Japanese video game publisher Koei Tecmo has said on its official Facebook page that it won't bring 'Dead or Alive Xtreme 3' to Western audiences.
The Dead or Alive Xtreme series debuted on the original Xbox under the full title of “Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball”. The game features female characters from the main 'Dead or Alive' fighting games competing in volleyball events and participating in mini-games while wearing suggestible bikinis.
Each installment in the series has been rated 'M' by the ESRB, which means it's intended for people 17-years-old and older.
On November 18, gamer Jeremiah Hereth posted a question on the game's official Facebook page asking “Any words of bringing the upcoming Xtreme 3 Game to US and EU regions or no?”
The page replied to the inquiry, “We do not bring DOAX3 to the west and won't have any plan change in the future. Thank you for asking.”
When pressed for more information, the page admin replied again, “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.”
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The decision has sent shock waves across the #GamerGate movement. GamerGate supporters call for ethics in gaming journalism and taking to task the social justice warrior views of sites like Polygon where feminist causes have resulted in reviews of games such as Bayonetta 2 to receive lower aggregater scores.
A Change.org petition calling for Koei Tecmo to reverse their decision and bring Dead of Alive Xtreme 3 to the West has been created. As of the time of this posting it has 413 signatures.
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