Fans wanted bigger breasts in Dead or Alive 5 says director - Team Ninja initially tried to tone down sexuality

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • September 27, 2012 at 8:31 a.m. PDT
Fans wanted bigger breasts in Dead or Alive 5 says director - Team Ninja initially tried to tone down sexuality The debate whether Dead or Alive 5 is too sexual has been a constant subject in our community, but when Team Ninja toned down the sexuality in their latest release, the fans responded that they didn't like the change of direction.


Dead or Alive 5 director, Yohei Shimbori, commented on how things played out.
"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.

"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.

"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."
Noting that Team Ninja learned some things with the release of Ninja Gaiden 3, they cited that it's very important to have the power of the series behind you, honoring what existing fans want to see.

Shimbori added that fan feedback hasn't changed much over the years, that players want cool, unique characters, entertaining stages, and a balanced core gameplay system, and apparently expect to see large breasts.

Source: Gamasutra.
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