I’ve played my share of 2D fighting games in the past, but among all of the non-weapon-based fighting titles, only two stood out. Of course, like many gamers who have embraced fighting games, Street Fighter was their primary go-to. However, another fighting game franchise captured a large piece of the fighting game pie, and that was the King of Fighters series.
It’s been quite a while since the King of Fighters’ developer, SNK, put out a new game in their storied series. Therefore, fans of the franchise were blown away by SNK’s announcement that their newest entry, King of Fighters XV, was going to be released in 2021. Due to complications from the virus lockdowns in 2020, the game became delayed until 2022, which is right around the corner. But there’s also a new development…
A brand new character, Krohnen, was recently revealed at The Game Awards and SNK has released both a trailer and screenshots of The King of Fighters XV, providing an additional look at the fighter.
We get to take a longer glimpse at his moves, which certainly appear to be quite flashy.
You can check him out below, whole you wait for the upcoming open beta to start on Dec. 17 for consoles (we’re still waiting for a PC announcement). Krohnen will be playable within a roster of eight characters.
If you want to see more of The King of Fighters XV, you can check out the first trailer, the first gallery of screenshots, and the trailers that revealed Shun’ei, Meitenkun, Benimaru Nikaido, Iori Yagami, Yashiro Nanakase, Joe Higashi, Kyo Kusanagi, Chizuru Kagura, Andy Bogard, Yuri Sakazaki, Terry Bogard, King, Mai Shiranui, Shermie, Chris, the duo Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia, Leona Heidern, Ralf Jones and Clark Still, Blue Mary, Luong, Vanessa, Ramón, King of Dinosaurs, Athena Asamiya, Antonov, Ash Crimson, Kukri, Isla, K’, Heidern, Dolores, Whip, and Angel. You can also take a look at a glimpse of an anime short directed by anime legend Masami Obari.
Here’s how SNK describes the game officially:
SHATTER ALL EXPECTATIONS!
Transcend beyond your limits with KOF XV!
Since its debut in 1994, the KOF fighting game series has been driving the world to new heights of excitement with its appealing characters and unique game system. Six years have passed since the last title in the series, and now KOF XV surpasses all of its predecessors in terms of graphics, systems, and online experience!
A total of 39 playable fighters at launch!
Classic popular characters, heroes and villains revived from the dead, new challengers, and more! The most epic dream match in KOF history is about to begin!
KOF’s story reaches its climax!
The latest KOF Saga continues from the previous title in Story Mode. This time, the story is coming to an explosive climax!
The culmination of the series’ battle system
Inheriting the series’ traditional 3-on-3 team battle, KOF XV also features the exciting new “SHATTER STRIKE” mechanic. Enjoy an unprecedented sense of speed and hype fighting game action!
Easy and versatile online play
KOF XV features rollback netcode. There are also a variety of battle options that allow you to choose how you want to play!
KOF XV is fully packed with content to enjoy
Includes a Gallery with movies and voice samples, and a new DJ STATION with over 300 popular songs from the KOF series and more.
The game will release for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on Feb. 17, 2022. Therefore, all you PC gamers might want to update or purchase new gaming PCs and gaming laptops.
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