As of February 13th, 2019, Japanese gaming outlet COMG!, has a listing for the top pre-orders for games set to release soon. It should come as no one’s surprise that Dead or Alive 3: Scarlet actually has higher pre-orders for the PS4 than Dead or Alive 6.
If you check the pre-order page you’ll see that at the very top of the list is Devil May Cry 5 from Capcom. Further down the list in 12th place is Dead or Alive 3: Scarlet, and further down in 18th place is Dead or Alive 6.
So the top three are Devil May Cry 5, followed by Catherine: Full Body, and Super Robot Teisen. All of the games on the pre-order list are for the PS4, with the exception of Super Robot Teisen for the Nintendo Switch, which is in 10th place. Sadly, the Nintendo Switch version of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet for the Nintendo Switch did not make the top 20 list, but that’s likely because it’s gained a lot more traction and momentum with Western audiences after it was announced that the game would contain English subtitles. So pre-orders are currently live over on Play-Asia.com, where gamers are attempting to grab the Switch version.
What’s embarrassing, though, is that Dead or Alive 6, which has received a heck of a lot more promotion than Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet, is resting in 18th place. I guess all of Shimbori’s flip–flopping in the media hasn’t done the game any favors in the eyes of Japanese gamers?
As I said… that’s embarrassing.
Even though director and producer of Dead or Alive 6, Yohei Shimbori, has tried to indispose the attention of gamers away from Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet by saying that the spin-off series is “too extreme” and that the fan-service is “too exaggerated”, it appears his subversive tactics to build hype for Dead or Alive 6 isn’t working out so great. At least, not as far as COMG! customers are concerned.
Dead or Alive 6 is due out on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 1st. Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet is due out only in certain Asian territories for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch starting March 24th. Even though the latter game isn’t heading to the West, you can still purchase it from Play-Asia.com.
(Thanks for the news tip zac za)