King of Fighters XIII gets crowned this October

Atlus bringing latest installment in SNK fighting franchise to North American PS3s and Xbox 360s this October.

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The King of Fighters series will soon hold court once again. Atlus today announced that the latest installment in the arcade fighting franchise will find its way to North American Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems this October.

Mai Shiranui is just one of the returning King of Fighters cast members.

The first installment in the series since King of Fighters XII rebuilt it from the ground up in 2009, King of Fighters XIII will expand the roster from 22 characters to more than 30. Among the additions will be fan-favorite Mai, as well as King, Vice, K', Yuri, Maxima, and Billy Kane.

In addition to faster fights and new "Neomax" super moves, Atlus is "completely revamping" the game's online mode, a significant point of criticism with the previous entry in the series. King of Fighters XIII will also feature new modes and stages not seen in the arcade release, though the publisher has not yet detailed those.

This will be the first time that Atlus handles publishing duties for the series. King of Fighters XII was published by Ignition, while previous installments were released by SNK Playmore itself.

Discussion

36 comments
megabig
megabig

This actually looks really good lol

nini200
nini200

As for extra characters, I want Omega Rugal (best KOF Boss ever), Silver, Gai Tendo, Syo Kisaragi, Tizoc/The Griffon, Gato, Freeman, Hotaru, Hokutomaru, Kim Dong Hwan and Jae Hoon, Shion, May Lee, Angel, Oswald, Duck King, Momoko and of course Li Xiang-Fei (*points to avatar* :D ) are included. Of course Silver, Shion, Omega Rugal will need balancing and damage scaling because they are bosses and sub bosses but those were some great characters and could be awesome inclusions in this one. I mean come on, Freeman vs the new Iori would be a Clawfest, Kim vs BOTH his sons still wouldn't be fair to his sons but it'd be good to see the Kim family in. Billy Kane looks awesome in his original outfit, seeing lilly kane in the background is nice as she'd be a great addition as well. Overall, this game looks amazingly epic and I will be getting it day one. It looks like what SNK wanted KOF12 to be and I Love the Hyper Drive systems. I can't wait to get my hands on this game!

nini200
nini200

I am a KOF Fanatic. I already know that since K' was included (which helps sales and fan service), he will be abused online guaranteed. Its already seen in alot of the youtube tournament videos by Mr. KOF, Kane217, Reynald, and more. Check most any KOF13 tournament or video such as AI Farewell, Shinjuku Carnival, Arcade Infinity, KOF 13 KCE, and others. If you watch almost any of the videos, K' is almost always in the teams as is Raiden. Raiden could be considered broken with that 100% dropkick combo but he has to put himself at a serious disadvantage for 16 seconds to charge that dropkick fully so he's kinda balanced. K' on the other hand needs his damage reduced or his move priority reduced because he is just too good and easy to use (which is why I stopped using him). K' is a really good character but as I stated, he is borderline cheap. All the infinites needs to be removed such as Mature's Infinite combo. I believe the netcode in this one will be great as for one, SNK already stated that they won't be using the one from KOF12 which was lackluster at best. I will be maining Mai and Kim as I always do. SHOOO KYAKU ATATATATAT AATCHAAAA!!! Andy has been amped up as well. I'm also digging Hwa Jai. Chin looks beastly as does Kensou. This will definitely be a great KOF as well as a finished KOF.

DCSchark
DCSchark

I LOVE the music in this game! :D

sherif2004
sherif2004

This game hasn't changed a bit since 1999 ,No thanks

Gothic_symphony
Gothic_symphony

I've been playing KOF since 98... Ah the good old days in the arcade with a bunch of friends..sniff sniff

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Atlus distributing = we'll need another publisher for Europe = May take ages. Hope I'm wrong.

v8kid87
v8kid87

I love KOF and hope Atlus does a good job! also I hope they make Ralph look better and not so big or fat!

Mercenary848
Mercenary848

I wish Rock Howard(geese too), and Yamazaki were in this.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@ahpuck just wait for Capcom VS SNK 3!

motang
motang

Ryo and Terry FTW!

controlfreak25
controlfreak25

@AtheistPreacher Thanks! I will give this game a try.

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

@controlfreak25 Personally I like KoF characters better in general than their Street Fighter counterparts, if they have their new move-sets like in Capcom vs. SNK 2 (which I highly recommend getting, since you get KoF AND SF characters... and more!). However, in KoF 12 they went back to original move-sets from the 90s... which I don't think hold up as well as SF's. I hope they change that for this version. Regardless though, if you've never played a KoF game, it's definitely worth a try.

ahpuck
ahpuck

I'll probably end up buying it, but I'm not going to lie, I was expecting a bit more. Still with the dull backgrounds and stiff animation? Come one SNK, join us in 2011 already.

controlfreak25
controlfreak25

I never got the chance to play a King of Fighters game. This one i will try though. Is KoF similar to SF or is it better then SF?

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

I am totally okay with a $60 price-point and the graphical look; I think it looks cool. My issue with KoF XII was with the changed core gameplay mechanics, which didn't work very well, and the fact that they put all the characters back to their super old-school versions. Give me the new move sets from Capcom vs. SNK 2, not the ancient ones from 20 years ago!

Caffiene_free
Caffiene_free

Oooo liking the look of the game! Only new fighter I been playin is BB, don't really like SF slow pacing. Kim ftw.. ATATATATATA :D

Henninger
Henninger

I gotta agree with earlier posts, this isnt a 60 buck game. But im not gonna lie, the trailer wuz very good. I liked the combos on it. Especially the 1 that Terry did.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

I think SNK vs. Capcom died unfortunately shortly after the XBOX fiasco. It wasn't very well thought out at all. SVC Chaos I think it was called. I am with OJdaLIONKing though... if they wanted to, they could do a SvC 2 HD-conversion. I might pay $10 for it. But every time they make these HD remakes, they seem to think $15 is reasonable for old games made new again. MvC 2 HD is alright... but I don't think it was worth $15 for a bare-bones remake. Even Arcana Heart 3 was asking an obscene price for an older-style fighter IMHO. I still paid it, but I rarely ever play it.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Glad to see Mai back, but I have to agree this isn't a 60 dollar purchase for me. For that amount of cash a game should have current gen graphics, and high res sprites aren't that. I'm with the call for another CvS game though, CvS2 was friggin' epic even though it had a couple of broken characters and it used some SNES sprites.

DemiNite
DemiNite

Cool I wonder if Rock is in the list that guy is awesome

CrowChylde
CrowChylde

We played it on an imported arcade cabinet at an anime convention a few months ago and spent a good chunk of change on it. I am a KOF fanatic & this is by far one of the best in the series. There needs to be a Next Gen. Capcon Vs SNK!

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

I'll ONLY buy it if it's below $40. Anything above that and they can keep it. KOF doesn't mean THAT much to me. Even IF Mai is back, it's not worth $60. I think I might've preferred another SNK collection over this, but I'm glad to see it's back. Uh, Santinegrete, what are you talking about? She's back in XIII.

killer690
killer690

I was honestly expecting something way cooler. This is..... well not cool.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

I'm a big fan of KOF, in fact I still have a few NG AES cartridges from the series, but didn't buy XII after playing it because I thought it was severely lacking. Hopefully they make this one worthy of a purchase.

TheDuskwalker
TheDuskwalker

Can't wait. I hope Atlus gives us a sexy limited edition. Also this isn't exactly Atlus' first time handling publishing duties for the series, they also published the GBA spin-off KOF EX2: Howling Blood.

DreamorDie
DreamorDie

It said on Amazon for a while now that it was coming in October but w/e, damn there's far too many games coming out in Fall, WHY DO THEY ALL HAVE TO COME OUT IN FALL!? GIVE US SOMETHING TO PLAY DURING THE SUMMER VACATION! >.

RocSeanD
RocSeanD

The complete overhaul looks fantastic. The movements looks so fluid, and stiffness seems to be gone from game completely. Yayyyy Atlus!!!

reyace
reyace

yesssss,this looks epic

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

Atlus publishing = guaranteed goodies like an artbook and soundtrack