You know what the fighting game series Dead or Alive was missing? Pole dancing. Thankfully, Tomonubo Itagaki and his team have seen their gross oversight and will be plugging exotic performances into Dead or Alive Xtreme 3.

To be fair, this isn’t the first time pole dancing has strutted onto the Dead or Alive stage. Introduced as a mode in Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, Famitsu today revealed that the ancient art of dancing around a stainless steel bar will be making a triumphant return in the upcoming and controversial Xtreme 3.

To be fair, we probably should have seen this coming from a mile away. You can’t have a pole dancing mode in one game that has Xtreme in the title and then not include it in the sequel. If that happened, we’d have to start calling the game Dead or Alive Not Quite As Extreme 3.

If you have a desire to peruse all of the teaser images for the pole dancing mode that have been revealed so far, then you’ll want to click on over to the original Famitsu article. There’s an article accompanying the images but, let’s face it, you probably wouldn’t read it even if you did understand Japanese.

To accompany this announcement, Koei Tecmo today launched a new trailer for this latest (kinda) Dead or Alive game featuring a look at the character Momiji. Obviously, noting that follows is safe for work. As an example, one of Momiji’s bikinis boasts a images of hands, in case you were curious if the developers are even pretending that Xtreme 3 is about anything but fan service. While you’ll catch glimpses of Momiji doing all sorts of activities related to hanging out in a bathing suit, the pole dancing mode is not included in the following footage. Still, maybe don’t watch this one at work or around grandma, yeah?



So if you thought that fighting in the Dead or Alive series was played out, I suppose now you have something, um, different to look forward to. There aren’t a lot of games that feature pole dancing, so we suppose this will provide a pretty unique experience, if nothing else.

Keep in mind that we’re not shaming here. There’s a time and a place for everything, including fan service. If nothing else, at least they’re being 100 percent open and honest about what Xtreme 3 is all about. If this is what you’re looking for, then that’s exactly what you’ll get. Now the question remains: Will it launch in the US?

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