It’s one thing to have a few characters leaked throughout the development of a game, but it’s normally pretty uncharacteristic to have an entire roster for a fighting game leaked almost at the same time the game is announced. This might be the case for SNK Playmore’s The King of Fighters XIV.
The supposed leak appears to have come from Chinese website Baibu Tieba. At first the leak was largely ignored, up until the recent reveal of Leona and Chang Koehan, specifically Chang in which he appears in a prison uniform, which the original leak had mentioned.
This detail has now put the leak under a new light, and people have begun to question how legitimate it is.
The full list of the leaked roster is as follows (via Shoryuken):
- China Team: 恶魇青年 (?), 糖葫芦 (Tung Fu Rue), 枕头少年 (?)
- Japan Team: 草蕹京 (Kyo Kusanagi), 二阶堂红丸 (Benimaru Nikaido), 大门五郎 (Goro Daimon)
- Fatal Fury Team: Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, 东丈 (Joe Higashi)
- Art of Fighting Team: 坂崎良 (Ryo Sakazaki), Robert Garcia, 坂崎百合 (Yuri Sakazaki)
- K’ Team: K’, Maxima, Kula Diamond
- Kim Team: 金家藩 (Kim Kaphwan), 他师父 (Kim’s Master), 他师母 (Kim’s Wife)
- Criminal Team: 犯人陈 (Prisoner Chang Koehan), 犯人蔡 (Prisoner Choi Bounge), 新人囚犯 (Newcomer Prisoner)
- Women Fighters Team: 不知火舞 (Mai Shiranui), King, Alice
- Ikari Team: Ralf Jones, Clark Still, Leona Heidern
- Psycho Soldier Team: Athena Asamiya, 椎拳崇 (Sie Kensou), 摸元斋 (Chin Gentsai)
- Yagami Team: 八神庵 (Iori Yagami), Mature, Vice
- Mexico Team: Ramon, Angel, Tizoc
- Palace Wan Team: 脸谱女 (Acting Mask Girl), 电属性少女歌手 (Teenage Girl Singer with Electric Element), 神秘兜帽男 (Mysterious Hooded Man)
- South Town Team: Geese Howard, Billy Kane, 营家新人 (?)
- South America Team: 巴西忍者 (Brazilian Ninja), 残障拳击手 (Handicap Boxer), 拉丁美女 (Pretty Latin Girl)
- Alternate World Team: 娜可露露 (Nakoruru), Love Heart, 龙娘 (Mui Mui)
- Mid-boss: 俄罗斯富豪 (Russian Billionaire)
- Final Boss: 人形态非人类物种 (Non-Human Species)
Some of the details appear to be quite vague, possibly indicating at a bunch of new characters. The coming months will be quite telling, as more and more characters will be revealed and we’ll see how accurate this list is.
The King of Fighters XIV is set to release in 2016 for Playstation 4.