King of Fighters XII drops July 28

Ignition Entertainment's brand-new SNK brawler for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 gets an official launch date.

The next King of Fighters is ready for its coronation. Ignition Entertainment pinpointed the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 brawler's release date this week with a message on the game's official Twitter page.

That is one fierce case of athlete's foot.

Ignition is sneaking the game just inside its stated July launch window, as the publisher revealed that King of Fighters XII will arrive in stores July 28. For the 12th installment in the series, developers at SNK Playmore have redrawn the characters from scratch, first creating a 3D model of the character, posing it, and then using it as a guide for traditional, "hand-drawn" 2D pixel art. The process has resulted in the game's roster being pared down, as the cast of 20 characters in the 12th installment omits dozens of staples from the sprawling King of Fighters mythos.

The release of King of Fighters XII will mark the 15th anniversary of the fighting franchise, which first appeared on SNK's own arcade hardware, the NeoGeo. The game will retain the series' trademark three-on-three fighting action and boasts a roster of 20 characters.

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45 comments
Grimmson2
Grimmson2

*Update* The game was a huge disappointment to many fans. Get BlazBlue instead. :D

wargraymon
wargraymon

.....and to all, the combo system has been updated, it's much faster so this is basicly a whole new game entirely

wargraymon
wargraymon

i just wish athena didn't look so...cutesie, but mature and andy's back, woohooo!!

wargraymon
wargraymon

@newhighscore.....what you smoking??? @superm2475....go to fightersgeneration.com i've been playing KOF since the begining, damn this game looks hot. i love the shadowing effect the did and all the backgrowns are hand drawn too.GOD I CAN'T WAIT

jaxx47
jaxx47

as long as K is in it im happy lol, i really havnt played to many of the KOF series but from what I have played i have enjoyed it and about the roster, couldnt they just release some of these guys over time via DLC

pimperjones
pimperjones

The first true HD 2D fighter. (No, SFIV was 3D) Support it folks or they won't be making anymore. In the world satuared by 3D, SNK is the last of the old school.

lanmanna
lanmanna

@newhighscore You just say it "seems" like. Have you actually played them? Blazblu and Street Fighter 4 say hi.

newhighscore
newhighscore

doesnt look good at all to me. it seems like these next gen fighting games are rushed or are just missing some of the polish that the ones of yesteryear had. hopefully marvel vs capcom and tekken wont disappoint.

fekeybeah
fekeybeah

I grew playing KOF and will buy this if only to support SNK in these tough times.I'd hate to see SNK end up like Midway.

angelGP32
angelGP32

as a long time fan of the series, I own a 4 slot MVS and have had KOF 94-97 and still have 2003 in my MVS, it is very doubtful that I will pick this game up. It omits to many good characters and leaves in all the worst of the series. Sure there's still a few good characters, but the roster is absolutely terrible when it comes down to it. Every character I loved to play from 97 to 2003 is gone.

pakhair
pakhair

Hope it revives the series..........

Henninger
Henninger

@ THCGamer I've been waiting 4 this game 2 come out also. Im not made of money gotta go by wut i wanna play more. & KOF12 didnt make the cut. So i'll wait.

superm2475
superm2475

I will say that the "top layer" of art looks fantastic and that part looks better than Blazblue BUT Blazblue at least from what I can tell here looks to be better looking and better animated in motion with a higher FPS rate/ Now this is a video and of course have not played the game so I will reserve final judgement till then. Either way I love both series and cant wait for 7/28

TheTHCGamer
TheTHCGamer

@Henninger just dont buy the game i mean if your not really looking forward to the game the dont buy it. ive been looking forward to KOFXII probably more than any fighting game this year. yes people have been complaining about the roster but people always complain about a roster when a fighting games released. some people are even complaining about the graphics. i mean do you want every fighting game to have the same graphich style thats just boring. besides some people might think games like blazblue look better but KOFXII's animation is the most fluid 2D animation ive seen since SF3. yes i love blazblue it looks amazing but the animation in KOFXII makes blazblue look like mr game & watch. games going to be great despite what some of the reviews and people complaining about the roster say.

AtlanticRock
AtlanticRock

comes out the same day as All Fronts DLC for Gears 2... I'll be busy that week trying to master the Critical Coutners in KOF XII and learning all the maps from "Combustable" and "Snowblind" to "Dark Corners"... great month to be a gamer

nini200
nini200

@ SearchBomber LOL!!!! Iroha is cool and all but Mai would wipe the floor with her. Mai is the #1 Female Ninja!!!! Japan's Best. :P

Henninger
Henninger

Imma get this but i'll wait till it drops down in price.

SearchBomber
SearchBomber

Well, there is that rumor about K' and Mai showing up as two of the extra characters in the console version. But Mai's old news anyway; it's all about Iroha now. XP Anyways, despite the recent crappy XBLA ports of Garou and '98UM, I'm going to get this game ASAP and hope that the netcode is actually bearable.

shabulia
shabulia

If Mai isn't in it, I won't get it until it's less expensive. Sorry, but she's the best character (besides Kyo and Terry). I'll still probably get it... but I'm gonna be pissed if Mai doesn't find her way into the game someday, somehow.

sephirotphan
sephirotphan

the game has 26 characters, it was announced on the game's facebook page and myspace, so I say its going to be a must buy for me.

wilt1725grog
wilt1725grog

Whith only 20 characters, This is an awful let down. Especially when we are already acostume to NeoGeo large selection of characters. What were u thinking with this 20 characters thing? I rather play MVC2

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

Oh man! That's my mom's birthday. I know what I'm getting her... >_>. She'd kill me if I bought her The King of FIghters, but I really can't justify getting myself another fighter so soon after BlazBlue. I'm going to soak it in and from there I'll decide if I want The King of Fighters or not.

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

Ash Crimson has the same haircut as Toft from Avatar... o_O

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

20 characters only...No way! 3 vs 3? I'd rather pay for Marvel vs Capcom 2 for $15!

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

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Diernes
Diernes

I already have Streetfighter IV, HD remix and soon to aquire blue blaze, MVC2 and Tekken 6. Sorry SNK after your recent lackluster ports with terrible netcode I wont be buying your game with all these great fighters I already have this year as well as a couple of my favourites still too come. Also I guess I just have never got this series. It just seemes based on simple combo's and super moves. I have tried to get into it and hang out in the ggpo rooms to see the freaks in action but I just never have seen anything that impresses me.. oh well.

Gen007
Gen007

hmm hand drawn stuff looks great but is it really worth it if we have to lose so many characters mean blazblue is great but it def wouldnt hurt to have more characters. Idk hopefully devs find a way to stream line the process bceause they wont be able to get away with low roster counts for long.

MamaLukuBuku
MamaLukuBuku

This game is a blast in the arcades, can't wait for this on the consoles.

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

No Mai = no thanks for $59.99. I'll wait until it's cheaper.

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

i want this game! so much good games coming and i dont have money! T.T

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

It sure is pretty! I'll snag it when it's $30.

nini200
nini200

Also GS, you should really change your release date up there on the summary. You have July 20 for the Game release and July 28th in the Article for the game release.

nini200
nini200

I will be buying this guaranteed. This game will be awesome unfortunately my main character has been removed (Mai Shiranui) but I will still own with everybody else so I'm still game. I just want to know when is a new KOF coming to the Wii? I know the Wii has KOF: Orochi Saga but I want KOF 2002 Unlimited Match or KOF13 or something. Come on SNK bring the Wii some New KOF fever. Classic Controller Pro will be perfect for it.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

only thing better than KoF is MvC2 and now i can have both!!!!!

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I am so excited for this. I'm a diehard KoF fan. I'm owed some new, HD sprites!! :D

9mmSpliff
9mmSpliff

Street Fighter 4, MKvsDC, BlazBlue, CapvsMarv2 and now KoF12. What a great past 9 months for fighting games. And I own and will own them all :D

Spikedjester
Spikedjester

Hmmm. Same game mechanics and 20 characters, im not einstein but this sounds recycled. Let me know tho...

NuKkU
NuKkU

im really considering buying this

joesh89
joesh89

I wonder when the european release will happen.