After a short delay, SNK finally reveals its next King of Fighters fighting game: The King of Fighters XV.
The trailer features the following characters: Kyo Kusanagi, Shi’en, K’, Leona, Benimaru, and Mai Shiranui. Apart from the colourful art style and some close-up action, not much is revealed, at least until next week. Furthermore, SNK will be producing an animated short directed by one Masami Obari.
Here’s a quote from creative director Eisuke Ogura about the status of the game’s development:
“We’re focusing on keeping the series’ staple of being fast-paced, while also adding elements to make it more exciting. We’re able to do things now for both sound and visuals that were impossible back when developing XIV, so we’re taking our time making sure each element is refined. Right now, we’re focusing on brushing up features and optimizing the game. Though I expect some obstacles to get in our way, we’re planning to have it ready to ship this year.”
KOF XV will be out 2021. No console or platform has been announced yet, but we’re guessing it’s for PS4, PS5, and PC.
We also have the reveal of the next two characters in the upcoming Samurai Shodown Season Pass 3: Cham-Cham and The Last Blade 2′s Hibiki. Cham-Cham will retain her hit-and-run rushdown gameplay from the past games and will be out mid-March 2021.