The King of Fighters 14 Announced for PS4

Next edition of SNK Playmore’s cult fighting series will render in full 3D.

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King of Fighters XIV, the latest edition of the long-running cult fighting game, has been announced for PS4 at Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference.

A brief reveal trailer showed that SNK Playmore, the game’s Osaka based developer, has chosen to build the new game in 3D, a choice the studio has briefly attempted before.

"This brand new KOF numbered series title features high-quality 3D visuals, however staying true to the gameplay roots of the series," SNK Playmore said.

King of Fighters XIV will ship on PlayStation 4, but it is not yet clear if the game is an exclusive.

The game is scheduled to ship across Japan in January. No further details were announced.

Screenshots from the game can be seen below.

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Seven7Swords

I do want this. Thought I was getting a Maximum Impact 3 but this is even better if they are going to use the traditional 2-D engine with 3-D graphics.

Still waiting for Capcom Vs SNK 3. But if they're both going full 3-D...maybe....it'll....happen...SOON!?

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SkyHighGam3r

@seven7swords: Capcom Vs. SNK 3 is LONG overdue... That first one on dreamcast is the best 2D fighter EVER made.

It's so good, that just street fighter sucks to me now.

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SkyHighGam3r

WTF? Why just PS4?

All these fighting games coming out on a console with a piss-poor controller, the DualSUCK 4, and I'm sitting here like... where's my 6 button controller already?

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Seven7Swords

@skyhighgam3r: Bro...

buy a Hori fight stick, bro!

But man, you really rather have it on the Xbox One and use THAT controller for a 2.5-D fighting game? Killer Instinct felt really off until I got a fight stick for my Xbox One. Of course, if you already have fight stick on another console then I can see why this news might suck.

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SkyHighGam3r

@seven7swords:

First of all I would MUCH rather use an X1 controller for a 2D style fighting game. The Dpad alone is reason enough, but add in the fact it's actually comfortable to hold (DualSUCK 4 physically hurts my wrists to hold for long periods of time)

As far as Fight Sticks... I know they are the 'prefered' choice for fight fans, but I can't stand them. Not even a little bit. I hate hate hate them. I want to use my thumbs, not my fingers. lol

I've been playing console games since I can remember (Literally my first memory is playing SMB on NES in my daipers) so that's what my hands are used to.

But a six button controller would be the best of both worlds. PDP came close when it created that fight pad for X360/PS3... but it was missing the rest of the controller, and lazily put LB/RB (or L1/R1) on the face, instead of adding proper Z & C buttons.

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Alexander2cents

It sorta lost that anime feel.

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nini200

I haven't seen enough to make a call on it yet, but judging by the short teaser, the gameplay is the same as the 2D versions but the game is in 3D (Not maximum Impact/2006/Reg. A engine with combo's).

I'll need to see more before I can judge it. It doesn't visually look appealing yet though.

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OmegaGear

@nini200: They should have gone with a cell shaded look, like Guilty Gear Xrd

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nini200

@OmegaGear: That would have been a plus for sure but since they want to try the 3D feel again, hopefully they can get the visuals up to par in time for release and the gameplay is hopefully like 13 or Dream Match 98/2002.

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manilove2d

We knew the next KOF game was going to be rendered in 3D but what the hell is this?? Guilty Gear Xrd has set the standard for 2Dto3D graphics and SNK should have followed that model and added their own style.

Terrible decision by SNK Playmore....

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SkyHighGam3r

@manilove2d: Considering SNK hasn't made a 'good' move since the Dreamcast-era, are you really surprised?

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Jestersmiles

...................pass

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SkyHighGam3r

Well hell yeah, it's about time something cool happened at TGS.

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kevkevblazini

First off, the Maximum Impact games were fun button mashy diversions. Yeah they were broken and unbalanced and all the new characters looked stupid and doofy but dammit if I didn't have fun with those games.

Secondly, This game here is probably in pre-alpha or something like that, judging it off of this admittedly janky looking footage just seems unfair.....I'm just glad that this game is actually HAPPENING, cause it seemed almost likely that the next KOF game was either going to be a pachislot machine or some wierd MMO with KOF characters shoehorned in.

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horrnet35

This looks terrible! Other games have vastly improved in terms of graphics. Mortal Kombat x, guilty gear xrd, Killer Instinct but no, SNK chooses to retain last gen graphics. The selling point of KOF 12 and 13 was the 2D hand drawn graphics.

I am definitely skipping this game.

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Kuja-Hin

it doesnt look good yet. D:

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Eloguvna

I think you meant Maximum Impact 3, since that's what this game looks like. Ahh well, at least we're getting a new KOF game and here I was beginning to worry that SNK might've been dead.

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malachi

Well there goes the hi def hand drawn sprites :(

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tonyleo01

Oh my god! Why do the characters look like they are from bad Daz models??... please stop hurting my beloved series...

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marcio_br

WTF?? I didn't like the graphics....it's too realistic! Mai will probably look like a DoA character. I was hoping the next KoF would look like Guilty Gear Xrd! :(

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RSM-HQ

XIII looked fantastic with its sprites. I guess they base this on the fact both Guilty Gear and Street Fighter have embraced 3D character models :/

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marcio_br

@RSM-HQ: The problem is, Guilty Gear uses really nice cellshaded graphics and SF decided to have a cartoon-ish look to its charcaters. KOFXIV looks too realistic.... :(

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tandukbadak

Kyo and Iori looks like a member of Korean boyband. Yuck.

I thought KOF would be the only long running fighting game franchise that keep using 2D sprite. I can see why they move into 3D. As long they keep the classic KOF gameplay (unlike Maximum Impact) maybe there won't be any problem.

And I think it's still too early to show the gameplay, because it looks bad. Very bad. Now they already give a bad impression.

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nini200

@tandukbadak: Well Iori is actually a member of a band sooo...

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UNDERXgames

@nini200: lol

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tandukbadak

@nini200: Really? Well, now if I think that Iori looks like a member of a Visual Kei band, he looks good now. lol!

Kyo still sucks, though.

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nini200

@tandukbadak: Lol

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marcio_br

@tandukbadak: agreed...yuck!

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Bloodklot73

@tandukbadak: that's what gamer chicks like lol

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Tiger_Ali

Win for fans of fighters.

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Ripper_TV

Full 3D? I'd prefer super hi-def sprites... and the game looks like a PS3 one.

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Rokhandz

I know that this game will suck, and it will be a bad port of the Glorious Maximum impact 2 and Regulation A

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soled236A

You guys know that SNKP has recently being brought by a Chinese company right ? So I'm not surprised that this game looks like some cheap Chinese F2P game and plays as terrible as them.

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nini200

@soled236A: This is not true. Can you provide factual proof that they've been bought out by a chinese company? I keep hearing this and nobody that I've called out can name this mysterious chinese company that supposedly bought them out. I hope you don't mean Tencent btw because Xun Dao Zhi Wang was a partnership for that one game.

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Kiaininja

@nini200: It was Oriental Securities and Shunrong Sanqi. They payed 63.5 million USD to acquire 81.25% of SNK Playmore’s shares directly from former SNK CEO Eikichi Kawasaki and wife Natsuyo Kawasaki.

http://dreamcancel.com/2015/08/06/snk-playmore-acquired-by-chinese-company/

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nini200

@Kiaininja: Thank you for posting that. All I kept hearing were people saying it with no evidence. Now I have evidence. It sucks that it happened but it's evidence nevertheless.

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leeko_link

When will SNK realize that they just sucks at creating 3D fighting games.

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diaproject

meh..

SNK Games nearly always sucked in 3D, especially Metal Slug.

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DaVillain-

I don't mind buying King of Fighters 14 on PS4 but if I see PC version for it, shit I'm buying that version.

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PunchDude453

*Orders KOF 13*

**** this game.

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horrnet35

@punchdude453: Agreed!! This version looks monstrous!

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xXRoxtenXx

This looks bad in a bad way,they need to stop making 3D if they don't wanna commit to it even if it fails and it looks like they didn't learn from their first mistake.

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RIPxUMESH

guys u play any kof with other players using fightcade

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Moonco

The main KOF series is all about the 2D gameplay with hand drawn sprites. This 3D polygon title is nothing more than a spinoff, like Maximum Impact

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leeko_link

@Moonco: The bad news is that SNK is going to count this 3D KOF as a new entry tot he series, it won't be like Maximum Impact 2 where it pretends to be KOF 2006.

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