One character is making the jump from the Dead or Alive series to Fatal Frame V: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden, and naturally the focus on the character design is what has made the former such a success.
In a translated interview through Famitsu (via NeoGAF), it’s revealed that Ayane from DOA is a playable character in the series. She’s unique from the other three main characters. While she can’t destroy monsters herself, she’s used to sneak around areas and shine a special light that knocks back opponents while she escapes.
There’s also something else that’s unique. Her transition from the DOA series is near perfect as they included sexy details in the interview. First was the discussion of creating “seethrough” wet clothes.
The interviewer brings up how the clothes go seethrough when they get wet. Shibata laughs, because it’s something he wanted to do. Kikuchi says their clothes were designed to make them look sexy when wet.
If that wasn’t enough, the developer admitted that they worked closely with Team Ninja to make Ayane as sexy as possible. That includes making sure that she has ample chest wobble to attract the perverts everywhere.
Since it’s DoA, they’ve naturally made sure to bring out her beauty and sexiness. They spent a lot of time adjusting things like the wobble of her chest. Team Ninja gave them lots of advice.
It’s interesting that a horror game is including a DOA character, but truth be told — it’s actually a perfect fit. A number of slasher films out there include sex, nudity, and the like. It’s a combination that’s been stirred together multiple times and continues to be done. There’s nothing wrong with including it in a video game as well.
Here’s an example of Ayane in Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (via FanPop). A spinoff of the DOA franchise in a beach volleyball game is complete fan service, and those elements have been added in the latest Fatal Frame.
Some gamers will be turned off by this focus or inclusion, but considering what market they are aiming toward, it’s a great fit. And those that love the DOA franchise now have an interest in the title where beforehand most wouldn’t have.
Of course, fans that are waiting for a North American release will be sad to learn that the Wii U exclusive Fatal Frame V, developed by Tecmo Koei and published by Nintendo, is only going to be released in Japan.