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SNK brings rollback netcode to King of Fighters 2002 UM via new beta which could have implications for King of Fighters 15

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • September 28, 2020 at 9:58 a.m. PDT • Comments: 28

SNK announced this morning that rollback netcode is being added to a classic fighting game. The Steam version of King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match will be seeing an open beta test that implements the improved online experience.

Starting October 1 at 10 a.m. PT, players can hop into the beta version of the game and try out the new netcode. While this is great news in and of itself, what may lie beneath the surface is a test bed for King of Fighters 15.

"Get ready because KOF 2002 UM is releasing an open community beta test for its upcoming rollback netcode patch on Steam!" SNK's tweet reads. "Starts Oct 1st at 10AM(PDT) and ends Oct 15th at 10AM(PDT)!"

This beta is being worked on by SNK in conjunction with Code Mystics, the company that helped implement rollback into Garou: Mark of the Wolves earlier this year.

SNK notes that, for the time being, this update to KOF 2002 UM will be tied to the open community beta. You'll need to be running a 64-bit version of Windows to participate in the beta test, and in order to access it you'll have to right-click on KOF 2002 UM's properties in Steam, select the Betas tab, and then hit "64-bit trial" from the choices.

There are no region locks for this beta test, but it is worth mentioning that beta users can only be matched up against fellow beta players. You can opt out of the test at any time by clicking "None" under the Betas tab.

While rollback netcode for a classic King of Fighters title is certainly good news, this immediately raises some flags for the potential future. SNK is clearly running tests for rollback netcode, and with that big King of Fighters 15 elephant in the room that we currently don't know much about, these tests might be a means of trying out a few things for the next main entry in the franchise.

It's no secret that rollback netcode is the preferred online experience of choice in the community, with vocal demands being made whenever a major fighting title doesn't operate on it.

Shipping King of Fighters 15 with a strong rollback netcode could certainly be a powerful selling point for the upcoming game, and at this point I wouldn't be surprised if SNK is trying to iron things out now in preparation for their next fighter.

If you'd like to know more about the King of Fighters 2002 UM beta and potentially participate, you can head over to the Steam page.

Sent in by KaptenKladdkaka, Jedi, and drxhunter.

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