The King of Fighters XIV launches Aug. 23



Atlus and SNK Playmore have announced that The King of Fighters XIV will be fighting its way to the PS4 on August 23, 2016.  This is good news indeed, but I don’t know if I can wait until August.

When it does finally hit store shelves and digital stores, those of you who pre-ordered the game will receive the special Day One Edition which will include a rad collectible SteelBook that is emblazoned with the series’ fiery mainstay, Kyo Kusanagi.  In addition, Atlus is also giving away the Classic Kyo DLC costume free for an entire week following launch as a download on PSN.

And just in case you were wondering, here are the top-line refinements for The King of Fighters XIV:
  • 3D Evolution: All 50 fighters, move-sets and more are rendered in full 3D graphics that preserves the essence of KOF’s visual style but updates it with a whole new dimension.
  • The Best Refinement since KOF ’98: Through extensive play-testing and balancing, the controls have been streamlined, and the Combo and Max Mode mechanics have been overhauled to create the most competitive fighter in SNK’s history.
  • The KOF Saga Continues: There’s a robust single-player story line where several years have passed since the previous KOF tournament. Now a worldwide business, the global KOF will decide who is the strongest as both individuals and companies with their own ambitions have come to compete. Players compete against CPU-controlled opponents to unlock the story line.
  • The Best Roster Yet: There are 50 fighters total, with 31 returning from previous entries in the KOF series, and 19 brand new characters. All 50 characters will be available at the game’s launch.
  • Revamped Online Experience:THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV has devoted a lot of development time to improving the game’s net-code for vastly improved online gameplay. KOF XIV uses the PS4’s online architecture to have a whole host of online conveniences, from spectating to saving replay/battle data, and having a single online KOF XIV profile to connect with friends.

This is good news and will surely be needed as we roll into the dry spot right before the holiday season.  I am also very confident that this game will ship with an arcade mode right out of the box so those of us who don’t want to only play online can do so…at least I hope.  I’m looking directly at you, CAPCOM.  In the meantime, check out the video below for what is obviously still very early in development footage of the game in action.