Koei Tecmo’s Official Response to Xtreme 3 Controversy: ‘Japan and Asia Only’

Publisher Koei Tecmo has issued an official response via Twitter to the recent Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 controversy, avoiding commenting directly on the social issues at hand but confirming that the game is still planned for release in “Japan and Asia only.”

Here’s Koei Tecmo’s full statement:

The comments recently made by an employee regarding Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 on the official Dead or Alive Facebook page only reflect that individual’s opinion and not the opinion or business strategy of Koei Tecmo Games.

We remain focused on delivering the best in fighting entertainment to our fans around the world, while consciously respecting and strategizing to support the different global audiences the Dead or Alive franchise lends itself to.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 remains in development and is still planned for release in Japan and Asia only.

The publisher’s statement is a good reminder that the comment on Facebook that kicked the hornet’s nest in the first place was made by a community manager and not anyone actually in charge of making any decisions. That comment, written by a non-native English speaker, mentioned that the game wouldn’t be coming to the West due to issues regarding “how to treat female in video game industry.” The issue exploded further when online importer Play-Asia blamed “#SJW,” or “social justice warriors,” for the game not coming West.

Koei Tecmo did not comment on the legitimacy of those claims or go deeper into why the game won’t be sold in North America and Europe other than to say that they “only reflect that individual’s opinion and not the opinion or business strategy of Koei Tecmo Games.”

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 launches on PS4 and Vita in Japan and Asia on February 25, 2016.