I was impressed when Team Ninja announced that Dead Or Alive 5 would ‘focus on the real women that surround us; the voice of a female, the mannerisms.’ However things started to fall apart when we discovered the game was to get ‘costume specific boob bounce‘ and since then Tecmo has been parading bikini clad babes at every opportunity.
Team Ninja were about to drag the Dead Of Alive series out of the gutter but they failed to live up to their initial promise, why?
“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,” said game director Yohei Shimbori.
However once the fans got to play a demo of the game that was shipped with Ninja Gaiden 3 a very different message was received. “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.”
It’s rather sad that Team Ninja were pressured in to giving their characters big, bouncy bosoms and even more disappointing that they have tried to justify their inclusion.
“If you have a solid fighting game system there, there’s nothing wrong with having beautiful characters as a layer on top of that,” said Shimbori, “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,” he concluded. Do you have a need for huge, digital breasts with their own physics engine in your fighting games? Let us know in the comments.