How Dead or Alive 5 Became a Little Bigger

While in the development stage, Team Ninja had displayed the possibility of releasing Dead or Alive 5 with much less sexuality illustrated in the female characters. Director Yohei Shimbori tells Gamasutra, “We were getting feedback from the overseas offices to tone down the sexuality — to tone down the sexiness of the game, and of the characters,” then explains how gamer feedback changed their decision. Shimbori stated, “We actually got a lot of feedback from people who were playing it, saying, ‘We want bigger breasts. Make the characters more like that.’ That was kind of surprising.”

However, with this aspect of the game being its trademark, which also spawned the fan service spin-off,  Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, just how surprising is it? Shimbori continues to say, “There’s definitely still room for having sexualized aspects. If you have a solid fighting game system there, there’s nothing wrong with having beautiful characters as a layer on top of that — that’s another layer of entertainment that there’s a need for. If there wasn’t a need for it, people wouldn’t have responded to the alpha demo like they did, and send us feedback.” Good on you, Shimbori, for keeping the fans as your first priority!

Dead or Alive 5  was released September 25, 2012.