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SNK's silence on King of Fighters 15 may be a sign that development has shifted to next generation consoles

Although 2020 has been a year with more than its fair share of challenges for all of us, one area which has been seeing consistent content releases and updates is fighting games. While we haven't been able to have offline events as we'd like to, the games have been bustling with new content, balance patches and entirely new releases as well, so the genre has definitely been popping even during quarantine times.

One game which people have been looking forward to for a very long time, though, and everyone seemed to be feeling very sure would release sometime this year is the newest installment in SNK's massive fighting game flagship, King of Fighters, namely King of Fighters 15. Now the year is almost over, and not only is the game not out, but we haven't even seen a glimpse of it beyond its logo (and even that may be subject to change). So what's going on with King of Fighters 15, anyway? Well, nobody who doesn't work at SNK themselves can really say for sure, but let's look at past SNK projects as well as the little informatipn drip we have had for the upcoming fighter to try and discern what the situation is.

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We're thankful for Tetsuharu's fighting game art

From Street Fighter to Sam Sho, King of Fighters to Guilty Gear, Darkstalkers to Soul Calibur, Japanese artist Tetsuharu can draw a mean fighting game character.

In perusing through Tetsu's Twitter we found a collection of wonderfully drawn images of the likes of the Karin Kanzuki, Lilith Aensland, Ivy Valentine, Terri Bogard, Iroha, and plenty of others.

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SNK producer gives update on King of Fighters 15's development and impact of COVID-19 on the game

After remaining quiet for the vast majority of the past year, SNK appears to be a bit more open now about what's going on with the development of The King of Fighters 15.

Last week, producer and KOF14 director Yasuyuki Oda opened up a bit about when fans should expect to see the new fighting game for the first time, and now he's appeared in another video interview to speak more about how the game itself is progressing and what impact COVID-19 has had on the project.

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New King of Fighters 15 information reportedly coming early next year

Among the list of most anticipated fighting games for 2020, The King of Fighters 15 was at the top for many in the FGC. Problem is, the game has been completely missing this year with not so much as a teaser image to hold fans over coming out of SNK.

Recently, however, KOF14 Director Yasuyuki Oda provided a small update as to when fans should expect to see more about the next leap in SNK's storied fighting game series.

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Tekken 7 named fighting game of the generation by the EventHubs community

Update: The community has spoken! With more than 1,600 votes cast and plenty of great candidates to chose from, Tekken 7 has been crowned as the fighting game of the generation by all of you, the readers of EventHubs. You can check out the final poll numbers in the original story below and see how close some of the rankings are.

It's kinda hard to believe, but the next generation of consoles is no longer on the horizon. The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will be here in just a few short days.

Though many players will be looking forward with what's about to come, it's also a great time to reflect on the fighting games that defined the eighth generation these past seven years from Killer Instinct to Granblue Fantasy: Versus.

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Controversial SNK Allstar advertisement tarnishes Terry Bogard's family-friendly reputation, SNK removes and distances themselves from commercial

When licensing out a company's iconic characters to advertise or promote something else, it's important to be very careful as to how everything is used / portrayed, but even then there are things that still slip through the cracks.

A new SNK Allstar advertisement sparked controversy quickly after the commercial appeared online which featured poster boy Terry Bogard performing acts that many deemed offensive and uncharacteristic of the fighting game legend — and SNK seemed none too pleased by it as well.

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Click Burgundy's top tier fighting game portraits bring out the best the genre has to offer from Guilty Gear to Virtua Fighter and beyond

The current generation of fighting games are officially entering their twilight years with the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles looming on the horizon, but that doesn't mean our current roster is running out of steam or hype anytime soon.

Click Burgundy is an awesome artist we've featured a number of times in the past because of their attachment to the fighting game community that perfectly captures what we love about the characters therein.

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Lady Geese joins the roster of King of Fighters Allstar following gender-bent version of Maxima, Brian, Kim, Chang and others

The King of Fighters Allstar remains one of the best mobile titles around that features iconic fighting game characters and is still receiving constant updates along with crossovers ranging from Tekken to the WWE.

Allstar's most recent update continues a pattern Netmarble set forth earlier by introducing a gender-bent version of Geese Howard, who they have dubbed Lady Geese.

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This weird King of Fighters glitch makes Maxima look like he needs an exorcism

The early King of Fighters games are some of the most iconic in fighting game history though with that many characters and teams to juggle, there's going to be some bugs that ended up slipping through the cracks during development.

Resident fighting game glitch master D-NO recently shared a fun bug from KOF '99 between Maxima and Whip that causes the massively tall fighter to spin like he's been placed on a turntable.

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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

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.

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Sony's Big in Japan Sale on PS4 features great fighting game deals including SF5: Champion Edition's Upgrade Kit and Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection

There are so many great fighting games this generation to choose from that it becomes hard to decide which ones to pick up and put time into, but digital sales make it pretty easy to add to our collections and backlogs.

Sony is currently running their Big in Japan Sale for the PlayStation 4 which unsurprisingly includes a lot of good fighting game deals for players looking to pick up newer titles or get back to classics.

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Artist draws extra buff versions of ladies from fighting game titles like Street Fighter and Fatal Fury

You needn't see E. Honda's sumo abs more than once to realize that fighting game characters are almost always designed to be considerably more muscular than your average Joe Schmo, but one Japanese artist has taken things a full step further and imagined some of the ladies of Street Fighter (along with a few other titles) as incredibly cut body builders.

This might not be for everyone, but we get to see the likes of Cammy, Makoto, Alice, Sakura, and others as though they hit the heavy weights on the regular. Continue on to see the impressive work of Shopyun.

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Safe for work Mai, not as safe for work Mai, Wii-Fit Mai, Hsien-Ko Jam, and other fighting game beauties feature in this wonderful gallery from Phamoz

Along with the likes of Cammy, Morrigan, and Chun-Li, King of Fighters' Mai Shiranui is one of the most commonly drawn fighting game characters in the business. Zoma Phamoz takes a few creative passes at the fan-wielding fighter in some of their recent illustrations, and we thought they were more than good enough to share.

Though she's the most prevalent, Mai by far isn't the only character represented in our roundup as figures from Guilty Gear, Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, and even Skullgirls strut their stuff as well.

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King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, Garou and The Last Blade games are now available for free if you have Amazon Prime

Twitch Prime continues to be a good service to get free games and in-game items for quite some time now, especially if you're a fan of SNK's fighting game roster and other classics.

The service, now called Amazon Prime Gaming, added eight more SNK titles to September's free offerings including games from The King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, Garou an The Last Blade series available to download and keep.

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Japanese artist draws beautiful versions of Street Fighter and King of Fighters characters

We came for the Akira but we stayed for the SNK. That pretty much sums up our experience with Otsudou, a Japanese artist and fighting game fan who is currently developing a portfolio.

We've put together a brief gallery of some of Otsudou's work including the aforementioned Akira, who hails from Rival Schools but is now slated to guest star in Street Fighter 5 next year, as well as Ibuki, Rock Howard, Benimaru, Terry Bogard, and Kyo Kusanagi of King of Fighters fame.

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Nagoriyuki's reveal, Daigo's big CPT win, Street Fighter 5 Season 5 and more: Click Burgundy's fighting game art covers the latest FGC happenings

If you couldn't tell before, Click Burgundy is one of our absolute favorite artists in these parts in no small part for keeping up with the fighting game community and drawing what we're all seeing and hearing around the scene.

Now that we've got big announcements, tournaments and more for fighting games for the first time in a while, Burgundy's recent works are a great way to experience what's been going on in games like Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, Granblue Fantasy: Versus and Guilty Gear Strive among others.

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Who are the ten mainstay characters of King of Fighters who haven't missed a single game since their first appearance? Some omissions may surprise you

With King of Fighters 15 on the horizon, one of the main things on everyone's mind is of course which characters are going to make it. It's no wonder — SNK has some of the most iconic fighting game characters known to man, and more importantly they have a heavily rotating roster, with instances of highly popular characters not appearing for over 10 years from time to time. When talking with a friend, I started thinking about who are the actual mainstays of the King of Fighters series — the ones who never miss a single game. This made me sit down and actually research which characters this applies to, and the results were actually shocking for a few of them.

Of course, you can't count instances of a character who was introduced in a later game not showing up in King of Fighters '94 (it's difficult to appear before you even exist, after all), but even with that rule in mind, there was just one single character who was introduced after King of Fighters '94 who's managed to stay a part of the main series' roster in every title since then. As you can see from the banner, highly popular characters like K', Mai Shiranui, Kula Diamond and Leona Heidern who showed up a few games into the series have actually each been removed from at least one title after their inclusion.

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