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SNK was supposed to release a brand new console in 2021 so where is it and what even is it?

Will we finally see the new NeoGeo in 2022?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 4, 2022 at 4:19 p.m. PST • Comments: 12

SNK hasn't been in the console hardware business since they nearly ceased to exist 20 years ago, which is why it was surprising to see them want to jump back into the market now.

At the tail end of 2020, the makers of King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown and Metal Slug announced they'd be releasing a brand new console in 2021. It's now 2022, however, and the system is still nowhere to be seen.

From what little has been talked about thus far, it appears SNK is poising the system to not be a direct competitor with Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft but also not simply a retro console filled with old fighters.

It's technically impossible to say for certain why the company didn't launch their new take on the NeoGeo family or why they didn't even reveal what it actually is, but there are some easy conclusions to draw.

The most likely situation probably comes down to the continued state of the world thanks in large part to the coronavirus pandemic.

This led to a global shortage of semi-conductors and other components needed to manufacture electronics, which in meant that many companies have either needed to push back release dates or lower production for a multitude of products.

Combine that with the logistic difficulties of working on a project this big from home, which also led to The King of Fighters 15 getting delayed from 2021 to 2022, spells the perfect storm of developmental setbacks.

As for what exactly the system is, SNK revealed in an investors meeting in 2019 they were working on the NeoGeo 2 with plans for a NeoGeo 3 as well.

They confirmed at the time that the NeoGeo 2 wouldn't be a successor to the NeoGeo Mini retro console and specifically stated it was planned to be a "semi-open platform."

This likely means the NeoGeo 2 could come bundled with some games by default with the options to purchase more.

Although there's no way SNK could produce something on the level of the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, it's not out of the realm of possibility they could build a box that runs their more recent titles like SamSho's reboot or even KOF15.

The benefit of doing so when the games are already widely available on established consoles certainly seems questionable at best though unless they offered some sort of unique benefit.

Perhaps they could figure out some sort of system-side global rollback netcode feature to allow all of their older titles like SamSho, KOF14 and KOF13 to be played with improved online.

But is there an actual market present large enough to make that profitable? I'm not so sure about that.

The fact that SNK is going in enough to call the console the NeoGeo 2 is still big and implies it's closer to a successor of the classic MVS rather than the NeoGeo Mini.

Hopefully, we can learn much more about what SNK has up their sleeves for the NeoGeo revolution in 2022 unless the project has been shelved completely, which isn't beyond the realm of probability either.

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