SNK announced Samurai Shodown fighters Haohmaru, Nakoruru, and Darli Dagger will join KOF XV in the upcoming DLC. The three characters will join the title as part of Team Samurai. The new DLC will arrive on October 4, 2022. Additionally, SNK released an introduction trailer for the characters. [Thanks, ryokutya!]
Team Samurai consists of characters new and old to the franchise. Haohmaru, a ronin modeled after legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, first appeared in the original Samurai Shodown released in 1993. Nakoruru, a character with designs inspired by Ainu culture, also appeared in the original game as well as the previous King of Fighters XIV. The 2019 prequel Samurai Shodown introduced Darli Dagger, a shipwright who wields a giant saw.
Team SAMURAI joins KOF XV on October 4th!
HAOHMARU, NAKORURU, and DARLI DAGGER from the hit fighter SAMURAI SHODOWN Heavy Slash their way into KOF XV!
— SNK GLOBAL (@SNKPofficial) September 27, 2022
Furthermore, the new trailer features some interactions between new and existing characters. Haohmaru, for example, references a previous encounter with Mai Shiranui, though she insists that they’ve never met. When Darli Dagger meets Jenet, the leader of the Lillien Knights pirate group, she asks if she could see her boat.
You can check out the interactions in the KOF XV Team Samurai DLC trailer below:
Samurai Shodown, also known as Samurai Spirits in Japan, was an arcade fighting game released in 1993. Characters from the series have appeared in other KOF titles, such as the aforementioned KOF XIV, as well as The King of Fighters: All Star and the crossover title Capcom vs. SNK 2.
The previous DLC team was Team Awakened Orochi, which added new versions of Chris, Shermie, and Yashiro. Before that, SNK also revealed Team Garou and Team South Town. Team Samurai is the fourth and final confirmed DLC team of 2022.
The Samurai Shodown DLC for KOF XV will be available starting October 4, 2022. The King of Fighters XV is available to play on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.