A New 3D King of Fighters Game Is In Development

By Sato . August 5, 2014 . 12:42am


SNK Playmore recently updated their website with a staff recruitment page for a new King of Fighters game, which looks like it will be a 3D fighter for the series’ next installment.


According to the page they’re currently looking for a game programmer with experience in console games, various development tools and middleware, a technical designer who can handle high-end graphics, and a CG designer who’ll work on 3D and high-end character models to go with character animations and more.


Siliconera got in touch with SNK Playmore to ask whether it’ll be a 3D game, to which they responded, “Indeed, a new installment in 3D in the KOF series is currently in preparation.”


The new King of Fighters game and its platform will be announced in the near future.

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  • Cool! I really liked Maximum Impact 2006 on the PS2. Underrated game. It had good physics for King of Fighters – so much better than the Street Fighter EX series’ attempt to translate 2D action to 3D, and just a bit below Street Fighter IV there.

    Man, makes me wanna bust out my PS2 disc right now :D

    Still, I wonder if they’re going to do this entirely in-house or contract someone like Dimps, Eighting or CyberConnect 2 to help out? I mean, how great/ironic would it be if Dimps helped King of Fighters XIV make a super-successful 3D transition after they helped Capcom do it with Street Fighter IV? :)

    • Based Ignacio Puppo

      I loved Maximum Impact 2/2006 as well. IMO, it was the best 2D-to-3D fighter adaptation, since it borrowed elements of both 3D and 2D fighters. You had your command moves and your projectiles, from 2D fighters, but you also had sidestepping and some attack strings, like a 3D fighter.

    • Death Metal

      When reading the article, even after reaching your comment, I thought exactly the same thing! Wouldn’t it be better/awesome if they got some third party like Dimps to do the dirty work this time? Or Eighting? At this point, it would probably make more sense than to hire individual professionals for this.

      Anyway, news of the year to me! I am so glad to see that SNK-P and the KOF series are still alive and breathing!

  • JustThisOne

    Oh my god. OH MY GOD.

    I knew it! They were hiring for 3D programmers way back when, so now it’s more confirmed! *__* But will be Maximum Impact style, or will they follow Guilty Gear’s footsteps here?

  • melvin2898

    Cool. I’ve seen this on iOS a lot. Maybe I’ll finally get to try it out.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I had the first King of the Fighters collection for PSP, it would be cool if they made a second KOF collection with the newer games on it too.

  • Shippoyasha

    Pretty cool, but it sounds like it’ll be years of waiting until we finally see the game. I guess it makes sense to do that I suppose, after a major decade long story arc finally ended. Kind of weird to see so many years go by until the next KOF though.

    • Death Metal

      True. The waiting will now be a bit harsh, specially for those of us waiting this for so long. The good news is that it will probably make it to the newer gen plataforms, which has the potential to be a gourgeous game.

  • RunningWild1984

    Garou MOTW 2 plz

  • Jadfish

    If they just make it HALF as good as KOF13 they shall have my money

  • urbanscholar

    *crosses fingers* Please Rock Howard be in this

    • Raoni Marques

      I’ve been waiting for Rock on the game since he first appeared. He’s probably my favorite SNK character of all time.

      Hope they finally bring him in this time.

  • Based Ignacio Puppo

    What I want:
    3D graphics on a 2D plane(MK 9, Street Fighter IV)
    Rock Howard, Garou Terry, K’, Kula.
    Everything else would be a bonus :)

  • Ora! Ora!

  • Tarkovsky

    Can’t blame them for shifting to 3D. 2D work while better looking IMO, unfortunately takes far too much time which in turn increases the cost of development.

  • Weeb

    Ehhhh. SNK’s 3D games usually have been pretty mediocre. But as long as it doesn’t turn out to be a mobile game, then I’ll be happy.

    Will miss the glorious 2D animations though.

    • Kelohmello

      Not like KOFXIII wasn’t rotoscoped 3D anyways.

      • Weeb

        Very true.

      • 愛憎

        It does look beautiful, though.

  • anthony apduhan

    Capcom vs SNK 3 please :(

    • Kelohmello

      Never happening. Capcom says they don’t want to work with SNK anymore.

      • Matty

        And SNK said they don’t want to get screwed over royally by Capcom again.

        • This guy…. I like you

          • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

            Quotes for both of those claims or its open to the possibility.

          • raymk


        • Göran Isacson

          Yeah I’m with Patrick here- what are the sources of these quotes? What happened between SNK and Capcom? I haven’t heard there was bad blood between them until this comment.

  • ギャビン


  • Monterossa

    Oh god… KoF should be 2D.

    • Velen (Not WoW)

      Don’t knock until we see some screens or footage, eh?

      • Monterossa

        yeah I hope it’s 2.5D like SF4, not full 3D like Tekken.

        • Velen (Not WoW)

          King of Fighters has traditionally been 2D, what makes you think they would go full 3D with it?

    • XaviIniesta

      Works pretty well for SF4 and Guilty Gear Xrd.

  • LustEnvy


  • MK

    I hope it really is a video game not 3D animation for their pachinko games.

  • D. Collins

    Andy Bogard the Hypest!

  • Rafael Martines

    “Preparation” Expect that for 2016 or 2017…

  • aizen310

    But I wanted Samurai Shodown :(

    • Unlimax

      YES D:
      Oh my .. do you remember Samurai Shodown : Warriors Rage on the PS1 , SO MUCH time has been spent into this amazing fighting gem .. it was so good and been waiting for sequel for it but it didn’t happen ;(

      • aizen310

        Well, I liked the 2D titles better, to be honest. SNK should just develop a game that handles it’s environs similarly like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter 4.

  • Chris Cruz

    That was unexpected o_o

  • KazukiNanbu

    Maximum Impact 3 pls!!

    • Victor Wesker

      KOF MI 3, new MK X, Tekken 7 and now if only Bloody Roar 5 could be developed.

      • KazukiNanbu

        that would be great but is not gonna happen….because Konami don’t want a new bloody roar

        • StaticDestroyer

          I once asked Konami if there was any chance of bloody roar coming back given the rumors from last year and I got a reply stating that they cannot comment on the status of any currently active IP. Given that Br is nearly a decade old I’d assume that would be classed as inactive if they had absolutely no plans of bringing it back. I’d go out on a limb and say they’re either testing the waters to see how old staples like Guity Gear and Killer Instinct and the the newer IP’s ( French Bread’s new fighter, Persona Ultimax, etc) fare against powerhouses like Tekken, MK and street fighter in the sales department. If there’s no money to be made or if the fighting game renaissance comes to a preature end it could be a very dangerous gamble on an old IP. Ideally sony should buy the rights so they have an exclusive “nostagia fighter” like KI to keep the PS4/3 relevant to the fighting crowd.

          BR aside, I’m super excited at the possible return of Maximum Impact or something similar. The relatively low barrier of entry in those games made them great for casual play with friends

  • I’d love to see a Genocide Cutter in all its 3D glory.

  • -Misaki-

    What’s with all these announcements? Is there an event or something?

    • leingod

      As far as I know, it’s Gamescom.

  • MrJechgo

    As long as we don’t get Maximum Impact, I’ll be fine… stick with 2d fighting with 3D graphics like Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct and Street Fighter did and it should be okay.

  • PowerSerg

    It’s a shame they are going 3d, I much prefer the sprites in the games.

  • Huh. 2006 was actually quite fun (also had Fio playable!). I’m okay with this.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    OMG. If we get another Maximum Impact, i am going cry.T_T

  • Hagaren

    But those awesome sprites though….

  • Yan Zhao

    Meh, hope the 3D is just for tracing 2D sprites on top of it like they did with 13. Its not like they’d have to start from scratch either since all the sprites in 13 can be reused, they just gona make sprites for new characters.

    • Death Metal

      Please no. We have enough rehashes in the market. I hope it is an entirely new game, built from scratch.

      • AkuLord3

        You think SNK has money for that? besides that’s not a bad thing…not like they haven’t done that before (or really most fighters back then). If they reuse sprites to work on many other characters especially if this game will be a dream match…i don’t see many people complaining as long as we get favorites.

        • Death Metal

          I have no idea how SNK is doing financially; that is not my concern. As a fan of the series, I would like to see progress and advancents, naturally. The fact that they have used the same assets for more than a decade in the past and got away with it is no excuse to keep doing it perpetually. I would really like to see the series change face again, and hopefully evolve into something even better than the last installment.

  • Kaibun

    3D KOF just ain’t the same thing. I can’t say I’m too excited, unless they end up going 2.5D. Stilll, the whole cel-shaded look like in Xrd would’ve looked a lot better.


  • Ni ~Algidus~

    SNKP is looking for 3D character modelers since last year.

    it’s not because they are looking for 3D modelers that means that they will make a new maximum Impact (which i would be really happy if that happens btw).

    Also they already used 3d models to make the KOFXII and XIII characters


    hand Drawn 2D sprites are not worth anymore

    • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

      This is a shame as even the connoisseurs of 2D fighters ASW/Capcom/SNK are realising this and having to change their approaches to how they make fighters. Shame as I believe 2D can look timeless whilst 3D can have a harder time withstanding ageing gracefully. The new GG XRD might change that but its currently the exception rather than the rule.

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        I know, right. Some sprites like the ones in 3rd Strike still looks really good because of the the amount of detail that they put into the movements of the characters

  • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

    I hope they go back to KOF’s roots instead of ridiculously long combos.

    • Jadfish

      so… A cheaper Street Fighter II?
      I kid I kid, but what are KOF’s actual roots?

      • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

        Well it’s not juggling for 30 seconds. I’m bad at describing the rest.

      • Chardo

        Kof98 and Kof2002 are the roots, they dont play anything like SF2.

        there is a reason those 2 got “Unlimited match arcade remakes”

        there is a reason those games are more played than Kof13 in south america, China, Korea and Japan.

        hell, even Xuan Dou Zhi Wang aka “King of combat” (A chinese PC game) plays more like Classic Kof than Kof13 does.

        • KyoyaHibari

          1) They got unlimited match “remakes” (or remasters or w/e) because they are dream match games that stand alone while this is part of an actual Saga and would seem odd to remaster on its own, and 2) 98 and 2002 are still some of the best entries in the franchise and again, that is due in part to their rosters in being Dream Match games. KoF XIII is still great in its own right because it came in the wake of the dreadful XII and was a massive improvement, and it feels like a very dedicated effort from SNK in itself as one of the numbered titles as opposed to being annual, so the work paid off. Lots of people love KoF XI and XIII as well :).

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        characters had way less HP, so a 20 hits combo can take a good amount of your health if not kill you. It didn’t had the boreness of watching someone getting combo’ed the whole fucking match while leaving a sensation that the combo will never end (save some special cases like Vanessa and angel in 2002).

        I really fucking loved XIII but it is nowhere near as good as 2002 or 98

    • KyoyaHibari

      I don’t know if I agree there, Bala’s Mr.Karate showcase at Evo 2012 blew me away and I hope we can continue to see great combo potential like that. I agree with Jadfish, I don’t want this turning into Street Fighter, I want those delicious combos. What I like about KoF XIII is that it still has limitations in its combos and can’t be prolonged with otgs and countering a (slightly) poorly timed ukemi like BlazBlue does which is just ridiculous, and BB doesn’t have enough defence mechanics to compensate for that I find. KoF XIII strikes a really nice balance with its cancel system, nuanced movement types, few (if any) otgs and safer defence.

      • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

        You really think hit confirm into 100% combos are good?

        • KyoyaHibari

          If they cost 100% cancel meter and/or multiple super gauges, (which you will most likely be burning more gauge for utility as it would be risky to try and build up all that meter and save it for one big combo) and all of the good timing with enough air from a launcher or w/e to achieve it, then sure. You get what you put in; it’s good payoff and well warranted if you are able to do it, but good luck.

          Bala got around 60% with no super meter with the max cancel, but he had to prolong the combo a little bit after it ended even to finish him off. It takes time to build meter and sometimes you will want to use your options more quickly to secure victory, that’s where the metagame comes in.


          Here’s a vid of ~100% combos: notice only Saiki and Ralph had 2 super meters left of all those characters, and it takes at least 3 to do those combos.


          It takes work to do those combos, and in 3v3 it wouldn’t be wise to do them all the time necessarily, it’s about balance.

          • 無尽合体ブランタコブスキ

            I disagree. If you get slapped and then juggled for that much health without anything you can do then there’s something wrong no matter how much meter you have to burn to achieve it in KOF.

          • KyoyaHibari

            Different strokes there I guess.

          • AkuLord3

            Though its a 3 on 3 game so even if someone does it during the 2nd match, they won’t have that advantage later (especially if your saving meter and HD bar)…and not everyone can do high tier combos (heck even pro players can drop them) so you’re worry about nothin. This isn’t Marvel where 100% combos happen AS soon as the match starts.

          • KyoyaHibari


  • Shane Guidaboni

    3D? Nooooo SNK, Noooo.

  • Professor_Icepick

    Ugh, this is heart-breaking because they got 13 so very, very right. And now they’re going to try to make another Maximum Impact instead of growing their success from 13 with a Dream Match 14.

    • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

      Are you sure that will be the case? I know they made 3 renditions with the Maximum Impact series but the reason that might have put off long-term fans is because they changed the combo systems too much perhaps? The current system that allows you to chain overheads, do drive cancels, cancel specials, supers and max supers works well and reiterating on those features normally works out well for future installments of the franchise.

      Fingers crossed they can bring it together for the next KOF. And what’s to say they still won’t produce 2D entries in the franchise? Personally I would like to see KOF XIII in some form brought to the PS VITA (its not that large of a download from the info given on PSN) but at this stage its highly doubtful. I’d even take the ability to play it remotely whilst having a posh coffee at the local Costa/NERO or something : P

      Have faith Professor; SNK can make good games and are at least trying to transition to 3D effectively. They might even take the best influences of recent Capcom/Arc System Works releases and create something fantastic. The Maximum Impact games were at least somewhat playable tbh as well so there’s always that fact in their favour as well.

      • Professor_Icepick

        My lack of faith stems from the fact that Playmore seems to only be able to make one “significant” (i.e. non-mobile) “new” (non-rerelease) game every half decade or so. The time and resources wasted on Maximum Impact 3 or whatever they’re going to call it in our region (KoF 2016, maybe?) could’ve been used on a much better title. By the time Playmore gets another shot at making a new game, they could be bankrupt.

        And yes, I consider it a waste, because the quality of their 3D fighters have consistently declined since their first attempts on the Hyper NeoGeo 64. Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition was actually a pretty good game, but the first Maximum Impact was mediocre at best and Samurai Shodown Sen? Well, the less said about that, the better.

        • raymk

          KOFXII was also garbage but they improved on it with XIII. MIregulation A on the arcade was a pretty good fighter. SSS wasn’t even made by them, it was made by the people that did the techu ninja game series.

          3d also doesn’t mean they’ll make it like MI, but one thing I can say is that the 3d games were the best selling kof games. So that comment you made about them going bankrupt could come from them making a KOF14 before making a 3d one. You can say the games were bad but they still sold very well and 3d is easier for them to make as it takes less time than their current 2.5 style.

          • Professor_Icepick

            So the alternative to bankruptcy is Playmore embracing mediocrity? Yeah, that’s a comforting thought.

            I guess in that case, at least they’ll still be around to re-release some of their good games on other platforms. Still, what good would SNK Playmore be as nothing but a shambling zombie, with nothing but mediocre new games and the occasional re-release to remind us of when they didn’t suck?

          • raymk

            Mediocre to you, just because you don’t like the games don’t automatically make them bad games universally. Heaven forbid they make games people buy…I also love how people write a game off before its even shown lol. You people seriously and I mean seriously need to calm down. No one said this was a MI series of games, its just 3d.

          • Professor_Icepick

            As I’ve stated several times before, every time SNK has ventured into 3D development, it’s ended with a product that’s okay at best and, well, Samurai Shodown Sen at worst. Can you honestly blame anyone for showing even an iota of cynicism when SNK Playmore appears to be announcing that they’re going all in on 3D development, when that’s hurt the quality of their releases EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY’VE ATTEMPTED IT BEFORE?

          • Slayven19

            While that’s true I heard that SSS wasn’t made by them but point taken.

        • Death Metal

          Man… They haven’t even shown a single picture, a single character concept… How can you form that much an opinion about a game that they’ve just announced?

      • leingod

        I’m with you on this. The stakes are high, but if done right, a 3D KOF could bring the series back with a bang.

        Also, I’d freaking love 13 on the Vita. I bet it’d look gorgeous!

    • Brion Valkerion

      They never said they are going for that though, don’t jump to conclusions and get yourself down just yet. Just because they are using 3D models does not mean anything. Look at the new Guilty Gear, completely 3D but sticking to what they know. Not saying SNK will mimic GG but theres a lot of roads they can take.

      • Professor_Icepick

        As with my response to Patrick, I feel I must remind you that Playmore’s turnaround and dev time on major titles is significantly slow. Yes, I acknowledge there’s a chance this new 3D KoF COULD be good. But I think that chance is too small to take this kind of a risk, especially since Playmore is not as strong as SNK was in its heyday (and considering they were always fairly small, that’s saying something) and because their most recent attempts at 3D games have, well, stunk. Didn’t anyone on this site subject themselves to the shambling horror that is Samurai Shodown Sen?

    • leingod

      13 was pretty good, but IMO KOF could use the graphical evolution. I mean, sure, they’ve already tried 3D KOF, but they didn’t get the mechanics right that time. If they do now, the series will be all right. It’s now or never.

      • Mnstrzero00

        Evolution? 3d is a step back IMO.

        • leingod

          You are right about that. About it being your opinion, that is :P

    • Ladius

      There’s no reason to assume this will be a MI-like KoF in terms of gameplay or aesthetic though, we know next to nothing about this game so far.

  • I wouldn’t mind a KOF Maximum Impact 3, just as long we don’t get another shitty god damn pachinko slot game or mobile garbage.

    • 6810

      By “we” you mean you are living in Japan, actively play pachinko and have objectively evaluated the merits of said machines… right?

  • Sol badass

    I dont care who makes em just give us more fighting games for ps4

  • Perro

    I remember playing Maximum Impact, very much unlike KOF but at the same token very accessible to button mashers. Either way, I can take or leave it

  • leingod

    That’s great news! At least for me. Hope it’s not actually Maximum Impact, but rather the first “true” 3D KOF, though. That meaning: keep the 2D gameplay intact, just like games like UMVC3 and GGXrd did.

    • Tre W

      Well, the difference there is that MI was meant to be a “side thing”, much like SFEX was. It wasn’t meant to be a replacement.

      This, however, is looking to be the next definitive KOF game. Combine that with the other rumors that stated that SNKP was looking to be going back to 98’s style of play in 3D, and I see SNKP taking this with as much seriousness as Capcom did SF4.

      • leingod

        Yeah, that’s what I meant… and I certainly hope that’s the case! I’d like nothing more than a KOF game making it to the spotlight again.

  • ER_Mac3

    FINALLY! Can’t wait for more news :D

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    yes!! about time!Maximum Impact2 was great

  • It did well at Evo 2 years ago

  • Tincho D

    While i’d have greatly prefered a new 2D KOF, this is good news nonetheless. Looking forward to it.

    For the people already jumping at pessimist conclusions, please have some hope until we see a trailer, in-game footage or at least the designs of the characters, then if it looks bad please bash it to your heart’s content. Capcom made SF jump to 3D with the EX series but later made it right with SFIV (Besides Rival Schools being awesome), and the latest Guilty Gear is in 3D. It is possible to make visually appealing 3D graphics just like it’s possible to make a fighting game with 3D graphics and 2D mechanics.

    • Anime10121

      I love SFIV, but their jump to 3D was far from right….them character designs/models were atrocious imo :/

      • Tincho D

        I agree that Ryu looks pretty bad (he kinda looks like Hulk) and Ken too to some degree, but most characters resemble their original designs.

      • Tre W

        To be fair, though, that’s more of an “aesthetic” issue than anything else. I didn’t particularly care for SF4’s artstyle either, but the gameplay is certainly competent.

        • Anime10121

          Hence me saying I love SFIV but just dont like the artstyle ;)

  • Hmm, Maximum Impact 3? Looking forward to it :)

  • KyoyaHibari

    So the rumours WERE true! Hope this is a good one, but yay! SNK is making a new KoF! :D

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    3D? A little skeptical, but KOFXIII was always hype as hell to watch, so I’ll keep a lookout!

  • LockM

    I see alot of people assuming the 3D refers to 3D gameplay, while it is much more likley to have 2D gameplay with 3D models, like SF and hopefully more like GGxrd

    • Cazar

      The article does state “3D fighter” which is understandably misleading.

  • roockie112

    Best news I have receive today I love KOF but the ps3 KOF were pretty Crappy, the ps2 king of fighters were good especialy King of fighters 2006

    • DaiRaiOh

      What are you talking about. KOF13 is honestly one of the best in the franchise if not the best.

      • roockie112

        Is not a bad game but not a good game first thing is first a lot of characters were missing, and is not as easy to pull combos as the other king of fighters not to mention it was much slower, did you see Terry how big he looked ? To me it was an alright game but still lacks compare to many king of fighters games

        • DaiRaiOh

          It has a great cast, and didn’t go for overkill as it’s hard to balance a massive cast and balance is what matters most. As for combos, they’re easy to pull off if you actually know what you’re doing. As for speed, it was the same speed as usual. Actually a bit faster on account of the Hyper Drive system. One of the best tournament fighters of the generation, and sure as hell beats out most of SNK’s other work.

          • roockie112

            Well I do understand they cant add most of the characters from the older KOF and it does have some new awesome mechanics to the system but come on is not the best KOF and trust me I am a huge fan of the series KOF and TEKKEN are my main 2 fighting series after that comes ST and Virtua fighter ,Soul caliber ect lol

          • DaiRaiOh

            And they don’t have to. I’d much rather there be a smaller cast with very high quality sprite work and excellent balance where every single character is viable to the point that each and every one of them is a valid choice in tournament play. KOF 13 was a perfectly balanced game. Do you have any idea how hard it is for something like that to exist

          • Based Ignacio Puppo

            I’m with DaiRaiOh, King of Fighters 13 was an amazing game, and a pleasure to watch at Evo.
            It was a new engine, of course characters were missing, by KoF 2003 the roster was massive(On account of how old some sprites had gotten!). As for Terry…. it was a new style, you either loved it or hated it, in my case I loved it, Takuma standing like Doppo Orochi was awesome. Oh, and my gripe with Terry wasn’t his bulk… but the fact that he reverted to pre-Garou/MoTW, but I do understand they kinda went for his most iconic look.
            KoF 12 one the other hand was pretty lackluster, even the mechanics(Strong Punch/Kick counter thing) felt like last minute additions just for the sake of it. The fact that it came right after XI didn’t help it’s case.

  • z_merquise

    I’m really hoping to see a huge comeback from SNK. It’s actually nice to see them doing something again that’s not pachinko or mobile/social games.

    I really love the HD-2D sprites they made. I was really, really looking foward to see how it would look in Samurai Shodown and Metal Slug but I guess it will never happen ever.

    Just wish them the best of luck and hoping they won’t disappoint this time.

  • ivanchu77

    2D or 3D i don´t care, just make a great fighting game again just like you guys used too.

    • Faiyez

      What are you talking about? SNKP had already made the strongest of comebacks with the hugely successful KOF 13.

      • Ladius

        Seriously, whenever I play KoFXIII I’m still as awed as the first day I had a chance to play it. I love SNK, and seeing them develop something of this caliber after lots of fans considered them done made me incredibly happy.

  • Another 3D King of Fighters! It’s been a long time since the PS2 era. Just add the Metal Slug Characters back, like Marco and Fio, and I’d be alright with everything! Heck, add ALL CHARCTERS AND VILLAINS! Even Not-Hitler and the Mars People!

    • AL

      yea no those OTHER characters are for Battle Colloquium and and CVS games and have no connection with the KOF series (the MS characters have been in the series for awhile though)

      • The Metal Slug games are practically connected to the KOF/AoF/MoG/??????/etc series. So, I wouldn’t worry that most of them were used for the sillier crossovers before having something in the main games.

      • The Metal Slug games are practically connected to the KOF/AoF/MoG/??????/etc series. So, I wouldn’t worry that most of them were used for the sillier crossovers before having something in the main games.

  • Raoni Marques

    As long as it’s Xrd’s kind of 3d I’m ok with it. A 3d KOF like maximum impact worries me a bit…

  • César H. Sandoval

    At least we’ll get back alternate costumes for every character and a bigger roster of fighters.

    Too bad they will likely sell them as DLC.

  • Why? 13 was great, it was just a major improvement over 12. Not looking forward to this.

    • And prepare for awful Netcode from them too. BEN HERMAN, WHERE ARE YOU BRO?!?!?!?!?!?!

    • Death Metal

      If 13 was great, then awesome, play 13, bro! That does not mean a new game can’t come up, does it?

      • I wasn’t much of a big fan of the 3D KOFs so yeah. I guess you were, enjoy I guess.

        • Death Metal

          I was, I really enjoyed MI2 on the PS2 and its sequel (never played the original MI on the Xbox, though). I am really looking forward to this; it’s going to be a new KOF game in ages… Someone in his 30s who’s seen the series from birth like me has to be super excited! Plus, there are many roads they can take, so I guess it’s too early to worry.

    • Ladius

      There’s no reason to panic, after XII some fans were ready to drop the series and then XIII made it relevant once again. I’m not saying XIV will definitely be better than XIII, but since we know basically nothing about its gameplay, cast or art direction it’s far too soon to be negative.

      • Shane Guidaboni

        I have a feeling this won’t be labeled as KOF14 though. All numbered games in the series have been 2D games, haven’t they?

    • Jadfish

      If SNK looked at Guilty Gear Xrd and thought “Hey, we could probably do something kinda like that” I’ll let them try.

      That being said, if all else fails, please get excite for Doki Doki Majo Shinpan 3 <3

  • Heavenly_King

    If it looks like GGXrd, then count me in! :D

    • Ladius

      I doubt it will, but that would probably be the best compromise for this series.

  • mckun

    Not sure if I should be scared or excited.

  • Ladius

    KoFXIII was absolutely wonderful, so I’m sure they will try their best to live up to the fanbase’s expectations with this sequel. Managing new assets and creating new characters will surely be easier, I just hope they nail the mechanics and art direction and are able to employ a better netcode.

    • katamari damacy

      KOFXIII was great. They could honestly recycle all the sprites from that one and add more characters. Sure would beat starting from scratch again

      • raymk

        We went over why that still isn’t that possible. Those sprites the way KOFXIII does takes a very long time to do.

        • katamari damacy

          Hand Drawn sprites takes a long time to do. But if the sprites are already done from KOFXIII… why not just reuse them and only draw new sprites for new characters?
          The reason they gave for KOF12 having too few characters was time constraints, so they just recycled all the people from KOF12 into 13 and added new guys. That’s how KOF13 had so many more people.

  • Tijani Palmer

    I’m A okay about their decision about making a 3d fighting game as long as it’s not FREAKIN TEKKEN-like>:(. (sorry, I’m not a big fan of Tekken)

  • Remy

    The Maximum Impact games weren’t horrible, so I guess I’m okay with this…

    • katamari damacy

      They weren’t horrible, but they weren’t good KOF games either

  • Los Illuminados

    rejoice. to the faithful and the patience . SNKP gives Fans a new KOF fighting video game. :)

    also. ether way if it’s like Maximum Impact or GG Xrd a new KOF is coming and that’s better then nothing. personally i would like it to be like GG Xrd or like Chinese KOF Tencent Games’s (Xuan Dou Zhi Wang / King of Combat), but it matters not. what matters is that all consumers should pre-order, buy the game on day one, support SNK, and show SNKP that there is money to be made in video games(consoles, PCs). no matter what.

  • spyro20

    hope it’s for ps vita along with other systems. -_-

  • 愛憎

    I hope it’s not like Maximum Impact. Although I played the hell out of those, they weren’t very good. Also, Ryo’s design was terrible (see image). No more stretchy armed alien bosses, please.


    • Hines Green III

      Man I really liked the Max Impact games so much fanservice and the plot was….interesting. Plus that Ryo design in MI2/2006 was based off his original look form Art of Fighting. You no like Art of Fighting?

      • 愛憎

        I think character designs definitely improved in the Orochi saga, and as graphics became better in general. If I was given the option to play Art of Fighting, ’98, 2002, XI, or XIII, Art of Fighting would definitely be my last choice.

        • Hines Green III

          But Art of Fighting 3 was sexy :(

          • 愛憎

            I’ve honestly not played it, so I’ll have to give it a shot!

  • xxx128

    The most attractive feature with KOF is the 2D artwork. You take that away its not worth bothering anymore. SNK certainly keeps making a lot of questionable decisions.

    • Andrew Boyce

      It still has potential to be stylish. Who knows. I do understand what you’re saying though, but look at Guilty Gear. That’s all I’m saying.

    • AverageGamers

      Do check out Maximum Impact. Nothing feels different beside the 3D look.

  • HelloACiDDD

    well.. i just hope this is KOF Ash Saga Dream Match, that huge ass character list during Ash Saga is gonna look real good. Shion better be a normal character, HE is so hype! Also, release KOF98UM and KOF2002UM on PSN

  • Kamen Rider Rayz

    Hopefully it would be the long-awaiting sequel, KOFXIV! And hopefully it would be about Neo-NESTS where Krizalid taking over the throne itself. Also, adding all characters from Maximum Impact would be much awesome especially Alba Meira, Soiree Meira, Luise Meyrink and others! The return of the villainous Rugal as the true final boss would be a huge surprise!

    • AverageGamers

      Agree with Alba, Soiree and Luise. More characters, more diversity, more fun!

    • screw_ball

      Wasnt Krizalid killed?
      also no, we’ve seen Rugal to much. I’d rather his son get up to something instead it we are gunna go down that road again.

      • Kamen Rider Rayz

        Nope, he was revived by original Zero and fights alongside him as a Striker in KOF 2001 tournament. What
        happened to him following the battle is unknown. He has yet to make another canonical appearance since then. So this is the best time and ultimate opportunity for him to be back as the main antagonist and ruled Neo-NESTS once again and taking over the throne itself like a boss with his new subordinates. It would be more awesome if he would return in the robotic appearance, Mecha-Krizalid. If I were one of the designers in KOF department, I would have make him as the final boss and fight him 2 times in 2 different forms. First, the Mecha-Krizalid and the final one is Psychotic Mecha-Krizalid.

        But Adelheid Bernstein isn’t that much of a villain and he is not like his father. He even cooperated with one of his father’s victims, Heidern, to get to the bottom of the plans of Those From the Past and he also tries to help the forces of good suppress the evil plans of Those From The Past. So, he is not a villain actually.

        Rugal is just like Sigma from Megaman X to be honest, because he’s so tenacious as f***ed and always keeps coming back from the dead for like 3 times? I wouldn’t be surprise if he returns in KOFXIV and he is also the producer’s most favorite boss ever. If you played KOF 2002 Unlimited Match (oh, how I miss this game so much), once you defeated Omega Rugal, during the ending scene, it was stated that “Omega Rugal become extinct…?’, there was even a question mark there. Without the question mark and with the question mark are 2 entirely different stories. So as you can see that a lot of KOF fans believes that the return of Rugal is actually happening and the revival of Rugal in KOFXIV or in the future KOF series.

        Imagine the infamous Devil Crime Lord, Rugal Bernstein, back once again to the world of living as the true final boss with his new bad-ass appearance and longer hair (http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2011/354/6/4/omega_rugal_bernstein_by_jaredjlee-d4jqg8o.jpg), and face against Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, K’, Alba Meiraa, Soiree Meiraa, Luise Meyrink, Elisabeth Branctorche, Nameless, Rock Howard, Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard as well as Joe Higashi for one true final battle! If he ever returns in KOF XIV or in the future KOF series, I would have named him as ‘Devil Rugal’.

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    Kurai! Yagare! Moetaro?

  • Lifestreamer

    My favorite series of fighting games ever making it’s comeback….*manly tears.

    Now, I’m only hoping for a Garou: Mark of the wolves sequel.

  • Hines Green III

    Please make this game easier to combo in, I dun have them fast asian hands :(

    • JokerFace

      XIII wasn’t hard to combo in, are you seriously that slow?

      • Hines Green III

        Dude I couldn’t even do specials, I’m zetta slow in that game

        • JokerFace

          It took me literally 2 weeks to start getting the basic combo routes down and like 5 minutes after that i learned the HD mech in 10 minutes flat. If you’re that slow then just stick to SF cause most air dashers would make you puke.

          • Hines Green III

            Don’t care SF because the characters are boring and no dodge rolls. Also yeah I avoid air dashers like a plague, too fast for me.

  • AverageGamers

    Awesome news! They’ve done it right with KOF:Maximum Impacts years ago (for PS2), and I loved that game so much, so they only need to tweak it a bit. Bring on KOF 14!! Wohooo….

  • Hines Green III

    Quite alot of people is thinking it’s gonna be like Maximum Impact when it could just be like GG Xrd.

    I mean yeah I want Alba and Luise back so much I would fight over that, but I think they are keep it 2D

  • Yosh Twenty

    Despite it’s not even confirmed that the game will be fully 3d, i just can’t stand people who desire a new Maximum Impact gay game, i mean… have someone of you ever played a KOF game before?
    3d doesn’t stand a chance with a fighting game that is meant for 2d, it’s just bad
    XIII is wonderful because it was a REAL comeback to the series, and if they don’t take advantage of the popularity that XIII has got making a dream match, then SNK can go f*ck themselves

    • Carlos

      Hopefully they go back to ’97 style but with some new innovations as well. I liked the way that game felt and it’s art style. However I still liked XIII

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