The denied western release for Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 caused quite a lot of discussion among fans, and SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida was asked to give his opinion by the Japanese site 4Gamer.
“Instead of being conscious of an overseas release, it was probably judged to be better to aim only at the Japanese market. After all, there is a cultural difference. That’s because in the west the awareness on how women should be depicted in media such as games is different than in Japan.
As for my personal opinion, if a representation is generally acceptable to the public within the Japanese culture, I think Japanese people don’t mind, but it is a difficult problem.
I really liked Dragon’s Crown for PS3 and PS Vita, but the title was harshly criticized and received some very low review scores.”
Update: Yoshida-san further clarified the statement on review scores:
@haeleos I know, it was lost in translation, I said some reviewers knocked down the score based on some character design
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) December 14, 2015
One thing is for sure: while Dragon’s Crown did get a few criminally low review scores, with some calling it “gross and alienating,” reception was generally positive. It surely didn’t get a low score here.
Now, where’s that Dragon’s Crown PS4 remaster, Shu?