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Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (also known as DOAX3, DOA Xtreme 3 or simply Xtreme 3) is the 18th game in the series overall, as well as the fourth game in the Xtreme series. Originally to be released on February 25, 2016, later delayed to March 24, 2016.
The game comes in four named versions: Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune (デッドオアアライブエクストリーム3 フォーチュン Deddo oa Araibu Ekusutorīmu Surī Fōchun) for the PlayStation 4, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus (デッドオアアライブエクストリーム3 ヴィーナス Deddo oa Araibu Ekusutorīmu Surī Vīnasu) for the PlayStation Vita, Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation (デッドオアアライブエクストリーム ヴィーナス バケーション Deddo oa Araibu Ekusutorīmu Vīnasu Bakēshon) for PC, and Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet (デッドオアアライブエクストリーム3 スカーレット Deddo oa Araibu Ekusutorīmu Surī Sukāretto) for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. This also marks the first Xtreme title to be put on a PlayStation home console. However, this is the second Xtreme title to appeared in PlayStation platform since Dead or Alive Paradise. It is also the third Dead or Alive game to be on PC version, as well as the first Xtreme title to be on the PC.
The PlayStation versions of the game are currently only available in the Asian regions due to certain specific reasons. However, it does not affect the PC version, which is much safer. Additionally, PC version will be F2P/Free-to-Play.
The game will also include a VR mode on September, which had been hinted at in the 2016 Dead or Alive Festival, but its VR support, which were meant to be released on October 13, 2016 was suddenly delayed due to technical problems, leaving the actual release date remain unknown. When first unveiled to the public, it gained some controversy due to the demonstration of the gameplay having Kasumi giving lines and body language that indicated that she was unwilling to be touched, implying sexual harassment, until it was announced to be released on January 24, 2017. Nibori later explained that her reaction in the demo was because the demo was standalone, and that playing the game with the VR connected will have the girls being more willing to be touched depending on their bond level. The free to play version was released on October 13, where Kasumi is confirmed to be playable for free, although the other girls still require either payment or getting the full version. On June 28, 2017, a new title for the VR versions was given as Dead or Alive Xtreme Sense, which will be part of the Sense series of games for various Koei-Tecmo games for the PlayStation VR sense system. It was reported that the VR mode for the game will include an ability to utilize the smell and touch methods (the former to smell the girls, and the latter with an undefined purpose in the showcase), and also cause a splash via a mist icon.
On November 17/18, 2018, during Dead or Alive Festival, it was revealed a new version of the game, called Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet, would be released on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. It's mostly the same game as the original Xtreme 3 Fortune, but it includes Leifang and Misaki, both taken from Venus Vacation. The Nintendo Switch version adds HD rumble functionalities and is uncensored, since because of Sony's new regulations regarding sexual content some of the game's original elements were removed on the PS4 version. Sakuta D in a Famitsu interview for Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation's second anniversary also expressed interest in adding more content to Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, however nothing came out of it years after the release of the game.
Reminiscing about the old days at New Zack Island, Zack has opened up the resort once again.
However, due to his commitments on another important job, Zack appoints a temporary owner (the player) to be in charge of the island while he is gone.
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- Kasumi, a beautiful nukenin ("missing shinobi") and former member of the legendary Mugen Tenshin clan. As of late, whenever Kasumi reads her fortune, it leads her to New Zack Island. Wanting to know what's waiting for her, Kasumi goes to the island to find the answer.
- Momiji, a kunoichi of the Hayabusa clan and the last Dragon Shrine Maiden. After receiving an invite claiming to be from her mentor, Ryu Hayabusa, Momiji reluctantly goes to New Zack Island to take a break from her training.
- Hitomi, a young world-class fighter born to a Japanese mother and strict German father, who taught his daughter karate from an early age. Missing Ein after he returned to his true identity as the shinobi Hayate, Hitomi goes to New Zack Island to get distracted from Hayate and have some fun before returning to her training.
- Helena Douglas, the youthful leader of the newly-reformed DOATEC. Helena accepts an invitation from Zack to go to New Zack Island. She at first wonders what he is planning this time around, though decides that it is none of her concern and wants to take a break.
- Marie Rose, the servant of Helena whose devilish smile hides her secrets and keeps her shrouded in mystery. Though puzzled as to why her employer wanted her to take a vacation at the island, Marie Rose accepts and goes to enjoy the island.
- Honoka, a sweet, easygoing kind of girl who has been raised all of her life by her gentle and loving grandmother. Winning a free trip to New Zack Island from a raffle, Honoka goes to the island to have some fun and enjoy herself.
- Nyotengu, a mysterious and beautiful tengu whose legends have been passed down from ages old in the depths of Japan's mountains. Arriving at New Zack Island, Nyotengu's wings suddenly disappear. Due to this, Nyotengu decides to take the opportunity to spend some time as a human.
- Kokoro, a positive and cheerful young lady who has mastered the martial art ba ji quan. Happy to be back at New Zack Island, Kokoro decides to just go and enjoy her vacation so that can make some happy memories of the time she spent at the island. She also decides to do more training so that she can win the next tournament.
- Ayane, the brilliant master of the Hajinmon sect, the "dark side" of the Mugen Tenshin clan. Hearing that a certain nukenin was heading to New Zack Island, the clan sends Ayane on a mission to find out more.
- Misaki, the new character who is exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation. She is an exclusive supporter, who always supports the Owner. See her off with a smile full of spirit, and who knows what kind of things she may be able to work hard at? She is a modern day girl who will lightheartedly come into contact with the Owner like a friend. But there is also a side to her that avoids exposing her skin. She is one of only two Venus Vacation characters currently who is included in Scarlet.
- Luna, the new female character who is exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation. She is a scholar who wants to investigate the surroundings of Zack Island. She was released the post-launch Week 3 of Venus Vacation on January 18, 2018. The only thing known about her besides her name is that she apparently likes eating yaki-imo (baked sweet potato).
- Tamaki, the new female character who is exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation. A woman who is described as being very mature and charming. She was released in April 12, 2018.
- Leifang, the female kung fu fighter who is a self-proclaimed rival of Jann Lee. Only in the PC version's Venus Vacation, released in July 5, 2018, as well as Scarlet.
- Fiona, the new female character who is exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation. A European princess of who fell in love with the Owner. She was released in September 27, 2018.
- Nagisa, the new female character who is exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation. The overprotective elder sister of Misaki, she distrusts the Owner immensely. She was released between December 17 and December 20, 2018 (the former date having her being listed as "The Mysterious Goddess").
- Kanna, the new female character who is exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation. An Oni (Japanese demon) with horns and fangs who has an intense, one-sided rivalry with Nyotengu. She was released on April 11, 2019.
- Monica, the new female character who is exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation. An aspiring casino dealer with a seductive side. She was released on August 7, 2019.
- Sayuri, a new female character exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation, who is an aspiring nurse. She was released on December 5, 2019.
- Patty, a new female character exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation. She lived on an island near the Venus Islands. She was released on April 30, 2020.
- Tsukushi, a new female character exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation, who is a university student and a manga artist. She was released on August 26, 2020.
- Lobelia, a new female character exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation, who knows Fiona and is a daughter of a noble family. She was released on December 25, 2020.
- Nanami, a new female character exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation, who is an old friend of Misaki's, and by extend, Nagisa. She was released on April 1, 2021.
- Elise, a new female character exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation, who has previously been an owner for one of the islands in the Venus Islands. She was released on July 14, 2021.
- Koharu, a new female character exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation, who is a young landlady in training. She was released on November 2, 2021.
- Tina Armstrong, the female wrestler seeking to further her goals who is the daughter of Bass Armstrong. Only in the PC version's Venus Vacation, released on January 28, 2022.
- Amy, a new female character exclusive to PC version's Venus Vacation, who is a graduate student and an engineer. She was released on April 5, 2022.
Dummied data for Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation has indicated that there's going to be over 20+ characters, at least four of which could be Christie, Mila and Rachel, leaving Tina and Lisa being the only ones who are still not on the list. Although the order indicated that Christie would have followed Nagisa, this was revealed to be false with the addition of Kanna. Tina was eventually confirmed to appear after Leifang during the fourth anniversary livestream.
- Zack, the man responsible for New Zack Island. Busy on another important job, Zack appoints a temporary owner to take care of the island while he is gone.
Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is a sports game played from a third-person perspective and retains the camera mode from the earlier installments in the Dead or Alive Xtreme series. It features multiple gameplay modes, which includes mini-games such as beach volleyball and "butt battle". Game modes include beach flag, in which characters will compete in a race to retrieve a flag, and rock climbing. The feature which displays tan lines and swimsuit malfunctions is only available in PlayStation 4 version. In addition, there is a new suntanning system. As the player unlocks new costumes for one character, the items will also be available for use to all characters. There are also new modes like Girl Mode, where the player can take direct control of the girl they have selected, and Owner Mode, where the player becomes an owner of another island. The player is also able to initiate various activities with the girls, such as dating.
A new variation known as Photo Paradise was released in September 2016, allowing Owners to take gravure pictures of the heroines in a variety of poses and swimsuits. The PlayStation Vita version uses the console's touch panel and gyro sensor features. The PS4 was later added a virtual reality functionality.
In 2013, it was mentioned that they had done development for Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, but it ran into delays. On May of that same year, Yosuke Hayashi mentioned that he was reluctant to make a game due to poor sales from Xtreme 2, although he nonetheless strongly implied that he will make it if fans requested it.
Team Ninja had trademarked the title as of May 2, 2014. In addition, Team Ninja, repeating what Hayashi stated, indicated that they are interested in creating Xtreme 3, but want to make sure that the other fans are okay with it via a mail system. It was eventually indicated to be in development by Hayashi during Dead or Alive Festival 2015, where he stated that the game he was working on was “a game where Dead or Alive characters go to a southern beach on vacation”, strongly hinting at Xtreme 3, also stating that more information will be revealed at a later date. The official Facebook page for the franchise eventually confirmed that the game Xtreme 3 is indeed being worked on, although it currently only going to be released for the Japanese and Asian markets. However, Hayashi has stated that if demand is sufficent, some form of the game may be released in the west. A petition has been started to gather support.
On August 18, Yoshuke Hayashi unveiled that there will be two versions for the game which would be included on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with the version names being named Fortune and Venus, respectively, with more to be revealed on August 20. It is also implied that only the top nine female cast will be included as downloadable characters in Xtreme 3, although there's no plan on other downloadable contents, besides these top nine female characters. Some people were not happy with the cutting out of six of the female characters, with at least one forming a petition to put the cut characters into the game.
After the poll of the characters to appear in this game ended, in a same time it was announced for Spring 2016 release, there will be a first print costume for Marie Rose on Fortune/PS4 version and Honoka for Venus/PS Vita version. As well as a support of PlayStation Virtual Reality compatibility.
There's also new modes like in Girl Mode (where the player can take direct control of the same girl the player has selected) and Owner Mode (where the player become an owner of another island and can do various things with the girls such as dating one of them, marking the first game to have an actual dating simulation terminology).
Once the voting on which 9 characters from Dead or Alive 5 (and its updates, excluding Phase 4 (due to being Kasumi's clone), Naotora Ii and Mai Shiranui (due to both of them being guest characters and because, at the time of the voting, they have not been officially announced for the Dead or Alive 5 Last Round roster) and Virtua Fighter guests (Sarah Bryant and Pai Chan)) to be in the game is over, these are the characters who will appear in the game in following the characters's rank votes. Few years after the release of Dead or Alive: Xtreme Venus Vacation, at least two of the vote lost characters are eventually being added to that latter game:
- Marie Rose
- Helena Douglas
PC/Scarlet Exclusive Characters
- Tina Armstrong
Vote Lost/Unconfirmed Characters
Although it was previously denied that there will be any DLC for the characters and activities, an interview with Hayashi in the March 2016 issue of Dengeki PlayStation implied the possibility of the deconfirmed characters and other DLC activities eventually being included into the game. On a related note, a glitch sometimes occurs during a Volleyball match where Tina's Japanese Voice is heard saying "Nice Spike!" instead of the assigned partner's voice, implying that Tina may have been originally been considered one of the likely winners early on.
Although Hayashi had earlier denied the possibility of adding the deconfirmed characters to the PC version of Xtreme 3, Venus Vacation, due to "wanting to honor the poll results", Leifang was eventually confirmed to be appearing in Venus Vacation as an add-on character, hinting that the deconfirmed characters would ultimately be included into the game. Tina was eventually added in three years later as part of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the overall Dead or Alive franchise. On a similar note, Leifang was confirmed to be the second additional character to the roster of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet alongside Misaki.
There are at least three collector's edition planned, which contain the following:
DEAD OR ALIVE XTREME 3: FORTUNE (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
- A physical copy of DOAX3 for the PlayStation 4
- "Extreme Sexy Costume F-Set" with 9 different outfits
- 48 page special Gravure Photobook “Fortune”
- One Deck of Fortune Playing Cards with DOAX3 Themed Assets
- One Marie Rose Extreme 3D Mouse Pad
DEAD OR ALIVE XTREME 3: VENUS (COLLECTOR'S EDITION)
- A physical copy of DOAX3 for the PlayStation Vita
- "Extreme Sexy Costume V-Set" with 9 different outfits
- 48 page special Gravure Photobook “Venus”
- One Deck of Venus Playing Cards with DOAX3 Themed Assets
- One Honoka Extreme 3D Mouse Pad
DEAD OR ALIVE XTREME 3 (SAIKYO PACKAGE)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune Collector’s Edition (PS4)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus Collector’s Edition (PS Vita)
- 9 B2 Sized (500W x 707L millimeters) Extreme Bath Posters
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune [Collector's Edition] PS4JPN US$ 149.99pre
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Venus [Collector's Edition] PSVitaJPN US$ 139.99pre
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 [Saikyou Package] PSVita, PS4JPN US$ 399.99pre
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune PS4JPN US$ 73.99pre
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Venus
In the first week of its release, the Fortune version sold 44,723 copies while the Venus version sold 21,959 copies. In an April 2016 financial report, Koei Tecmo revealed that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 collectively shipped 190,000 copies within a month. LewdGamer noted that the sales are higher than Koei Tecmo's Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (170K) and Romance of the Three Kingdoms 13 (180K), two titles in the same report which were out for months longer.
Play-Asia, an import game retailer, reported that they had their highest pre-order record yet with the release of Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. The prior record holder was the Japanese release of J-Stars Victory VS, a game which was initially considered unlikely to be localised due to rights limitations involving multiple anime licenses. Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 eventually broke Play-Asia sales records as well.
Famitsu reviewed both versions of the game 32/40 (8/8/8/8). Operation Rainfall gave Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 a score of 3 stars out of 5, and although they praised the graphics and visual engine, they found Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to be more of a technical demo than a finished game. They also noted that the game has "lots of replay value."
- See: /Production credits
- See: /Quotes
- Before release date was delayed, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 both Fortune and Venus had a same released date with 2016 Otomate PlayStation Vita games Diabolik Lovers: Lunatic Parade, and the ongoing PlayStation console games Kamen Rider's latest Warriors-like game, Kamen Rider: Battride War Genesis.
- Intrestinglly, both Venus version and Lunatic Parade are PlayStation Vita games.
- Though both Xtreme 3 (in different last title name on each console) and Battride War Genesis are PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita games however, unlike Battride War Genesis, Xtreme 3 has no PlayStation 3 version announced. As the game's current release date is at March 24, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 shares a same release date as Battride War Genesis' Kamen Rider Ghost Boost Damashii Character Add-On Pack.
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 current release date is March 24. Which Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X and Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 released same day. However, Project DIVA X will be released PlayStation Vita only. Since PlayStation 4 version will be released in late August. However, unlike Project DIVA X, which has a western release, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 does not have western release for now.
- In order to promote both Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 and Project Diva X, Koei Tecmo teamed up with SEGA to release a downloadable promotional boxart featuring Hatsune Miku and Marie Rose as well as a free downloadable theme on the Japanese and Asian PlayStation Store on PS Vita and PS4 and a downloadable wallpaper.
- Two promotional artwork and boxart Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 both Fortune and Venus are reminiscent to 2013 Otomate PlayStation Portable Jewelic Nightmare limited boaxrt and promotional image.
- It should be noted both Marie and Honoka first-print costume are alluded to beautiful nightmare and sweet real version in this game.
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is similar to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS, Such as having two different console ports for both home and portable version, but with 2 different titles.
- This is the first game to have an actual dating simulation.
- Outside of Girls of DOA BlackJack, Fortune and Venus were the first games in the series not to feature Tina or Leifang.
- This is the first game in the Xtreme series that didn't feature Hitomi in the box art of any region.
- Because of the use of a character poll via the PSN, it is the first Xtreme game to not include all the female characters in the current roster (not counting Kasumi clones or guest characters).
- During the leadup to release, Famitsu's online news proceeded to do a "countdown" of a set of three images for each of the nine girls starting on March 15. The order of the girls being released is the same as the order the girls came in during the voting process from last place to first place.
- Similarly, since January 31, each Monday of the week had a character trailer for the nine girls, the only exceptions being Honoka's trailer, which had actually been released on March 17, a Thursday, and Kasumi's trailer, which had been released on March 22, a Tuesday (coincidentally on the same day as Kasumi's image set on Famitsu). The order was mostly the same as the voting order, with the exception being that Honoka and Kasumi switched places (Kasumi coming last), and Marie Rose came first.
- This is the first Xtreme game (including Dead or Alive Paradise) to not have Zack Island befall a major disaster in the ending of the vacation.
- Because of Xtreme Venus Vacation (Misaki's home game) not including nationalities for the various characters' bios, the game was the first to confirm Misaki, and indirectly Nanami and Nagisa's nationality as being Japanese, something that was only implied in the original game.
- This is the first entry in the series where the default girl on the select screen is not Kasumi but instead Marie Rose, probably due to the fact that she was the most popular girl in the poll to choose the final roster, even though Kasumi is still the first character from left to right on the screen. This was changed with the release of the Scarlet version, where Kasumi is the default character as in the rest of the series.
- Characters who lost Dead or Alive 5 Last Round votes for inclusions in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 like Leifang and Tina appears after the initial release. Leifang is currently the only character to appear in both update title Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Scarlet and its standalone PC gacha game, Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation; while Tina and possibly the remaining main game entries' fighters who lost votes will be included in the latter game.
Notes and references
|Playable||Kasumi • Momiji • Hitomi • Helena Douglas • Marie Rose • Honoka • Nyotengu • Kokoro • Ayane|
|Post-DOAX3 Exclusives||Misaki • Leifang|
|PC Exclusives||Luna • Tamaki • Fiona • Nagisa • Kanna • Monica • Sayuri • Patty • Tsukushi • Lobelia • Nanami • Elise • Koharu • Tina Armstrong • Amy|
|Games||Beach Volleyball • Blackjack • Butt Battle • Poker • Pool Hopping • Tug-of-War • Beach Flags • Rock Climbing • Roulette|
|Other terms||Gift Giving • Pictorial Scenes • Pole Dancing • Stats • Swimsuits • Virtual Pictorial • Zack Dollars • Girl Mode • Owner Mode|
|New Zack Island|
Casino • Hotel • Niki Beach • Pool and Poolside • Sports Shop • Tranquil Beach • Zack of All Trades
|Achievements • Costumes • Downloadable Content • Item Collection Datasheet • Merchandise • Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers • Transcripts (Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 and Scarlet/Venus Vacation)|