“Dead or Alive Xtreme 3” publisher Koei Tecmo has finally acknowledged and responded to the criticisms that have surrounded a single Facebook comment made on the game. Following a comment made by one of its own personnel, there has been a firestorm of discussions on debate on the alleged media’s treatment of women and its so-called effect on the lack of release of anticipated title “Dead or Alive Xtreme 3” in western territories.

In a statement released via Twitter, Koei Tecmo stated that the Facebook comment was not the company’s opinion on the matter. Instead, it was the sole opinion of the personnel who had been maintaining the Facebook page.

“The comment recently made by an employee regarding Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 on the Dead or Alive official Facebook page only reflect that individual’s opinion and not the opinion or business strategy of Koei Tecmo Games,” said the developer via its official Facebook page.

Koei Tecmo also clarified that, despite the events and debates that followed, it still has not changed its plans on the release of “Dead or Alive Xtreme 3” for the Western region. Koei Tecmo’s stands firm on its decision on the release of “Dead or Alive Xtreme 3” in the west, saying that the company respects its global audience and the indifference among the cultures. This statement came from multiple Twitter accounts on behalf of the company, Kotaku reported. On the upside, the publisher is releasing an English language version of the game in Asia, which is one way for those in the west to still play the game in their own language..

The issue started when popular retailer Play-Asia criticised Koei Tecmo’s decision with an “SJW nonsense” remark, which ultimately sparked the debates. SJW or “social justice warrior” is a term used by groups and individuals to insult and mock those who criticise the media industry for lack of sexual, racial and gender equality.

This is not the first time that Play-Asia did something unexpected in recent memory. “Final Fantasy XV” fans had been excited by the released image of a custom Xbox One controller designed specifically for the game. Later, the website retracted the image shared on Facebook page and its official website.

Whether “Dead or Alive Xtreme 3” hits the Western territories or not, it looks like the talks won’t end, at least until the release date. “Dead or Alive Xtreme 3” is scheduled for release in 2016 as the game is still under development.

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"Dead or Alive Xtreme 3" gameplay teaser (Credit: YouTube/XCageGame)