Developer SNK has finally announced King of Fighters 15 with a new reveal trailer and a 2021 launch window. King of Fighters was originally revealed by SNK a few years ago during 2019, but the studio has been silent about the game ever since, leading fans of the franchise to think where the game was and what was happening with its development. The absence of updates about King of Fighters 15 was especially apparent when considering that the Arc System Works’ Guilty Gear Strive has launched frequent updates on its development ever since.
Apart from a scarcity of updates on one of its most awaited games, developer SNK has also gotten itself in controversies a few times in the past year or so such as launching a controversial advertisement for its SNK Allstar mobile game spin-off that it ultimately apologized for.
While the mobile game and the advertisement itself were both not directly managed or created by SNK, it was still representing the studio’s properties and branding. SNK’s majority ownership was also recently bought by an organization representing Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince.
While the decision might put the studio in a better situation financially, it has made fans worried because of the leader’s many human rights violations and the extrajudicial murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Now, SNK is trying to get back into some fans’ good graces with this new reveal trailer. The company released the video for King of Fighters 15 on its official YouTube channel, featuring the game’s graphics and several of its characters such as Mai Shiranui, K’, Leona, Shun’ei, Benimaru, and Kyo.
Sadly, there were no actual gameplay samples included in the reveal trailer. Producer Yasuyuki Oda and Creative Director Eisuke Ogura also provided several additional details after unveiling the game’s trailer. According to them, the development team is focusing on preserving the title’s fast-paced gameplay while also attempting to introduce new features to shake up the formula.
Ogura also announced that SNK is planning to make an animated promotional short film which will be directed by Masami Obari, who also worked on the original Fatal Fury anime films which were released back in the 1990s. Another trailer for the game is set to be released a few days from now and more details about King of Fighters 15 will be announced periodically.
It appears that fans are finally getting something of importance to look forward to after waiting for so long, and the game seems to be further along than many fans likely feared. Hopefully, the new trailer set for next will feature actual gameplay for King for Fighters 15 and provide both current and new fans something more meaningful to be hyped about.