Last week, comments were made by someone at Koei Tecmo stating that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 wasn't coming to the West. When pushed for reasoning, the party running the game's Facebook page hinted that it could have something to do with the West having a bigger focus on feminism. The whole thing went down as well as you'd expect with some saying that 'social justice warriors' were 'censoring games', and others happy the title wouldn't grace our shores.
Well, Koei Tecmo have now disowned the comments, saying these were the views of one person, and not necessarily the actual reasoning for the game's absence across seas. In a statement on Facebook, they said:
The comments recently made by an employee regarding DEAD OR ALIVE Xtreme 3 on this 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 strategising 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.
As I noted before, I firmly believe that this decision has nothing to do with social movements and everything to do with the franchise's dwindling popularity in the West. At some point, the marketing isn't worth it, and the audience is too small to support a release, financially. I doubt we will ever know the full story though.