Team Ninja's Dead or Alive franchise has never been one of subtlety. In fact, the developers have been more than willing to discuss what's involved in making their games more "realistic". That said, there is a line they're unwilling to cross and with the impending release of Last Round on PC, Team Ninja has politely asked the modding community to treat the game in a "good moral and manner".
In an interview with MCV UK's Matthew Jarvis, Last Round director Yohei Shimbori cautioned would-be modders of tinkering with the game in a less-than-wholesome fashion:
"We have to deal with mod issues from an IP holder perspective," he explains. "We would like to ask PC users to play our game in good moral and manner. Otherwise, we won't be able to release a title for PC again."
It doesn't take a genius to read between the lines; just take a look at the more adult-orientated content that's been produced for games such as Skyrim. Actually, make than any Bethesda game released in the last 10 years.
Jarvis goes on to question Dead or Alive's representation of women in general, for which producer Yosuke Hayashi offered the following explanation:
"Our characters, male and female alike, are created in a fantasy setting and are using extraordinary abilities to compete with each other in a clearly light-hearted, over-the-top universe," he states. "Their abilities are very balanced and we want to present all of them as dynamic, strong, sexy and confident."
When asked about the need for a current-gen re-release, Hayashi said that the developer had "a lot of requests" for an Xbox One / PS4 version and it didn't want to "simply port" the game. It took the opportunity to update the graphics and "exploit" the better hardware, as well as add more content so owners of the original have something new to experience.
As for the PC crowd, the game's Steam release was pushed back to 30 March from 17 February, so players and modders alike will have to wait a few months anyway.