Atlus to Publish The King of Fighters XIV

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Atlus has confirmed they’re publishing SNK Playmore’s The King of Fighters XIV on PlayStation 4.

The latest in SNK’s flagship fighting gamer series uses the traditional traditional 3 vs. 3 battle system, couple with a massive 50 character roster.

Here’s the press release, via Atlus:

  • 3D Evolution: All 50 fighters, movesets and more are rendered in full 3D graphics that preserves the essence of KOF’s visual style but updates it with a whole new dimension.
  • The Best Refinement since KOF ’98: Through extensive playtesting and balancing, the controls have been streamlined, and the Combo and Max Mode mechanics have been overhauled to create the most competitive fighter in SNK’s history.
  • The KOF Saga Continues: There’s a robust single-player storyline where several years have passed since the previous KOF tournament. Now a worldwide business, the global KOF will decide who is the strongest as both individuals and companies with their own ambitions have come to compete. Players compete against CPU-controlled opponents to unlock the storyline.
  • The Best Roster Yet: There are 50 fighters total, with 31 returning from previous entries into the KOF series, and 19 brand new characters. All 50 characters will be available at the game’s launch.
  • Revamped Online Experience: THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV has devoted a lot of development time to improving the game’s netcode for vastly improved online gameplay. KOF XIV uses the PS4’s online architecture to have a whole host of online conveniences, from spectating to saving replay/battle data, and having a single online KOF XIV profile to connect with friends

Get ready for the greatest fighting tournament on Earth, because SNK PLAYMORE and Atlus U.S.A. are partnering to bring THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV to the Americas later this year. KOF XIV marks the beginning of a new era for the series as it will be making its debut with 3D characters exclusively on PlayStation 4 systems!

Although the classic 3 vs. 3 battle system is unchanged in KOF XIV, the perfectionists at SNK PLAYMORE have made some notable updates to the fighting engine. From streamlining controls to improving the Combo and MAX Mode mechanics, the developers have worked tirelessly to bring hardcore fans and newcomers the most competitive, but accessible, game in KOF history. Did we mention that the graphics are now fully rendered in 3D? Players will beat their opponents senseless while experiencing the new visual style of the 50 fighters (all of whom are available in-game at launch), and movesets! There’s also a brand new Party Battle feature that lets two teams of three human players duke it out via online play. Speaking of which, KOF XIV will have vastly improved netcode for competitive level multiplayer to fully use the PS4’s online features.



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  1. deadeye
    April 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Well Atlus published KoFXIII in NA, so I guess this isn’t so surprising.

  2. Nagato
    April 12, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Well, so much much for the PC version previously seeming likely enough.

    Also, RIP European KoF fans.

  3. Neojames82
    April 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Remember, the term “exclusive” these days doesn’t always mean forever.

  4. landlock
    April 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Why. European publishers pick up Atlus published titles all the time. Can easily see someone like PQube grabbing this. Maybe NISA if they fancy doing something a little different.

  5. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    April 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Its still happening, probably with another publisher.

    Several SNK executives have discussed that its more than likely happening, plus they would be losing most if not all the fans in Asia and South America.

  6. Sapph
    April 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    “Players will beat their opponents senseless while experiencing the new visual style of the 50 fighters (all of whom are available in-game at launch)”

    Oh, ow, shots fired.

  7. Mr0303
    April 12, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I wonder who will publish it in Europe. PQube have been pretty awesome recently and if Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator is successful, they can try to pick up KOFXIV as well.

  8. Didney Worl
    Didney Worl
    April 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I bet KOF14 has an arcade mode too.

  9. Daryl Corey
    Daryl Corey
    April 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Oh I bet it has the standard arcade ladder and other basic features that crapcom left out because they had time to see what capcom was dropping the ball on

  10. Lordof930u4
    April 12, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    “Its still happening, probably with another publisher.”
    why would the change of publisher interfere with agreements made between the IP and platform holder? please explain.

    “Several SNK executives have discussed that its more than likely happening”

  11. Lordof930u4
    April 12, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I dont believe any of those cases had mentioned “exclusive” on their *official* press releases.

  12. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    April 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    So does this means Sega is involved?

  13. Mr0303
    April 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Most fighting games nowadays are riddled with DLC and Ultimate editions. KOF and Tekken seem to be the exceptions rather than the rule, but this was an awesome dig at the SFV alpha.

  14. Professor_Icepick
    April 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Wow, I thought I was the only one who came to the conclusion that Atlus picking this up was essentially a kiss of death to a PC version.

  15. Smug
    April 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I still vastly prefer the pixel art from the older games.

    Guilty Gear Xrd Sign did a better job at using 3D visuals while actually keeping the spirit of the original old style.

  16. Master Bating
    Master Bating
    April 12, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    SNK is publishing the game itself on Nippon for example.

    Atlus not doing PC doesnt mean a thing.

    I dont have a source, but Ill sell my dog if it doesnt happen after how well it sold.

  17. NeoStrayCat
    April 12, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Sega is now part of Atlus full time, so, probably yes.

  18. NeoStrayCat
    April 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Well, Rising Star handled KOF XIII in PAL regions, so, you never know. X3

  19. KissDisqus
    April 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Did they show off the model for Mai yet?

  20. Daryl Corey
    Daryl Corey
    April 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    nope saddly not yet

  21. 日塔 奈美
    日塔 奈美
    April 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Bro. SNK self-pubs on PC.

  22. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    April 12, 2016 at 5:51 pm


  23. goodbyejojo
    April 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    its gonna be extremely delayed, most of the european publishers are hack jobs.

  24. ahhhaahhh
    April 12, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    hope this doesn’t get release no pc

  25. InkBrush
    April 12, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    So… Could this be a weird foreshadowing of KoF vs Virtua Fighter?

    ( Cause Atlus is now fully owned by SEGA now. )

  26. InkBrush
    April 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Sounds more of what Aksys does.

  27. Nagato
    April 12, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Hope you’re right.

  28. reifar
    April 12, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    I don’t get this, did everyone forget that Atlus published kof 13? They claimed it was exclusive to the ps3 YET it still got a pc release later down the line. A pc release is still very much possible like they did with kof 13.

  29. reifar
    April 12, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I kinda wished SNK started to use 3d earlier so they can get more used to it since from the looks of it they are making their own engine as opposed to using the unreal engine xrd and street fighter 5 are using.

    Sucks that the kof 13 sprites almost killed them, they were timeless but as long as kof 14 has good netcode I can live with the 3d look.

  30. landlock
    April 13, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Maybe, Maybe not. Depends what you mean by extremely delayed. 1 or 2 months isn’t that bad IMO.

  31. landlock
    April 13, 2016 at 3:01 am

    PQube or NISA most likely. NISA seem to be all over Atlus’ titles at the minute.

  32. TheCynicalReaper
    April 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

    >All 50 fighters
    >Really well designed and modeled since their first appearence so it looks great and not an embarassment
    >Atlus USA, so no censorship or SJW tripe
    >all those fantastic fighting females

    H Y P E


  33. Ero-Sennin
    April 13, 2016 at 7:41 am

    “Take That!!” Sparc Fighter V!

  34. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    April 13, 2016 at 9:40 am

    May I ask why?

  35. Joey
    April 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Aksys just release it digital only because they are too lazy to pub physical copies themselves or letting somebody else take it.

  36. Joey
    April 13, 2016 at 6:57 pm


  37. landlock
    April 14, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Before that we just didn’t get them at all so no not unfortunatly not even the slightest.