Dead or Alive 6 was supposed to be tamer than its predecessors, but Eurogamer.net reports that it’s just as lewd as ever. While default costumes show characters like the 18-year-old Honoka all covered up, you can unlock alternative outfits that reveal a dizzying degree of skin. Breast physics are also back, but they’re tied to clothing this time, so the more that a fighter lets loose, the more jiggle you’re going to see on screen. The feature can be turned off if you prefer, but the title looks static this way.
Perhaps most interesting is that producer and game director Yohei Shimbori doesn’t feel like the game can get away from its hyper-sexualised roots. “The thing is, this is part of the legacy of Dead or Alive,” he said. “If you lose this, the core fans would move away. So you can't really move it.” The compromise from publisher Koei Tecmo in a changing culture is to make the more saucy threads unlockable, so you never need interact with them if you don’t want to.
For the likes of Shimbori and his team, it all just sounds like a distraction that detracts from the work it’s investing into the actual gameplay. “We are honouring the long-term fans and making sure they also get what they expect,” he continued. “We would really appreciate it if the media would focus more on the topic of we are building a good game here and not only focusing on this jiggle talk.” Yeah, good luck with that!