UPDATE: There are No Plans to Bring DOA Xtreme 3 West Due to Backlash Fears

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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UPDATE:This has been confirmed by Koei Tecmo



Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 promo image

Not too long ago Koei Tecmo had said they would bring Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 West if they felt the demand was high enough. Now it appears that has changed. A fan asked their PR Facebook account if the company had any plans to bring the game West to which the representative running the account at the time responded:

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

The rep then went on to say:

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.

These two statements very much contrast each other. You can check out the entire Facebook Thread here. We’ll keep you updated as this story develops further.

The game is currently available for import in English from Play-Asia.


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Steve started with oprainfall not long after the campaign moved from the IGN forums to Facebook. Ever since, he has been fighting to give all non-mainstream RPGs a fair voice. As the site admin, he will continue to do this and even show there is value in what some would deem "pure ecchi." He loves niche games and anime more than anything... well, except maybe Neptune.

  • Joey

    Aah hope the SJW feminazi c***ts who prompted the fear of the potential backlash are happy. Still, because of the risk of censorship, those who really wanted it would have imported it anyway.

    • Infophile

      Aah hope the SJW feminazi c***ts

      So… the inadvertent prevention of a game being localized is morally comparable to a genocide which resulted in the deaths of millions of people? If your answer is “no,” kindly stop using that term. It trivializes how evil the nazis were.

    • Honk

      Jews aren’t people. History proves this.

    • Joey

      Noted. My apologies.

    • Infophile

      Apology accepted. Thanks for understanding.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Personally, I prefer to use the term, Radfem / Radical Feminist as that is basically what they are. Also, that way, it’s not likening something minute to something horrendous.

  • Tiago Barbosa Do Nascimento

    i am not surprised and i can’t even complain, geez you can’t be interested in a fanservice game without a lot of purists saying how unecessary it is.
    Of course it is unecessary, it is a game ! It is entertainment !

  • PanurgeJr

    Let’s see how many irate reactionary gamergate a**holes bitch and moan about this.

    • Hogtree Octovish

      Probably not as much as the Neo-Puritan SJWs would’ve complained if it would’ve been officially released in the west.

    • David

      I see the gamergate boogeyman is still around. Don’t worry, those “assholes” will bitch and moan because they care 200% more about games and censorship than you. And this is no doubt censorship.
      Back to tumblr, you stupid politically correct SJW.

    • PanurgeJr

      I see my trolling was successful. Back to your mom’s basement.

    • DanielJD489


  • ffboi7

    Not surprised by this considering how PC the internet has gotten. A game like this would have gotten a lot of terrible coverage by the news making it out to be the devil of some sort. Americas odd fear of keeping kids away from sex and boobies in video games, but guns and violence that’s fine.

  • Yeah, they say it’s because of ‘potential backlash’, but that sounds like some BS to me. They probably don’t see enough potential for profit here.

  • Andreas Placakis

    Tomonobu Itagaki would not have given a fuck about who gets offended and would have released the game no matter what.

  • iamarchaeus
  • Crystal Colwell

    This goes a long way towards proving those of us against censorship aren’t crazy.

    The biggest thing said to me when having a debate about the topic is that we all seem to think one act of censorship will lead to another. We all seem to think that censoring one game will bleed into other games and etc. Those on the other side think this isn’t true, and that one outfit (or anything) being censored will not have any effect on anything else. Quite honestly they seem to think we are being extremists who seem to have no basis in reality.

    Ummm… this kind of proves we were right! It WILL bleed over onto other games. Maybe we aren’t as crazy as they try to say we are. 😉

    I am so sick and tired of SJW and the extremist Feminists thinking they can dictate what I can see/play. Sure they might have taken some backlash from bringing this game over… but from people who werent going to buy the damn game anyhow.

    Strap on a pair Koei and try to remember who your actual fan base is for DOA.


  • Sotired

    I used to really, really enjoy this site. For some time, though, it’s feeling more like a chore to come check out the articles. And it’s mainly because of stuff like this. Jumping to conclusions, screaming “CENSORSHIP!” when you don’t even know the whole story yet. The responses provided in this article were clearly written by somebody who does not quite grasp the nuances of the English language. There are many ways to interpret that statement – my take on it was that they don’t really want to talk about it right now. Which is completely their right as a company.

    I think it would be great if there could be reasonable, logical discussions on these subjects. Everybody is entitled to their own opinions and views. With attitudes like these, my prediction isn’t censorship, but that they’ll just stop bringing us the games we want altogether. Why bother, when you can’t seem to please anybody, and everything is picked apart and blasted to hell and back?

    • Jonah Rosen

      Personally, I think everyone is on edge with the mass censorship that Nintendo of America has been doing with Fatal Frame V, Xenoblade Chronicles X, there’s the possible class change in the upcoming western release of Bravely Second, (and speaking of, the censorship back in Bravely Default.) so now everything that can be considered as a possibility of being censorship is automatically considered as such. But that’s my take on it.

    • Crystal Colwell

      I don’t see how else to take what was said. I’m sorry if I am not seeing what you are but the second quote above pretty much sums it up.

      As far as a discussion we love those! Everyone is absolutely entitled to their own opinion and I hope everyone feels free to express said opinion here. )

    • Sotired

      I guess that I read it differently. Obviously, it sounds like it’s a concern about the game, but I don’t take that as definitive proof of that being the sole reason that the game isn’t being released here. There are so very many variables into why a game is or is not published that I think it’s a little silly to assume the absolute worst. I can understand being upset, and I can understand that censorship is a sensitive issue (and I don’t really feel strongly one way or the other, to be perfectly honest), but I think it’s unfair to be so harsh to publishers and developers. We cannot read their minds, we don’t know what their artistic vision may have even been.

      I guess what I’m saying is that this site feels as though it’s become a place for assumptions and clickbait, not news. What is the point of bashing a publisher that you personally dislike over a few disagreements? I feel that can only hurt your relationship with said company/publisher/person/whatever. I mean, titles like: “Total Control Ep 55: Nintendo Suc…Oh, Cloud in Smash!” are (to me, personally, I do not speak for everybody), just… not cool. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth seeing things like that. And I get that it’s an opinion piece, but for a site that says it’s staying neutral, it sure feels like fanning flames to me.

      Total Control Ep 55: Nintendo Suc…Oh, Cloud in Smash! – See more at: http://oprainfall.com/#sthash.kHZmmYka.dpuf
      Total Control Ep 55: Nintendo Suc…Oh, Cloud in Smash! – See more at: http://oprainfall.com/#sthash.K6O4Negk.dpuf
      Total Control Ep 55: Nintendo Suc…Oh, Cloud in Smash! – See more at: http://oprainfall.com/#sthash.K6O4Negk.dpuf
      And don’t take this the wrong way, but from what I’ve seen, discussions aren’t really encouraged here. Sure, everybody is free to express their opinion, but in doing so, they’re often met with fairly vicious vitriol.

      Anywho, that’s really all I have to say. I really do hope that the site gets back to being as awesome as it used to be someday.

    • Sotired

      I also really didn’t mean to post that title/link so many times! Haha.

    • Crystal Colwell

      He brings up how females in gaming are treated and then says while they won’t talk about it there they have been through enough in recent years to come to their decision. I’m not sure how else to take that. I realize there could be other factors that went into the decision but that post sums it up rather nicely. I know it is scary to think we are losing out on certain games just because not everyone wants to play them but it seems that is what is happening.

      I’m sorry if we come off as fanning any flames. We allow all of our volunteers to express their opinion and I guess those against censorship and etc. have been the ones who want to write the opinion pieces lately. The article we are commenting on however is a news piece. We are a news site so we will cover things like this.

      Can I ask what in your opinion we don’t do any more that we used to that made us awesome? We love reader feedback and we want to offer the content you want to read! Keep in mind that we will still cover things our volunteers are passionate about, but we would love to bring you coverage on things you personally want to see as well.

      No worries abut the multiple links. 🙂

    • JDobbs

      You are not alone. Plenty of other people have felt disillusioned over the past few months and arguably the past year with the site. Its sad how the potential growth for the site went from being up to being in a plateau/declining. I can only hope at some point the storm will calm, but it looks to be a bumpy ride for awhile, especially when there is no moderation of comments and many comments addressing the problems you pointed were/are being ignored.

  • Paychi

    I wasn’t invested in Extreme Beach Volleyball at all, but this still sickens me. Those of you who think it’s trivial and don’t care, or actually think these kinds of things are okay, just wait until the ripples of censorship reach something YOU care about. Then it’ll be too late.

  • This is ridiculous!

  • ZORK

    According to an article on the (German) EuroGamer, Koei Tecmo already stated that this particular post does not reflect the opinion of the company as a whole.
    See the twitter post: https://twitter.com/koeitecmoeurope/status/671690313912598528

    I don’t pay much attention to the DoA games, but when I read that, my first thought was that it sounded like a somewhat half-hearted. What I mean to say that it’s not the fear of complaints about sexualization and the like, but that this rep just uses it as some sort of excuse for whatever reason why the game won’t be released outside of Japan.
    (On that note, how well did the past Xtreme games sell outside of Japan? Because I wouldn’t be too surprised if they simply don’t bother with a localization if the previous games weren’t that successful in the US or PAL regions…)