Shuhei Yoshida, The President of Sony Computer Entertainment, had an interview with 4gamer (Translated page from Google) about the Playstation Experience Expo that happened earlier in the month, in which he talked about some of the major announcements including PSVR and titles from Japanese development teams such as Ni no Kuni 2, and Final Fantasy VII Remake.
It was during this time that the interviewer decided to bring up Koei Tecmo’s Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, which has seen its fair share of controversy with Koei Tecmo deciding to refuse to release the game outside of Japan. Yoshida responded to the mention of the game with:
It’s due to cultural differences. The West has it’s own thinking about how to depict women in games media which is different from Japan […] Speaking personally, if it is a representation acceptable to the general people in Japan, I wouldn’t be concerned about it in Japan. It’s a difficult problem.
Yoshida provided an example with Dragon’s Crown, Vanillaware’s RPG-Beat’em up which received criticism over the depictions of the Barbarian and more so for the Sorceress, which lead to lowered reviews from publications such as Polygon, and Eurogamer.
This is probably the most truthful conversation about the controversy, after Koei Tecmo retracted the statement from Facebook revealing a very similar statement.
What do you think of the Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Controversy? Should the game be released outside of Asia or stay away? Let us know in the comments.