PC Modders Defy Team Ninja's Threats, Release Nude Mods For 'Dead Or Alive 5 Last Round'

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It seems like Yohei Shimbori, the Game Director for "Dead or Alive 5 Last Round," has discovered the Streisand effect in the hardest way possible. The director's threats to the PC modding community to refrain from creating nude mods for the game have utterly backfired.

In true rebellious fashion, modders have responded by creating various nude mods for the game, much to the consternation of the developer Team Ninja. To add salt to the wound, the modders worked extra hard and were really prompt in their quest to bring nude skins to the game. Kotaku reports (note: the link contains images that are not safe for work) that the modders were able to ship nude skins in less than 24 hours since the game's launch. Needless to say, the mods are restricted to the PC version of the game, which had released on March 30.

User mods are a serious cause of strife between the gaming community and content creators. This is true for various reasons ranging from mods that enable cheating to potentially scandalous examples such as nude mods. Team Ninja's Shimbori had already made his apprehension towards releasing "Dead or Alive 5 Last Round" on the PC clear back in February. The Game Director had threatened PC gamers that this would be their last game for the PC platform, if the modding community were to release nude mods.

"We have to deal with mod issues from an IP holder perspective," said "Last Round" director Yohei Shimbori in an interview with MCV UK. "We would like to ask PC users to play our game in good and moral manner; otherwise, we won't be able to release a title for PC again."

Modding portals such as Lustful Illumination (note: the link contains images that are not safe for work) have released nude mods for three female characters from the game – Ayane, Momiji and Rose. Considering the speed with which the naked skins have appeared, it wouldn't be surprising to find the same for the entire "Last Round" roster.

Meanwhile, there's no official word from either the developer or the publisher Koei Tecmo on this matter. However, users on the Steam community forums have reported various instances of the publishing cracking down on such mods. Even YouTube videos demonstrating the mods are being taken down one after another. The takedowns aren't solely restricted to nude mods either, according to PC Gamer. Benign mods affecting gameplay and visuals have also been targeted by the publisher.

It's evident that it was a lost cause for Team Ninja to exhort the PC gaming community from modding its game. The rebellious nature of this platform and the sheer resourcefulness of the modders therein stand testimony to their resilience. "Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's" nude mod controversy seems to have joined the already on-going tug of war between PC modders and Microsoft over a modded version of the ye-unreleased "Halo Online," which was leaked with the region-locking and microtransactions completely stripped off by the modders.

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DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round (credit: DEAD OR ALIVE YouTube channel)