King of Fighters XII crowned on PS3, 360 in July

Long-awaited refresh for SNK's flagship 2D fighting franchise gets a date with home consoles.

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It's been four years since SNK Playmore debuted a new entry in its King of Fighters franchise, primarily because the developer went back to the drawing board and rebuilt the newest installment in the franchise from the ground up. Now the fruit of that labor, King of Fighters XII, is ready for a taste test.

Shoryuken?
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Publisher Ignition Entertainment announced today that The King of Fighters XII will see a worldwide release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this July. 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 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 3-on-3 fighting action and boasts a roster of 20 characters. Fans of the series looking for a refresher course may be interested in the just-released The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match for the PlayStation 2, which also includes footage of King of Fighters XII.

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