King of Fighters XIII preorders get 4-disc soundtrack set

Atlus unveils bonus for October return of long-running SNK fighting franchise; tunes to be pulled from span of entire series.

The King of Fighters XIII is set to hit shelves this October, and Atlus is heralding its coming with a suitably regal preorder campaign. Today the publisher announced that those who preorder the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 version of the game from participating retailers will receive a four-CD soundtrack set, composed of tunes pulled from the series' 18-year history.

King of Fighters: A beat-'em-up that keeps the beat.

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 including 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.

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SynthfreaK
SynthfreaK

@XanderZane You are quite right Weapons Lord was also a great game...would like a download version as well. If you have a PS3 try out "Dark Awake: the king has no name" on PSN Japan. You have to create a Japanese PSN Account if you are in the states and navigate thru some crazy menus (because I can't read Japanese) but the game is quite fun. Think of it as King of Fighters or Marvel vs Capcom with wizzards and warriors. It is a old title only released in Japan but it will work no problem on a U.S. PS3. Also you will have to go to Play-Asia.com to buy a 1,000 Yen PSN Card Digital (which costs about $16) however that is the same cost as the game. Play Asia emails you the code which you redeem on your J PSN account then buy, download, install and enjoy.

XanderZane
XanderZane

@SynthfreaK said: @XanderZane Buddy there was already Darkstalkers 3 about thirteen years ago and it was a great game that I am still playing today. Regardless of you missing out on that game I would rather have Golden Axe the Duel 2 or Eternal Champions 3 then Killer Instict 2 anyday but my opinion is probably wrong. King of Fighters is not the game you want then don't buy it but I am glad SNK is getting the chance to right the wrongs of last game and a pre-order bonus is always welcome. We need more 2D fighters then just what Capcom has brainwashed us into playing...choices are a good thing right? ********************************************************* Oh man, I missed that game. Having been in the business, I can't believe I missed that one. Oh well. I still would love to see another Darkstalker's game. I agree, more 2D fighters are welcome. I love Guilty Gear and BlazBlu series. I didn't care for Eternal Champions that much. Controls were a little clunky for me. One of my favorites was WeaponLord. Would love a sequel of that game.

kuda001
kuda001

Past games in this series are better than the current iteration. IMO this game was best played in the arcades but unfortunately they are all but gone. Oh wait you can get an arcade stick ...nevermind.

leeko_link
leeko_link

"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." Actually this will be Atlus second time in publishing a KOF game since The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood for Game Boy Advance; however, it will be their first time in publishing a main KOF game rather than a side-story.

SynthfreaK
SynthfreaK

@XanderZane Buddy there was already Darkstalkers 3 about thirteen years ago and it was a great game that I am still playing today. Regardless of you missing out on that game I would rather have Golden Axe the Duel 2 or Eternal Champions 3 then Killer Instict 2 anyday but my opinion is probably wrong. King of Fighters is not the game you want then don't buy it but I am glad SNK is getting the chance to right the wrongs of last game and a pre-order bonus is always welcome. We need more 2D fighters then just what Capcom has brainwashed us into playing...choices are a good thing right?

otanikun
otanikun

Looks like an amazing game this time around and they've learned from their mistakes from KOF XII, hopefully the roster is larger and more arenas are available.

pakhair
pakhair

And I forgot to tell loved this game in childhood, have played every single KOF till maximum impact since 1994 version. My first one was 97, oh and I kicked some a** in arcades brings back the old memories :)

pakhair
pakhair

After maximum Impact, never bothered with series again. Played KOF XII at friends house and it was terrible. do not have high hope but I love fighting games wish they revive it too as Street Fighter. would love one more awesome fighting game

XanderZane
XanderZane

4 Disc soundtrack? Who the hell needs that? I haven't played KoF for about 7-8 yrs now. I still don't care for the animation, which looks stiff sometimes. I doubt I'll be pre-ordering this, but I may pick it up after the price drops some. I'd rather have a Darkstalkers 3 or Killer Instinct 3 at this point.

mrgames31
mrgames31

nice bonus i got all the games and will be getting this one

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I didn't know Atlus was publishing KoF. I might get it now.

nini200
nini200

No preorder bonus can compete with getting a free authentic Terry Bogard Fatal Fury Hat with Maximum Impact but this soundtrack is a good bonus nontheless. I will be preordering this game very soon.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Oh Atlus, you've made me the happiest gal alive.

RULER_SMG1
RULER_SMG1

gonna go pre-order mine today or tomorrow, cant wait for this game to come out!!!

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

This game will also cost fifty bucks at launch. It was to compensate for some of the faults of KOF 12. Don't believe me? Then go see for yourself. Check out gamestop's website.

Henninger
Henninger

I guess i'll preorder it then.

soulless4now
soulless4now

That's a pretty good soundtrack deal, but not enough to make me rush out and buy the game on release.

V-Mack
V-Mack

i haven't gotten my KOF on since 2003 but it was an amazing series. 99 was nice . then they tried the X lol it didnt work so good in the begining but they have improved on it little by little, and i especially like how they have something similar like MVC3's x-factor that they go into while in combos. Terry's finish was the best. I would like to see more new characters with flame powers some kyosunagi blood with more yagami clan memers in here. In the KOF comic book's they had The devil from Tekken but ive never seen him on any KOF games lol i would like to see some crossbreeding of those 2 games lol. maby another like Capcom vs SNK 2, maby they should bring back Capcom Vs SNK 4.

V-Mack
V-Mack

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joseph_mach
joseph_mach

Wow...that's not a bad bonus at all. I'd like to see that continue as a trend for pre-order bonuses.

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

Very nice. That is a pretty interesting pre-order deal. Especially for those who is going to buy the game anyway. I am really digging this. The music in KOF games was always cool. I will never forget the day the played KOF '95 for the first time; because I loved the music and played the game non stop. Looking good guys. This game is going to be great. I played KOF 13 a lot at the arcade, so I can't wait to play it at home.

anthonycg
anthonycg

Now you can have epic theme music while you are cleaning your room.

iRaInOnPaRaDeS
iRaInOnPaRaDeS

Now if the bonus included a full reimbursement for buying XII I would love this! But a bit too much to hope for, but I actually got high hopes for this one. I just wish Alba and Soire would be thrown in since it seems like we're never gonna get another Maximum Impact. I just hope it picks up so that Capcom could possibly consider making another Capcom Vs SNK.

servb0ts
servb0ts

Nisa America is the best at rewarding customers that buy collectors edition

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

Atlus is the best when it comes of special editions

MamoruNoHakkyou
MamoruNoHakkyou

Love this series and this is probably the best bonus yet!! Thank you Atlus!

TheDuskwalker
TheDuskwalker

That's one hell of a pre-order bonus! Atlus owns!

X-RS
X-RS

I can dig it!

Aero_Slasher
Aero_Slasher

I hope there's quite a few tracks from 2002 UM. Krizalid's theme is incredibly awesome. "Cutting Edge", check it out if you can.

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

im not a fan of soundtracks, but oh well.