Koei Tecmo has issued a statement regarding comments made by a Team Ninja community manager over Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 not heading west.
The comment posted on Facebook, and now removed, stated Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 would not be released outside of Japan and Asia, which everyone more or less assumed from the start due to the small following it has in the region.
According to the community manager though, the niche market in the west wasn’t the main reason for the lack of release: it was due to the current discussion of “how to treat female[s] in video game industry.”
Koei Tecmo said the Facebook comments made by the employee reflect an “individual’s opinion,” 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,” reads the official statement via Gematsu.
“Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 remains in development and is still planned for release in Japan and Asia only.”
Two games in the series are in the works for a February release in the east: Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune and Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus will arrive on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on February 25 in Japan and Asia.