It’s recently come to our attention some very interesting insight on the Dead or Alive Extreme 3 debacle this past week, and this time it comes from the President of Sony himself, Shuhei Yoshida.
In a recent interview with 4gamer, Yoshida was talking how the Japan’s game marketplace had reached “adulthood”, but they had to be conscious of their decision when it comes to the oversea market.
This spurred the interviewer to bring up the recent controversy of Dead Or Alive Extreme 3 not coming to the west due to the western issues of female depictions in video games. Yoshida replied with this:
It’s due to cultural differences. The West has it’s 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.
Yoshida even brought up how Dragon’s Crown met with similar criticism (regarding their portrayal of women), and even attributed some of the game’s lower scores due to that.
I loved Dragon’s Crown, but that title got some criticism. And it got extremely low points in [some] reviews.
This is probably the most telling reason we’ll get regarding this issue, and it seems to reinforce many peoples’ fears of Japanes game developers and publishers not bringing their games to the west in fear of similar criticisms.
Editor’s note: Translations done by Claude Smith and @mombot.