During the initial release release of Dead or Alive Xtreme: Venus Vacation on Steam there were quite a few missing features compared to what was in the DMM Japanese version of the game that came out years earlier. Well, now that Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation‘s beta phase on Steam has concluded, the fully released version in Southeast Asia has brought back some of the missing features that some gamers had originally thought to be censored.
As noted by Twinfinite, the official launch of Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation is only available for those in China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam. Every other region is blocked from accessing the Steam store page, even though the game itself is in English.
You can go through some steps and follow a guide to access the Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation Steam page if you’re outside of Asia.
If you do so, you’ll find that the game has been updated compared to what was present (feature wise) during the beta, where some gamers thought that Koei Tecmo had censored the game. In reality they were still implementing some of the features that only just arrived with the game graduating from beta testing.
Some of these features include the ability to tug on the girls’ bikinis, the bikini malfunctions, as well as the ability to interact and touch the girls during the menu sequences.
The touching feature was definitely something a lot of people noticed was absent during the initial Steam release of the game. It’s a fairly prominent feature in the Japanese version of the game hosted by DMM, and you can see it in action with the video below from A.I. Games.
The videos uploaded so far for the Steam version don’t actually highlight the touching feature (yet) but gamers are talking about it with quite the ebullience over on the Steam forums and in the review section.
Originally a lot of gamers were critical of Koei Tecmo’s port of Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation from DMM to Steam, because they felt that the game was censored. It was missing certain features and Koei wasn’t being very communicative about the Steam release at all.
However, following the latest maintenance update, the game now allows you to touch the girls.
There’s still no word on if Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation will make its way outside of Southeast Asia. The launch trailer for the Steam version was featured on the Koei Tecmo Taiwan channel, but there’s just been silence on the other fronts.
It’s a real shame, but the common theory is that Koei Tecmo is sticking to their guns after they made those comments back in 2015 about feminists and the portrayal of women in media, and they would rather avoid a firestorm of criticism from bloggers and activist-journalists by not releasing the newer Dead or Alive Xtreme games in the West… officially.
On the console side of things at least gamers are able to purchase the uncensored version of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet (with English language support) for the Nintendo Switch from the Japanese eShop or import a physical copy from Play-Asia.com. PC gamers in the West, however, will have to settle for using the VPN workarounds to access Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation on Steam.
(Thanks for the news tip Richard Pell and Zach Z)