West for people interested in purchasing it, much like we said above:

It would also seem that there are other devs willing to work with Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo as well, offering up money to license the rights to Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in order to publish the game in the West so that fans can get the game without having to import:

 


Quick Take

I’ve never been a hardcore Dead or Alive fan, but I’ve always found the games to be fun to play with friends, and still do so with friends that I’ve been playing the games with since high school. Seeing a developer have to feel the need to stop an export of a game because they feel there will be a backlash towards their game isn’t a step in the right direction for the industry, and I’m sure we’ll see gamers worldwide reaching out in support of Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja, because there’s a pretty wide and diverse following for Dead or Alive. 


Rutledge Daugette

Founder & CEO

Founder of TechRaptor with a love of video games (B.S. in Game Programming) and technology. Started TechRaptor to create a place where people could come for quality content.



  • Just to get it out of the way – the “divisive” joke is nothing but a joke. I know there will be people who will use it as a point against me, and I wanted to say that I felt it would bring some levity to a situation that was really sad, otherwise.

  • Hawk Hopper

    This isn’t my sort of game, but this sucks for anyone in the West who did want to play it.

  • Zepherdog

    I know it’s a joke but with all the radical authoritarians roaming around it certainly doesn’t feel like one; It hits the nail too hard to be funny (Like the latest South Park season).

  • Patrick Toworfe

    They say ‘if you’re not laughing, you’re crying’. Me? Im just mad. This shit is just stupid

  • Robert Grosso

    See, this is unjustified control then. This should be unacceptable.

  • Douglas MacArthur

    As a former teenage boy myself, I feel bad for the teenage boys of today that will be missing out on this. Some people are truly heartless.

  • CM Dubya

    I think I need to speak up for my fellow Americans and tell the rest of the world that NOT ALL OF US are still afraid of digital boobs in 2015, and I don’t get this Return To Puritanism phase we’re going through either.

  • Mad about the gaming not coming west, I assume?

  • Sadly you’re right about it ringing very true. Gender and Sexism have becoming really polarizing topics in the the Gaming industry, and it’s just a shame to see the community getting torn apart all over.

  • Patrick Toworfe

    That and all the bs with women in gaming lately. It’s a sad sign of the times that this is even happening

  • Serathis

    Well… how much did we miss out on actually?

  • Its region free, and has subs?

    That’s not a big deal

  • Reptile

    But “gamers don’t have to be your audience” :^). Release it anyway Team Ninja, if they cry that is their problem, what are they going to do? block you on twitter?

  • Bayonnaise

    Well even if it doesn’t come to the West, I’ll probably just import it. Nothing will stop me from playing this game. I’ve been meaning to learn moonrunes anyway.

  • Robert Grosso

    Truth be told, likely not much.

    but for once, it is the principle in the end. I can see justified anger to this one.

  • Serathis

    But in the end it doesn’t even matter!

  • Mr Snow

    To be fair, all I ever did was fap to this. Then I discovered that free porn was cheaper and easier than this non pausing game!

    I worked so hard for that pole dance and it lasts 11 seconds! FUCK YOU GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!

  • Mr Snow

    Understanding what these women are saying is not necessary to enjoy their bodies.

  • Getting Gay With Kids

    SJWs have created this environment, We knew this would happen. It’s gotta stop now.

  • Blank Generation

    The state of the industry really makes me sick. I wish videogames had never caught on so they wouldn’t have attracted the raft of sociology majors and other assorted parasites that infest and destroy every new art form.

  • Azure

    Time to not give money to the censors on the localisation teams and just buy the game from the source but with only English subs. I wonder how hard those teams will cry once they realize that no we do not have to have English dubs and censored content.

  • dyskordian

    Do I get to slap you for that?

  • BurntToShreds

    I really hope that other Japanese developers don’t take Koei Tecmo’s statement to heart. They need to ignore KT caving to pressure and continue to bring their more niche games to the west, tantalizing content and all. It would be depressing to see Japanese developers en-masse sliding back into changing their games for the Western market because of pressure not from soccer moms this time but from overzealous social critics.

  • Galbador

    You don’t get the point, do you? Japanese companies see this and follow the example of Team Ninja because of some jackasses in the West (America). This can backfire so badly, that we get less and less games in the west. Those SJWs are ruining the market here with their “point of view” about how games should be.

  • Galbador

    Welcome to the brave new world of censorship, SJWs and feminists, who ruining the video game market once again. This is the final point I was waiting for that shows how destructive those SJWs can be if japanese video game developers deny to bring their games to the western world. I, as a gamer, feel ashamed to see how this went down the drain and fear, that it can get even worse, if we allow those people to ruin this community. This is the straw that breaks the camel’s back for me and I’m so mad about this, that I will order this game from Japan just to show those SJWs that no one… NO ONE… can ruin this awesome community. We had one video game crash here in the western world, there is no need for a second one, just because some people feel the need to blame companies and dictate them how to make their games in their perspective. This is the straw that breaks the camel’s back and I’m so sick of it.

  • Galbador

    It will have english text.

  • Nathaniel Plain

    I can’t believed this is fappening! /rimshot

  • Nathaniel Plain

    The problem is cost of ownership will be much higher, and if you had planned on going digital, you will need to find a way to add funds to an international account (which means pre-paid cards, so you have left over funds).

  • Robert Grosso

    One problem though, you argue as if those who adhere to any form of Social Justice are still out to get you in the end.

    To deny they have a legitimate claim or even a market that they enjoy in video gaming is foolhardy, because it then becomes censorship against those who disagree with your point of view, a complete 180 of the beliefs proclaimed. Japanese companies should not be bowing to the whims of what people want or complain about, everyone agrees with that, but we should not be so hasty to proclaim it as a war when it never was one to begin with; or at least, a war that people believe they are in the middle of.

    To quote historian theorist Arnold Toynbee for a moment, “”First the Dominant Minority attempts to hold by force—against all right and reason—a position of inherited privilege which it has ceased to merit; and then the Proletariat repays injustice with resentment, fear with hate, and violence with violence when it executes its acts of secession. Yet the whole movement ends in positive acts of creation—and this on the part of all the actors in the tragedy of disintegration.”

    Now he was talking about an idea of a universal state regarding the civilizations of the world, but to take this into a social-theorist point of view, the issues surrounding the whole controversy are much more maligned and really based upon ideological differences that continue to fan the flames, which frankly, needs to stop. There needs to be a sharing of ideals that leads to better solutions, or else it will be the same shouting match it has been for so long.

    The problem is in the “us vs them” mentality that extremists on both sides have breathed life into causes no one to really be pragmatic or showcase perspective on this. It is not an “us vs them” mentality when there are swaths of people who are more or less neutral to both points of view, but also progressive in their line of thinking and what they enjoy.

    And the fact that those who are fighting for this extreme form of social justice are given credence not because of their ideas but because of the pushback against them rather harshly, the whole prophecy becomes self-fulfilling.

    It seems that Stuart is doing a whole write-up on the issues for TechRaptor in what is more or less a thesis-essay, starting with the journalist/critic divide and how that is kind of important in the long run to understand, and how the general public is involved in the process, so I would honestly give it a read, it’s good stuff.

    I will say this; the constant cries against “SJW” and feminism are not helping, because I think at this point, there needs to be a new tactic to counter-act bad cases of denial and censorship such as this.

  • Robert Grosso

    Because of the game, you are right it doesn’t matter.

    As Galbador tried to explain, the principle of what it can mean is a problem.

    The real question should be whether or not this matters, because I doubt anyone really gives a shit about the game, the question now is what do you do to prevent this from happening again?

  • Parrikle

    Just to clarify one thing – a this point we don’t know what influenced their decision to only release the game in Japan and Asia. There are two ways to interpret the Facebook comment: either the issues around women and gaming was an influence in their decision, or they don’t want to discuss women and gaming on Facebook, but had a different reason for why they made their decision. The first seems like the most reasonable reading, but given the discussion when they first announced that the game will be a Japan/Asia exclusive, either interpretation is possible.

  • Me first, get in the queue please.

  • And yet these SJW/feminist retards, Anita Sarkeesian and Jim Sterling claim “it’s not censorship” and “we don’t want to take your games away”. Look what’s happened?

    Shaming, bullying and harassing game companies and developers via lynch mobs, forcing them to retract or into deciding not to release a video game.

    It’s indirect censorship at it’s finest. Censorship is censorship, no matter how much these SJW morons try to spin it.

    Even though Team Ninja created this game, they are cowards for caving in and allowing SJWs/feminists to influence their decision. They have made a grave mistake because they have now given SJWs/feminists the power to do this even more.

    Therefore Team Ninja’s decision to not release the game in the US / EU means that their Dead Or Alive brand now is now on the line. They may have also now set a precedent, because they are a Japanese video games company.

    This comes not long after Censorcom decided to remove Rainbow Mika’s butt-slap and Cammy’s camera angle… and it’s highly debatable whether they really did it for the ‘T’ rating or the pressure from Social Justice Whiners.

    To the fans of this game/series – just import it, and most importantly make sure you speak out against this bullshit as much as you can on all social platforms.

  • Actually it is partly Americas fault, because the government in the US constantly supports and peddles this SJW / feminist bullshit, which means mainstream media and news outlets are allowed to spew the same shit into every facet of media.

  • How long before Japanese developers start to not include fanservice or censor their own games due to SJW/feminist pressure?

    Censorcom did it with Street Fighter 5. Now Team Ninja decide to retract releasing an entire game from the West altogether.

    I’m shocked that Blade & Soul is still coming to the West. I guess some companies still have some guts left (the censorship of that side-quest is retarded though).

  • It was unavoidable because of the constantly improving hardware and graphics technology. They have infested video games, we all know that. So the next step now is to get them out. One of the ways this can happen is to get developers to speak up against it as a collective. It won’t happen for a while yet.

  • Shaming, bullying and harassing game companies and developers via lynch
    mobs, forcing them to retract or into deciding not to release a video game.

    Indirect censorship.

    Yet the SJW/feminist brigade claim they’re not here to take our games away.

  • It’s about the principles and the precedent this can set. Getting the game itself won’t be a problem for most people.

  • In my opinion, the other possible “different” reason may be that they think the game won’t make as much money as they want in the West.

    But judging by those Facebook comments, I think it’s pretty clear what made their decision overall.

  • Just play DOA5LR. That manual camera feature is a god-send!

  • Bayonnaise

    Oh I know, but why pass up a good opportunity to learn something?

  • John Doe

    Just remember – she isn’t trying to take your games away.

    ….just use Stasi Groupthink to prevent them ever being made.

  • Why not just release the game digital? The only way this game’s existence could impend on someone outside the player base is by being visible on a store shelf (omfg all that potential triggering). Just release the damn game digitally, let the fans look up the store page themselves, and tell everyone else to fuck off and ignore it if they’re offended.

    Wouldn’t the negative attention from sjw groups just lead to more publicity anyway? I thought it was the same case for the first two DOAX.

  • GrimFate

    Dammit! Now I have to buy this too to support freedom of expression?! Fighting for the cause is going to make me poor!

  • Serathis

    *Facepalm* I was being… nevermind. Linkin Park is so dead they are the ending band for Blizzcon.

  • SentientBoxerShorts

    It’s less of the US Government’s fault, and more of the private sector within the US’ fault. Businesses are complying with SJWs and Feminists out of fear of the fallout if they don’t. If you want to see a Feminist government, look at Canada. Also the US Government as a whole doesn’t support SJWs and Feminists. Mainstream media is allowed to “spew the same shit” because of the first amendment.

  • Reptile

    All that when the japanese market was starting to open to the west…
    I wouldn’t be surprised if other developers stopped bringing games, even if they don’t have sexual appeal in them.

  • Reptile

    As if people play Dead or Alive for the plot…

  • Reptile

    I was thinking about that, Team Ninja should make an exclusive west title called “Fat or a Pie” where all characters are morbidly obese and ugly.

  • Azure

    That first comment I was a bit kneejerking but overall DOA does not sell well and probably not well enough to warrent the extra cost for dubs and shipping it overseas. Remember Monster Hunter? That is a game until recently barely released overseas due to the low demand.

    Plus the #SJW nonsense is just the icing on the cake.

    It is more cost efficient for them to get us to buy the game with subs from their region.

  • Robert Grosso

    And threatening to slap someone just makes you sound worse…

  • I would argue that:

    – GamerGate: original and core principle is to stand and advocate for freedom of expression/creativity, free speech, anti-censorship, anti-PC, and ethical journalism.

    – SJWs/feminists: advocates for censorship, restriction of expression/creativity, policing content and thoughts, corrupt journalism, and destroying people’s lives if they don’t conform to them.

    Therefore from an unbiased and neutral point of view, I think it’s safe
    to say that GamerGate’s core principles is the moral one. That’s the difference.

    Before SJWs/feminists infested video games, numerous studies have shown that it wasn’t doing any harm in the first place. Now all of a sudden we are being told by them that fictional video games are “misogynistic” and “sexist”, and the males who enjoy them are automatically “misogynists”, “sexists” and would-be “rapists”. That is NOT an ideal we should accept because it’s completely false and it’s blatant slander.

    SJWs/feminists do not reason with you. They do not logically debate with you. They do not operate on facts.

    Therefore sometimes it will be necessary to ‘force’ the fight across, instead of standing back and hoping they will reason with us. GamerGate tried that at the beginning remember? In fact, some still do now but guess what? SJWs/feminists don’t want to reason…

    “There needs to be a sharing of ideals that leads to better solutions”

    Their “ideals” is censorship, censorship and censorship on whatever THEY don’t like.

    Hope that helps.

  • It’s called internet banter dude. It’s harmless and we move on from it.

    Unlike social network bullying, lynch mobbing, doxxing, swatting and claiming bomb threats from our SJW/feminist friends.

    See the story of scientist Matt Taylor.

  • With the DLC option of purchasing and downloading Burka costumes.

  • Robert Grosso

    I disagree.

    The core principles may be morally correct in an unbiased point of view, but the message is mired in the rhetoric you expouse here. Simply put, it seems that many of the hardcore folks who adhere to GamerGate tend to become what those who are anti-gamergate decry out; a snake eating their own tail just based on behavior.

    I never agreed with GamerGate fully, and I likely never will, because while the core ideas are good, the methodology that is used is frankly horrible.You note several aspects that are positive, but GamerGate never puts it into practice; it is the same shilling I keep seeing and they tend to attack anyone who is willing to speak up at how flawed GamerGate is; much like the social justice crowd.

    For example, you argue that feminists do not reason with you, but what feminists do you mean? Third-Wave feminism? Sex Positive feminists? Post-feminism actually criticizes the failures of third-wave feminism as being too radical in the sense that it is unraveling the achievements made post 1980s, which is something that is important to know.

    It is also a case where those in GamerGate rarely reason as well, in fact, it is just as bad sometimes. So no, you have more in common than you think, and listing what you see as virtues does little credit; quite frankly feminism actually has a place in video games as a medium, just not to the extreme methodology that demagogues like Anita Sarkeesian throw out at us.

    For example, GamerGate has never been about freedom of speech or creativity. If it was, then something such as Sunset or Gone Home should be allowed to exist, both of which are games that people take offense too for various reasons, yet for some reason GamerGate sees them as affronts to video gaming, at least, the extreme wing of GamerGate does. Even with Depression Quest, it should be allowed to exist regardless of the arguments for or against Quinn, she made the damn game in the end and personal information aside has no bearing on it’s standing as a product.

    But objectively they are extensions of their developers creativity. Whether or not they are games is not even up for debate, they are, just not to some people, just like how Hatred was seen as not being a game that should be made to others. People, however, disagree, but can you really silence their voices because you disagree?

    If you do, you are no better than the anti-gamergate crowd. That, is my problem here. The ideals of censorship you expouse go both ways, people just think it doesn’t apply because they are in the right, which leads to a socio-political divide where you get nothing done. Even with you trying to frame the differences as you have, is proof of that, that is bias showing because outside of the ethics and desire for more controlled and professional journalism, the rest I simply don’t believe to be true. So both sides have problems, and both sides need to grow from that. Or else it’s the same old shit, just with new management infesting the gaming industry.

    That, my friend, is a true moderate stance.

  • Zepherdog

    Hey! that’s demeaning, some of us are 30!

  • Zepherdog

    But It helps.

  • Video games are one of the best forms of escapism, therefore I’m of the opinion that fictional video games should be free of politics and feminism.

    This is because Political Correctness and modern/radical feminism operates on totalitarian censorship at the root.

    I already said before, studies have shown that video games are harmless and were harmless in the first place. This is a case of PC/SJW/feminist authoritarians barging in a peaceful gaming community and dictating to us what is allowed and what isn’t, and they do this by indirect censorship through bullying and shaming male gamers and developers by calling them “sexists”, “misogynists” and would-be “rapists” if they don’t conform. Therefore I’m not going to accept this because it’s clearly lies, deceit and slander to attain unjust censorship.

    So we’ll have to agree to disagree.

    Don’t let me stop you on your SJW-lite soapbox though. Your mask slipped long ago my friend. Moderates like you are one of the main reasons why radical authoritarian SJWs/feminists have gotten such a strong foothold in the video game industry, not to mention other forms of entertainment media as well. But I guess you’re happy with that…

    Moderation = accepting unjust censorship

  • Galbador

    Believe me, there is always someone, who plays for the story.

  • Galbador

    I would do the same. Why porting a game in a different language for a country, that makes so much trouble when it comes to video game entertainment while the home country takes it and says no word. This is where we are today and this bickering, wannabe critic like Anita ruins the market for companies to sell their goods, because they feel entitled to critizies things even though they will never play it in the first place. Instead, the true fans and customers are standing in the rain and have to pay a lot of money to import the games and hope that there will be no region lock or english text and sub. This is so contraproductive as hell, but those SJWs don’t get it; far of it, they approve (eventually) that a company goes bankrupt, only to “conserve” people’s good taste and moral.

  • Galbador

    Never pass to learn anything new. To be frank, I play wih the thought of learning Japanese as well. For once, it is an interesting language and second, a wonderful world and culture.

  • Galbador

    Constant cries against SJW and feminism is necessary if the context of those parties is irrational or over the edge. But if this is not helpful as you say, what else should we do? Run the streets and protest or burn buildings? You say that this “crying” is not effective, but shows no solution. So therefore, if you know a solution, please, tell me.

  • Robert Grosso

    Copied from one of Stuart’s articles.

    The truth of the matter is, even feminists should be allowed to have their own niche in gaming, it is not up to you, me, or anyone else to deny them that. If they overreach, yeah calling them out on it is good, but the real trick is to actually elicit change within the industry first to stop that reach from harming the industry; remove the culture of fear that is germinating to begin with by having people in the industry standing on their own two feet, by having leadership in the movement to pacify the radical voices and make it damn near hard for anyone to be against them.

    You know, actually play the political game in the end. After all, it is the only way GamerGate can get ahead and be legitimate.

  • Robert Grosso

    Moderation is realizing when censorship is justified, and believe me, our societies censor a lot of material all the time, from governments to corporations to policies and laws.

    We are built on that foundation in not only America, but world-wide; the social contract theory is just one example. Our right to fight back against unjust censorship should not be eliminated, but to deny that censorship is not part of daily life is ridiculous.

    It is also a bit odd that you would argue moderates are the reason for your troubles. Perhaps that is more emblematic of your own beliefs being in jeopardy regarding your tastes, versus the tastes of the general public who, I must remind you, is more on my side of the fence in the end at being very passe towards this whole ideal.

    One more thing, I also find it highly hypocritical that you are criticizing the opinions of someone, and obstensiently arguing that is is my fault for the current climate simply because you disagree with it. It is dangerously close to saying that my own voice should be censored. It’s bad enough you want to censor feminists who are also moderate and have no horse in this race…but I think I will just leave it there.

  • Mark Andrew Edwards

    If Huniepot licenses it, I’ll buy it. Hell, I’ll buy a PS4 and buy a copy from Huniepot.

    Sigh. I’m guessing PC version ain’t happening :-/

  • Galbador

    So they are allowed to make their games and everyone should support and love them, but are allowed to trash all the other games because they feel hurt in their feelings? Hypocrite much?

  • Robert Grosso

    Not hypocritical at all.

    Yes, they should be allowed to make games for their niche. You criticizing them turns you into them. Of course both sides will do that anyway, but one can hope people will be wise about this.

    Think of it this way, the arguments for or against Hatred as a game was due to extreme violence right? People defended it and bought it because it fills that minority who love pure violence or who wished to fuel a political message. Same with Depression Quest at this point, and it got the same response, arguments over Quinn notwithstanding.

    Thing is, Hatred should exist as much as Depression Quest should exist. They serve two different markets. You become hypocritical by saying one is not a game or should not be part of the industry, when they clearly are now. The onus is on the community to accept their own hypocrisy in that way, or at least acknowledge that even games such as Depression Quest has a place in the medium.

    When people start trying to dictate things, that’s a different issue altogether, but the charges to remove them entirely from the equation are ridiculous; remove their influence i’m all for, but not their presence.

  • Galbador

    On the day, people like Anita and company will shut down their little campain, I will stop fighting and doing what I’m doing. But as we know, this won’t happen, as much as we wish it would.

    Remember what Billy Joel once said… “We didn’t start the fire. No we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it!”

    As long as this goes, I will do my part to prefent that those people will ruin something I grew up and loved as a kid.

  • Reptile

    They are still mad at PC gamers because they modded the fighters to be full nude…and then they couldn’t sell it as DLC.