Dead or Alive has always been known for its "jiggliness," but it seems that might come to an end with Dead or Alive 5.
This policy reversal is championed by the new Team Ninja leader, Yosuke Hayashi.
"The old team was known for making games that just had two primary elements: Sex and violence," Hayashi admitted. "It was very obvious. The new team, we want to take it to a new level -- to a direction that contains emotional experiences that can move players."
"Rather than just having violence for the sake of violence and cheap thrill, we wanted to give meaning to violence: Why does this happen? We want to link emotion to violence." He added "we wanted to make a game that is for mature audiences, that can make adults think."
It is possible to have a strong story in games such Ninja Gaiden, but what about plot-less flesh parades such as Dead or Alive? "We've always had the sex factor in [Dead or Alive]; in the past, the female characters had to have big breasts, they had to have scanty dress," Hayashi conceded. "In DoA 5 especially, we're trying to focus on the real women that surround us; the voice of a female, the mannerisms. We are being realistic about it."