Sony’s Project Morpheus, recently renamed to the PlayStation VR, has intrigued gamers with its many possibilities. The PlayStation VR could be used to make combat more immersive, puzzles more interactive, and of course, fan service more realistic.
One developer well-known for their fan service games wasted no time pouncing on the opportunity. In an announcement at TGS, developer Tecmo Koei announced plans to bring the next entry to the Dead or Alive series to the PlayStation VR.
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the latest iteration of the beach volleyball spin-off of the iconic fighting game, will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita. The most surprising part of Tecmo Koei’s announcement at Tokyo Game Show, however, was declaring that the PS4 version of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 could be played using the PlayStation VR. The exact way this will work wasn’t explained, and it would appear that it’s still in the development stages. One of the demonstration slides indicated that PlayStation VR support was only under consideration, but the producer specifically stated at the event that it would be supported, so it seems they only just made this decision.
In addition, Tecmo Koei announced the results of the character poll they’ve been running to determine which characters will appear in the game. The top 9 characters who will be playable (in order of popularity) are Marie Rose, Honoka, Kasumi, Ayane, Kokoro, Nyotengu, Hitomi, Momiji, and Elena. The PS4 and Vita versions of the title have been officially named ‘Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune‘ and ‘Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus’ respectively, and both are slated for release in Spring 2016 in Japan. Tecmo Koei does not have plans to release the game in other territories at this time.
The success of the virtual reality peripheral is partially dependent on the titles that are playable with it, and the scantily-clad fanservice in the Dead or Alive series may be just what it needs to sell units. Of course, some may not appreciate the series coming to the PlayStation VR. The Dead or Alive community has previously banned skimpier costumes from competitive play, fearing that gamers who’ve never played the games would be “pushed away” by the costumes. Of course, the Dead or Alive Xtreme beach volleyball spin-off has always been less serious and more focused on fan service than its fighting-game counterpart, so Tecmo Koei’s decision to take it to the next level shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
While the draw of jiggle physics in a fully-3D virtual reality world may sound enticing, it won’t be worth it if the PlayStation VR has the same drawbacks as prior virtual reality headsets, with side effects of dizziness, eye strain, and nausea. In any case, since the game will be playable with or without the headset, gamers can always switch to a traditional TV view if the three-dimensional version gets to be too much.
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will be released in Japan in Spring 2016 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, with support for the PlayStation VR.