After what seems like forever, SNK has finally released the first official look at The King of Fighters XV which was originally announced in August of 2019. You can watch the trailer here:
The main star of the trailer is headphone-wearing Shun’ei, who is the protagonist of the current story arc. The trailer showcases many other recognizable names to the King of Fighters series. These include series protagonist Kyo Kusanagi, stylish electric-based fighter Benimaru Nikaido, quiet military fighter Leona, genetic experiment K’, and fan favorite Mai Shiranui.
In addition to trailer, SNK also had a lot of other announcements as well. These included the first two characters of Samurai Shodown's season 3 pass (series veteran Cham Cham and Hibiki Takane from SNK's The Last Blade series) as well as The King of Fighters XIV: Ultimate Edition which includes all of the DLC from the original game. A port of The King of Fighters 2002: Ultimate Match which includes the improved rollback netcode was also announced for the PS4.
Featuring both original characters as well as characters from SNK's other series like Fatal Fury and The Art of Fighting, The King of Fighters is SNK's signature fighting game series. The King of Fighters XV is the second entry of the currently unnamed saga, which started with 2016’s The King of Fighters XIV. Even if you are not properly acquainted with the series, you may recognize some of the characters that have appeared in previous games. Examples include Fatal Fury's Geese Howard who appeared as DLC in Tekken 7 as well as Terry Bogard who appeared as a DLC character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Terry was surprisingly MIA in the trailer, though considering how he was a perfect attendance record for all of the tournaments then he'd be crazy to miss this one.
The King of Fighters XV is set to launch sometime in 2021. More info about the game will be announced next week.
Author’s Note: What did you think of the trailer? Which characters are you hoping make it in? Let us know in the comments below!