The controversial Dead or Alive fighting game series is set to make a return next year, with Dead or Alive 6 coming to multiple platforms. Fans more or less know what to expect when it comes to this series at this point, and now the ESRB has revealed their rating for the game along with a description.
The ESRB has given Dead or Alive 6 an M-rating, which is for Blood, Language, Sexual Themes and Violence. The following is the complete rating summary:
“This is a fighting game in which players engage in one-on-one matches with martial artists from around the world. Players mostly use punches and kicks to drain opponents’ life meters in fast-paced matches. Fighters can perform specialized attacks (e.g., magic blasts, exaggerated impact strikes), which are highlighted by slow-motion effects, close-up camera angles, and blood-splatter effects. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: robotic characters cut in half with a sword; helicopter machine guns shooting characters on the ground. A handful of costumes depict characters with narrow strips of cloth that barely cover their buttocks and/or pelvic areas. Some female fighters’ breasts jiggle while standing or fighting. In some sequences, players have the ability to zoom in on characters’ cleavage, posterior, or underwear, and take pictures. The word “sh*t” appears in the dialogue.”
Considering all of the controversy in recent years regarding female depictions in video games, the Dead or Alive series is one that has regularly found itself in hot water. There was lots of talk in recent times about the potential of the new installment in the series being toned down in light of this, which did not make the fanbase happy. It seems like the new game will be just about as risque as the series has ever been, but it looks like fans will just have to wait until launch to find out.
One aspect of the series that won’t be returning is the OMG Boob physics mode, which director Yohei Shimbori said was “too exaggerated” and would not be included in the upcoming game.
Dead or Alive 6 is developed by Team Ninja and published by Koei Tecmo. The game is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, with the release date being February 15th, 2019 for all platforms.