Fearing Backlash, Koei Tecmo Not Bringing Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to the West

Koei Tecmo said via Facebook that it will not be bringing its upcoming babes-in-bikinis volleyball game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to the West, citing recent issues regarding the treatment of women in the games industry.

A fan asked whether or not the company planned to bring Xtreme 3 to US and EU territories, to which a Koei Tecmo representative said, “We do not bring DOAX3 to the west and won’t have any plan change in the future. Thank you for asking.” The fan persisted, asking for the reason behind the decision, and the representative gave this response:

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.

It’s hard to blame Koei Tecmo for fearing the media’s response. The scintillating spin-off has received flak for being essentially softcore pornography for as long as it’s been around. The previous entry, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, came out in 2006 and the world has become decidedly more conscious to issues that women in the games industry and beyond face every day, so it’s easy to imagine that a game like Xtreme 3 probably wouldn’t fare too well.

Still, if you absolutely need your fix of bikini slips and natural tan lines, since the PlayStation 4 and Vita aren’t region-locked, you can always just import the game when it releases in Japan on February 25, 2016.