ATLUS has announced that they will be publishing The King of Fighters XIV (KOFXIV) stateside. It’s important to note that this isn’t new ground for ATLUS as they published KOF XIII in 2011. Developer SNK Playmore initially revealed they were developing the new title in late 2015. Since this announcement, they’ve been releasing trailers periodically to introduce their roster of fighters for the 14th installment.
The King of Fighters series began in 1994 with the release of KOF ’94 for arcades and the Neo Geo console. The series was featured characters from SNK’s respective franchises fighting in a cross-over title. After KOF ’94 was well received, the series saw yearly releases until 2003. SNK Playmore introduced HD sprite work with the release of KOF XII in 2009. 2010 saw the release of The King of Fighters XIII, which was the last game to feature 2D sprite designs.
This new entry will feature 50 fighters, a new story arc, and a party battle mode that can support up to 6 players to fight online. KOFXIV is scheduled to release in 2016 — let’s hope the wait isn’t that much longer