Koei Tecmo is suing a man with no name for selling a Dead or Alive DVD full of nude mods. The specific game in question is the Japanese-only release Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation, which features the characters in extremely petite bikinis. The franchise is best known for its female characters, but nudity is never included in the games themselves, although some of the bikinis are barely there. Regardless, Koei Tecmo was not amused when they discovered that a DVD with nude modifications was being sold on an auction site.
The Japanese store Famitsu says that in Dead or Alive the footage was modified to “remove the characters’ clothing” and that it was being sold. According to a new report, Koei Tecmo is “presenting the lawsuit as a case of malicious copyright infringement, and plans to initiate both a criminal case and a civil lawsuit against the alleged” author of the modified nude album. The 3D fighting game is a massive worldwide franchise. In 2015, prior to the release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, which was the first DOA game to come to PC, game director Yohei Shimbori asked PC players to “play our game with good morals and in a ”.
While Yohei Shimbori did not mention nudity specifically, he stated that if the Dead or Alive games weren’t played in “good morals and form,” they would no longer be made for PC. It’s unclear if Shimbori will instruct Koei Tecmo to halt production of the titles for the PC platform after the nude mods found their way online and for sale. You can read Koei Tecmo’s full statement below.
“The reproduction (including some modifications), distribution, and distribution of our copyrighted work without our permission is an act that infringes on the rights of the copyright holder and is illegal. We will take decisive action against such illegal acts. We will continue to crack down on copyright infringement and strive to provide games that satisfy our fans. We don’t deny derivative work, but we can take action based on a) the discomfort felt by our fans and b) the feelings of the developers. ”
Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation allows players to invite women to a private island, where they can determine who is the strongest. It also allows them to determine who is the most beautiful. the Dead or Alive The delivery is currently only available for Japanese players in the Steam site and it is unclear whether it will be for American players. Regardless, if so, Koei Tecmo will likely go out of his way to ensure that the game cannot be modified to include nude women in various sexual positions, just like the DVD.
At the time of writing, Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation is still available to Japanese video game players on Steam. However, it would not be surprising to see it removed after hearing Yohei Shimbori’s warning from 2015. It is unclear how many copies of the modified nude Alive or Dead DVD the anonymous man was able to sell, but it was enough to get the attention of Koei Tecmo. PC gamer was one of the first outlets to report on the Dead or Alive DVD nude mod.