Koei Tecmo has announced there are no plans to release Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 outside of Asia.
The volleyball/beach resort game which features the sexualized female characters of the Dead or Alive fighting games is a prime target for groups and individuals who would like games to better represent the female gender instead of pandering to straight males.
A representative from Koei Tecmo spoke about the game’s worldwide release on social media and basically stated the company didn’t want to get caught up in the larger discussions and criticisms of female representation in games that are commonplace right now:
“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.”
The game is currently set for launch in Japan on PS Vita and PlayStation 4 in February 2016, but a Asian version which includes English text and subtitles will also be released at the same time which can be imported by fans.
Currently Tecmo has said they won’t be revisiting the issue, but while making the decision they had mentioned that any western release of the game would likely be a censored version, so importing may be the best option for fans whether or not the game is released here.