A Facebook post by a community manager at Koei Tecmo alluded to the troubled gender political debates happening in the West as the main reason why they wouldn’t be bringing Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to North America and Europe. Chaos ensued. Koei Tecmo decided to clear the air by making an official statement about the matter to help clear the air. Except, they don’t really clear the air at all.
— KOEI TECMO AMERICA (@KoeiTecmoUS) December 1, 2015
If you have a hard time reading it, it states…
“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.”
It’s fascinating how they don’t actually say anything the community manager said was wrong, just that it was their opinion. They also don’t actually say why the game isn’t coming West. In fact, they don’t really say anything at all.
Anyway, this follows up on a series of cantankerous community shuffles with those known as Social Justice Warriors. Play-Asia made a direct B-line in blaming the SJWs for the “nonsense” surrounding gender politics in the West and things exploded from there. Play-Asia more than doubled their Twitter follower count, especially after some former and current game journalists threatened not to do business with Play-Asia and add them to their “blacklist”.
Pundits like Jim Sterling have tried to hand-wave it all away as some sort of made-up boogeyman. Places like NeoGaf and Anime News Network have banned people from even mentioning that Social Justice Warriors are to blame. Anime News Network took it a step further by banning the phrase “Social Justice Warrior”. You’re not even allowed to use it as a way to describe a possibility of them causing all this ruckus. It’s frightening when that kind of censorship takes hold, because essentially you have private discussion forums thought policing members to only say and think a certain way. Wrong-thought is prohibited.
Nevertheless, despite many within the media claiming innocence and certain talking heads trying to push the blame elsewhere, it still doesn’t make Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 available in the West. It now means you’ll have to pay exorbitant importing prices for the game and you may or may not be able to access the DLC. Fans in North America and Europe can still get their hands on the title since it includes a localized English translation, but they just won’t be able to get it from shops or retailers in North America or Europe.
You can pre-order Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, which is due for release in February of 2016, from import e-tailer Play-Asia.com.