Fri. Mar 31st, 2023
Please don't do anything immoral with this character, modders.

Please don’t do anything immoral with this character, modders.

After nearly 20 years of console exclusivity, Koei Tecmo finally brings the Dead or alive series to the PC with a port of Dead or Alive 5: Final Round next month. But the developer is issuing an early warning that potential modders better behave if they want the franchise to continue on the platform.

“We’re dealing with mod issues from an IP holder’s perspective,” said Koei Tecmo producer Yosuke Hayashi in an interview with trade magazine MCV. “We want to ask PC users to play our game with good morals and in a good manner. Otherwise, we won’t be able to release any more titles for PC.”

Hayashi didn’t exactly address what he considered “good and moral” (or bad and immoral) modding, but his words could serve as a warning to make the game’s scantily clad fighters even more scantily clad by using in-game models to mess. It’s not hard to find footage of “nude mods” for the existing console versions of the game running through emulators or custom consoles; making something similar on a PC version would probably be trivial.

While Dead or alive is already famous (or infamous) for its well-endowed, barely-covered fighters, Hayashi defended the revealing nature of the unmodified character models for MCV. “Our characters, both male and female, are created in a fantasy setting and use extraordinary abilities to compete against each other in a distinctly light-hearted, over-the-top universe,” he said. “Their abilities are very balanced and we want to present them all as dynamic, strong, sexy and confident.”

“What’s important to remember is that Dead or alive is a series developed in Japan, where the interpretation of beauty is very different from that of Europe or the US,” he added.

On the other hand, Hayashi’s mention of an “IP-holder” perspective could indicate concerns about modders putting other famous characters in the business. Dead or alive engine. In 2004, Marvel sued City of heroes creator Cryptic Studios for character creation tools that made it easy for players to create in-game facsimiles of famous comic book characters. The case was eventually settled out of court under undisclosed terms.

As it stands, companies like Sony need to be vigilant about removing copyrighted content used in games like Little big planet. Of course, user-created mods are slightly different from content created with in-game tools, but Koei Tecmo can just be extremely wary of getting dragged into potential legal battles.

We have contacted Koei Tecmo representatives to clarify the matter. For now, though, modders should know that they’re expected to be on their best behavior if they don’t want their toys taken away.

By akfire1

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