DOAX3 was released exclusively to Asian markets, and following protests from fans, Team Ninja head Yosuke Hayashi said a version of the game "adjusted for North America" might come to the West, if the demand was high enough. However, on November 24th 2015, Team Ninja stated that they would not release the game in Western territories. The Asian version includes an English language option, and is region-free on both systems. Following the announcement not to release the game outside Asia, it was widely acknowledged that this was due to avoid criticism of the sexualized portrayal of women in the games. It clearly wasn't due to lack of demand- DOAX3 collectively shipped 190,000 copies within a month of its release, and rapidly broke import game retailer Play-Asia's sales records.
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, said in a statement; "It's due to cultural differences. The West has its own thinking about how to depict women in games media which is different from Japan […] Speaking personally, if it is a representation acceptable to the general people in Japan, I wouldn't be concerned about it in Japan. It's a difficult problem". So, what do you think of Team Ninja's decision not to distribute DOAX3 in the Western World, due primarily to the feared backlash from feminist anti-gaming campaigners? Is this fair, or a travesty of justice?
- Absolutely- these damned feminists ruin everything!
- Yes- it's a free market, people should have been allowed to buy it anywhere
- Maybe, maybe not
- No- they made the right call not to release it or publicize it in the West
- Absolutely not- a game which sexualized women like that should have been banned worldwide!
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I don't know anything about this game but it being due to females in the west bitching about it. They honestly this just proves feminists and anything against the game due to the dumb reason. Can not accept cultural differences which honestly comes off as bad. How the hell can we accept other countries if we won't accept or try to understand their cultural differences?
So many video games are honestly ruined due to the western culture and mindset. Thanks to them not wanting to accept anyone else.