A week before the release of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, Koei-Tecmo announced one final gameplay mode to the title.
DoAX3 will come equipped with a full blown volleyball game, according to a press release by the publisher, which will have fan favorite characters from the Dead or Alive universe showing off their skills in the sand. The volleyball game will be played in 2 on 2 format and will feature a new realistic physics engine on the ball mechanics, allowing for arced and spiked shots in a simple yet dynamic fashion. According to Koei-Tecmo, it is "the most ambitious gameplay mode in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3."
The news, however, was not well received by the DoAX community. Many fans of the game are beginning to worry that the addition of volleyball into the game is adding content they object too, in particular due to the lack of synergy with the game's other announced features.
“It worries me they would unnecessarily add features to this game,” stated one Twitter commentator. “We don’t need volleyball to enjoy DoAX.” “I’m not sure why they are adding this feature over VR support!” complained another Tweet.
Koei-Tecmo has also issued an official statement in response to the flood of tweets, hoping to alleviate concerns over DoaX3 out in response to the accusations of pandering and corruption.
“Our fans are passionate, dedicated individuals who must understand that compromises must be made for a multi-national release. The inclusion of volleyball in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 was a simple decision in the end, providing more high-quality gameplay for fans to enjoy, and to sedate concerns over our title overseas. We know that our fans will enjoy the volleyball in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3; in fact, we are confident in Team Ninja's abilities to deliver one of the best modes of play in our title.”
It should be noted that DoAX3 was originally planned for a Japanese only release with english subtitles, until the distributor Play Asia decided to import the game for a Western audience. It is unlikely the inclusion of this game play mode was planned for a Western only release, since Play Asia has only recently became involved with distribution. The response to this statement has not sedated concerned gamers, however, with some fans speculating that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is purposely trying to cater to a wider audience outside of Japan by including volleyball as a gameplay mode. As one angered fan sums it up, “it's shameful Koei-Tecmo doesn’t cater to their audience, I guess the almighty dollar has corrupted them. #BoycottDoAX3”
The #BoycottDoAX3 tag has been slowly trending on Twitter, with over 100 tweets using the hashtag since Koei-Tecmo’s statement earlier this week. It is still in question if this negative reaction will affect sales of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 when it is released next week at full retail value, plus shipping and handling.