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As predictable as the sunrise, Dead or Alive 5 nude mods appear

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Back in February, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Game Director Yohei Shimbori laid down the law. "We have to deal with mod issues from an IP holder perspective," he warned prospective modders. "We would like to ask PC users to play our game in a good moral and manner. Otherwise, we won't be able to release a title for PC again." The modding community, naturally, reacted exactly as you would expect: with respectful deference to his wishes.

Just kidding! It actually took about a day, according to Kotaku, for the first DOA5 nude mods to turn up, like this selection from Lustful Illumination (which, in case it actually needs to be clarified, is very not safe for work): topless, bottomless, and fully nude, which includes what must be one mightily uncomfortable piece of string. The site currently only offers nude mods for three DOA5 characters—Marie Rose, Ayane, and Momiji—but I'd be surprised if more aren't on the way.

At the time he put his foot down, it seemed that Shimbori was addressing nude mods specifically, but in a follow-up statement to Eurogamer in March, he and Producer Yosuke Hayashi said, not very helpfully, that it was about "our obligation to protect our characters, as developers, especially because mods created might take on a life of their own out in places we aren't aware of." But they never got around to mentioning what would be tolerated, and some Steam users are claiming that Tecmo is cracking down on more conventional mods providing post-processing effects and new or improved textures. Others, however, say that all the banned mods were actually nude mods; either way, right now nobody seems entirely sure what is and isn't allowed, and that confusion is irking the modding community. One user claims he created a mod to remove Ayane's makeup to make her appear more like she did in DOA2, but he's afraid to post it because he doesn't want to get the boot from Steam.

The bottom line? The DOA5 modding scene might be a ball of confusion, but this much I know for sure: Telling modders not to mess with your game ensures that that's exactly what they'll do. (Though they surely would've done it either way.)

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.