Dead or Alive spinoff series Xtreme has had huge success in Asia, but Koei Tecmo tries khổng lồ keep it a secret lớn North American audiences.

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You might be wondering where Dead or Alive 6"s latest DLC character comes from since Koei Tecmo pretends that Dead or Alive Xtreme doesn"t exist in North America. But it does, and you should know about it.

Dead or Alive has always been a fighting trò chơi franchise that has over accentuated their female fighters" assets. The first trò chơi released on the Sega Saturn and PlayStation 1 back in the "90s to middling success, but Dead or Alive 2 hit the Dreamcast & PlayStation 2 with its vastly improved hardware. Notably, the consoles allowed for then-novel "jiggle physics" that made parts of the women fighters anatomy far more life-like.


Since then it’s been pretty much standard issue for all Dead or Alive games khổng lồ come after it, including the bizarre spinoff series that began with Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball.


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Although the game reviewed relatively well and even had some decent volleyball gameplay, you will not find a more transparent attempt khổng lồ grab the eyes of lonely hetero male gamers in any other video game franchise.

Transparent though it may be, the ploy worked. Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball 2 came out in 2006 for the Xbox 360, followed by Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 for the PS4 in 2016. However, that last game was only available for Asian audiences as Xtreme 3 never made it lớn North America.

This is where things get weird. Xtreme 3 was eventually turned into a free-to-play PC version called Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation. It reuses a lot of DOAX3"s assets but adds a few minigames khổng lồ fit the new demographic. It launched in nhật bản in 2017 and included English subtitles, but it never released in Europe or North America.


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Venus Vacation was a huge success in Japan, however. So successful that Koei Tecmo regularly advertises using the Venus Vacation name.

It became clear in năm ngoái just what was going on. A Koei Tecmo employee posted a bizarre rant against DOAX3 on the company Facebook page that was quickly taken down, but in their apology, Koei Tecmo made it clear they were keeping the Dead or Alive Xtreme series to Japan/Asia-only.


Fast-forward khổng lồ 2020 và we"ve recently found out that one of the new characters added in Venus Vacation is now coming lớn Dead or Alive 6 as a DLC character. Takami is a swimsuit model with no obvious martial arts background, but that doesn"t appear khổng lồ be stopping Koei Tecmo from shoehorning her into a trò chơi she was never intended for.

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The best part? As Twinfinite points out, the Japanese ads for Takami openly acknowledge her Venus Vacation origins, but the North American ads leave it out. She"s just a "curious gal" that"s wearing a string đồ lót to a street fight.


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