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Fans 'wanted sexualised characters' in Dead or Alive 5, claims director

"There's nothing wrong with having beautiful characters"

When Dead or Alive 5 was announced, it was said it would stay true to its roots, but would sport "a new, more mature, look." After fan feedback, we can scrap that last bit it.

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You ordered the breast?

The Dead or Alive series is probably best known for its female fighter's ample bosom. When director Yohei Shimbori, was told to tone down the sexual aspect, it was thought that the game would step away from that, and Dead or Alive 5 would still be a solid fighting game, but perhaps with a little less bounce.

A less sexualised Dead or Alive game was short lived though. Speaking to Gamasutra, Shimbori said that they "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." Shimbori explains that as a director he tries to keep an open mind and really listen to what the fans want, so that is what Team Ninja did.

Ignoring the feedback "to tone down the sexiness of the game, and of the characters," Dead or Alive 5 has all the big breasted women the fans apparently want. Shimbori explains that there is a lot of power in "having a series behind you," and "there are existing fans out there, and you have to think about the people who have supported the series for so long, and you want to make sure that the game that you make appeals to them first, and satisfies those fans first."

Shimbori goes on to say that there is "still room for having sexualised aspects...If you have a solid fighting game system there, there's nothing wrong with having beautiful characters as a layer on top of that - 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."

Wondering if Dead or Alive 5 is worth it? Check out our Dead or Alive 5 review.