SNK Corporation has released a brand new trailer for King of Fighters XV, and the focus of it is the character Meitenkun.The footage shows the rather tired fighter unleash some powerful moves against his opponent while keeping his pillow close. The footage also gives a bit of a better look at the gameplay style of King of Fighters XV, compared to the previous trailer which gave quick looks at the characters K’, Kyo Kusanagi, Leona, Shun’ei, Mai Shiranui, and Benimaru.
King of Fighters XV was first announced back at EVO 2019, right at the end of the final day of the fighting tournament. The last outing, King of Fighters XIV, released nearly three years ago and was a quiet success for the developer. At the time we handed it a 7/10, saying that “as a new entry in the series that pushes it into uncharted territory, King of Fighters XIV is an admirable effort. Boasting a huge roster, accessible action and smooth gameplay, there’s a lot to like, but the mediocre transition to 3D and inconsistent netcode hold it back from greatness.”
However, SNK went on to improve the whole experience, including releasing an enhanced graphics pack that made some much needed improvements to the visuals, as well as regular additions in the shape of costume packs and DLC characters. It’ll be interesting to see what direction they go for with XV, especially in terms of graphics, as XIV’s divisive move to 3D created technical challenges for the team as well as alienating some of their fans. Hopefully, King of Fighters XV will be a much better initial experience and give a better first impression than that of its predecessor.
King of Fighters XV is expected to release this year, but platforms are yet to be confirmed. SNK has stated there will be more information next week.