E3 06: Itagaki to unveil DOAX2 at E3

Tecmo producer hard at work on sequel, which he says will be more than just a bikini-volleyball game.

While Tecmo producer Tomonobu Itagaki just released Dead or Alive 4 a few months ago, he's already working hard on his next project for the Xbox 360. In an interview with Famitsu Xbox 360, he revealed that development on Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball 2 is being fast-tracked, and he expects to show off a trailer of the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Itagaki spent January and February working on DOA4's patch and preparing for development on DOAX2. It wasn't until this month, though, that he traveled to Microsoft's Seattle headquarters to make a presentation of the game. Still, he has confidence in its creation, commenting to Famitsu Xbox 360 that development is proceeding extremely quickly. His developers are already working on swimsuits, and they've also started recording the opening and ending cinematics. Like DOA4, the game will feature prerendered cinematics, as Itagaki prefers their visual quality.

Itagaki referred to DOAX2 as a "swimsuit game," and although he didn't elaborate, he confirmed that it will feature more than just volleyball. Itagaki plans to unveil some of the new, non-volleyball material in DOAX2 at E3.

Looking back at the first DOAX, Itagaki felt that it was a bit monotonous as a game. Although DOAX2's concept will continue to be a "vacation in the southern islands," he said there are plans to spice things up overall. He said that the game is currently being developed by double the number of staff as the original DOAX.

Itagaki confirmed that players will be able to challenge one another via Xbox Live in DOAX2, though he didn't seem to be completely fond of the idea. Itagaki admitted that shortly before the Famitsu interview, his team came to the conclusion that playing volleyball on the Xbox Live simply wouldn't be fun in comparison to DOA4's online fighting. Therefore, Itagaki hopes to add in some other online modes, which he had not disclosed as of press time.

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95 comments
generalneraka
generalneraka

Interesting, the last DOAX was a rather amusing game =P volleyball you say? What volleyball? I don't remember any volleyball? I do remember you could make the girls jump up and down on one of the mini-games! =O

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

the game is going to be reveiled soon... i'm just happy tecmo is releasing games for me to play on my 360

zymase
zymase

...or you could make a real game, Itagaki. Come on, boys, there are real girls outside. Go talk to them.

elmaleh112
elmaleh112

Yes! Great idea! More people jerking off to 3D images... Seriously buy a penthouse, a playboy, or get a girlfriend. It might be a good game, but playing the other one, no thank you.

RandyDandy
RandyDandy

dang that's really kool theres gonna be a second hopefully there's a lot more instore to this second DOAXB pretty sweet i never knew there was gonna be a second one.

KnightNZ
KnightNZ

This game will sell really well in Japan where that kind of vapid gameplay goes down a treat for some bizarre reason. As that's their main market I'd imagine that's why they're bothering with it. NG2 would be sweet on the 360 though.

xiahoudun9
xiahoudun9

exciting. i'm cool with that. double the staff? hope double the graphics and the gameplay too =D

Drachman
Drachman

two words..... sex sells

Cerza
Cerza

id much rather have another ninja gaiden than more softcore cg....

MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

Ok great, now they need to tell us when ninja gaiden 2 is coming out because it seems to have slipped off of everyones memory.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

More than just a bikini-volleyball game, huh? I didn't know the 1st one was. I thought was a soft-porn game.

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

Well since the last one got an M rating that it didn't deserve (the "nudity" didn't show anything) maybe they can consider going the full 9 yards with this one. May as well, Paranoid politicos will ensure that it gets an M rating for doing nothing horribly wrong anyway. Come on there was more indecent material in Titanic!

mickel_darmawan
mickel_darmawan

GREAT, money $oft's lunch box + itagaki's DOAXBV2 = Money Ita's Sex Box!! (^^) !!

Deingerous
Deingerous

Boobs are nice, but i want Ninja Gaiden 2

Ghost_Warrior
Ghost_Warrior

At first I thought this was an April Fools Joke.

Flame_of_Nova
Flame_of_Nova

GAME OF THE YEAR!!! Well I bet it's going to be the best Xbox game this year.. Should be really fun!!! Kasumi x Kokoro team!

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xXxVladxXx
xXxVladxXx

This is defintally a system seller for me, just like the first DOAXBV got me to buy the first Xbox.

CrackpotGANJ
CrackpotGANJ

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Manonfire12
Manonfire12

Can't wait for this one. More girls!!

ChiefHunter1
ChiefHunter1

They shouldn't be wasting time on this - MAKE Ninga gaiden 2! The only people who will buy this game are ten olds who like virtual girls! They aren't real, they're cartoons. Whoever gets this game is immature!

usaokay
usaokay

Watch out Rumble Roses XX! Cause a much better game is coming to your block!

YEPEE00
YEPEE00

i hope this time bass fallows tina, erm nevermind i forgot that tecmo has no sense of humour again.

bal360
bal360

you guys have heard of that april 1st holiday?

ewmgreendawg
ewmgreendawg

why isnt there just a doa porno? seriously. just release a cg porno of the doa girls for like 20 dollars and save these guys 30 bucks and save yourselves months of development time. damn. oh and start working on ninja gaiden. NOW.

00Rambol00
00Rambol00

p.s. nytrospawn, maaaaan how could u say that about the boobies not lookin nice! u strange person :P

00Rambol00
00Rambol00

bouncy bouncy indeed... hope those bikini's just accidently undo themselve... :D

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

As long as milk doesn't squirt out of my TV screen everything will be fine. That just made me bust up laughing....

Kenzo287
Kenzo287

more porn for 12 year olds

nytrospawn
nytrospawn

Theyll use the X360's PPU to simulate realistic boobies....Which would mean they would all be disgusting and saggy.

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Frankly they should just work on Ninja Gaiden 2. I don't think a swinsuit game is going to do any good even in japan (where I'm at)... This swimsuit crap is truely sad and will likely appeal to only the perverts that sits on their computer and browse porn and play games while courting Mrs Palmer. I doubt this will even be worthy to be deemed a game. Truely sad. SMH @ those that bought DOA Xtreme volleyball and looking forward to this. Do you really call yourselves gamer? seriously... There's plenty of gimick titles in Japan that is miles better than these Tecmo fanservice crap.

keithczq
keithczq

YES!!!another doax game!i hope it has kokoro inside!

Metamorphos1s
Metamorphos1s

More Ninja Gaiden and less fake boobs... even though they look nice... :|

mezonesxbox
mezonesxbox

YESSS!! WE NEED THIS GAME and Itagaki if its " M " anyway go all the WAYYYYYY Push it to the metal!!!

mpalacio
mpalacio

As long as milk doesn't squirt out of my TV screen everything will be fine.

wokisan
wokisan

DOAX was the one xbox game my wife would actually play. I will have a hard time keeping her off the 360 once DOAX2 comes out. She says she likes it because "the game doesn't take itself too seriously" and that she likes to try to collect all the suits. I like it because it is just so different from anything out there...and it is if from Team Ninja of course. However personally I would rather have NG2 or even the Ninja Gaiden-like game that is rumored to feature Kasumi before DOAX2.

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

The first one was more fun to look at than to play. Here's hoping they make #2 a little more interesting to play.

davahsa
davahsa

I Still play DOAXBV with my Bro...they better have 4 player access this time... and just give us the darn nudity dang-it!

Mindphaser
Mindphaser

Forget Ninja Gaiden......... TOO HARD! DOAX is where its at! My girlfriend and I are both really looking forward to this game!