Dead or Alive Creator Tomonobu Itagaki Heavily Criticizes DoA Xtreme 3's Character Selection and More

Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki (Currently CTO at Valhalla Game Studios) doesn’t pull punches, and he expressed some rather negative opinions on Dead or Alive Xtreme 3‘s design and character selection on Facebook, incidentally commenting on our previous article. As a disclaimer, if strong language offends you, you might want to skip this article.

Incidentally, some thought Itagaki-san might have been drunk due to the harsh nature of his comments, but turns out that he wasn’t.

 ” I wasn’t drunk at all. No worries. 😉

Itagaki-san strongly criticized the choice of not including all of the franchise’s female characters, and to let the cast be decided by a popularity vote.

“Really?? Vote??? Not all the female character???? Why?????
I can’t understand what morons conceive…. “

He also did not appreciate the cast of heroines selected for the game.

Huh??? Almost all are Asian…
Exception is only representative of Lolita Complex…
Simply Crazy.

[Editor’s note: Itagaki-san was erroneously shown a slightly outdated result, that was published halfway through the voting period, In the actual final result Leifang was overtaken by Helena, bringing the count of western characters to two among nine]

Itagaki-san then mentioned that he feels that the game’s concept is out of date.

“In short, this strange game’s concept is thoroughly out‐of‐date, morons’ fate…”

Lastly, he also explained why he thinks that the current team cannot include the jet sky race courses from Dead Or Alive Xtreme 2.

“It’s too early for you to feel sad. Because there is possibility they hadn’t yet thrown away their Craziness (oh no! I mean “Braveness”) to make a dead copy of DOAX2’s racing courses.

I told you that “They can’t create brand new courses”.
Because it’s technically impossible for them. That’s simply a matter of skills.
Besides, if they wanted to do so, in the first place, they have to change the form of Zack island from scratch.
But Zack island had already sunk! Everybody know that.

Incidentally, Itagaki-san doesn’t just have harsh words to spare. He commented positively on Vanillaware’s games.

“Simply, I like it.”

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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