The Dead or Alive series is one that could make for an interesting conversion to virtual reality (VR) technology, mainly because few if any fighting-based videogames are yet to support the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). But, while the main series is still yet to integrate support, one of its most controversial spin-offs, Dead or Alive Xtreme, will be utilising the tech in the near future. Koei Tecmo has announced that the upcoming Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will be support the PlayStation VR HMD on PlayStation 4.
As reported by Dualshockers, the news was announced at this week’s Tokyo Game Show (TGS) in Japan. During a stage event for the title, which is also on its way the PlayStation Vita, Koei Tecmo Producer Yosuke Hayashi confirmed that the upcoming beach volley ball experience would support Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) new device, which was until recently known by its codename of Project Morpheus.
The Dead or Alive Xtreme series has often attracted criticism for its portrayal of female fighters from the main series in beachwear, though clearly never enough to keep Koei Tecmo and developer Team Ninja from producing the series that has spawned numerous sequels. That said, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 will be the first in the series’ history to also feature male characters.
The title is said to be coming to Japan in the second quarter of 2016, which is around the same time that many expect PlayStation VR to launch. A Western release is yet to be confirmed, though Hayashi has previous said that an adjusted version of the title could come to North America if there is a high demand for it.
VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR updates relating to the Dead or Alive franchise, reporting back with the latest news.