SNK has revealed a new look at the next entry in the King of Fighters series. Today we got a glimpse of three characters coming to King of Fighters 15, as well as a date for its next big gameplay reveal.
Creative director Eisuke Ogura and producer Yasuyuki Oda detailed the three members of the KOF15 roster shown today: Kyo, Benimaru, and Shun'ei. While we only got a look at the concept art for these three, more will be coming on Jan. 7, 2021 when SNK reveals a new gameplay trailer.
These three are pretty understandable picks. Kyo's been part of The King of Fighters since its inception and a staple of the lineup, as has Benimaru. Shun'ei is a returning fighter from King of Fighters 14, and will be the "bona fide protagonist" for King of Fighters 15.
In terms of gameplay, Ogura says the way that teams are composed will "differ greatly" from King of Fighters 14, and more will be revealed periodically next year. The King of Fighters loves its team battles, but it'll be interesting to see what changes have been made to its usual setup.
King of Fighters 15 was announced during last year's Evo 2019 tournament, though SNK has been quiet on the game up until now. The most recent entry in the series was in 2016 with King of Fighters 14, an entry that seemed to go over well.
Earlier this year, Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai delivered a massive tribute to the series to mark the occasion of Terry Bogard joining the Smash Bros. roster, with a stage that features many of King of Fighters' international fighters. Some King of Fighters games have also been among those benefitting from the addition of rollback netcode; the spinoff Garou: Mark of the Wolves got rollback earlier this year, and the new netcode has also been added to the Steam version of King of Fighters 2002 Ultimate Match.
Hopefully, one of the things SNK announces on Jan. 7 is rollback netcode for King of Fighters 15 as well. Not much more information is known at this time, but it won't be long until we get a glimpse at the next step for the King of Fighters tournament.