Are you a fan of Karate, discipline, and giant fireballs? Then we have good news, because Team Art of Fighting is returning and ready to battle in THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV!
Ryo Sakazaki, Yuri Sakazaki, and Robert Garcia can most aptly be described as complete “dojo heads.” They’re all dedicated practitioners of the Kyokugenryu Karate style, and train under the tutelage of Mr. Karate himself, Takuma Sakazaki (who also happens to be Ryo and Yuri’s father). Ryo’s fighting style, just like his personality, is very stoic and strong. I mean you have to be if you’re next in line to be the master of your father’s dojo. On the other hand, the suave, and somewhat cavalier, Robert’s style of fighting is VERY kick oriented. Seriously, just watch the trailer. Lastly, Yuri’s fighting style is both cute and utterly unpredictable. Although she uses the most basic forms of Kyokugenryu Karate, she has adapted her fighting style to fit her fighting needs. Some moves might even look vaguely familiar…
Here are the top-line refinements for THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV:
- 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.
- TheKOF 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 XIVhas 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.
The game launches August 23rd on PlayStation 4 for $79.99 CAD. Pre-order and a limited amount of Day One editions will come in a fancy steelbook case, and for the entire week after launch the Classic Ryo will be available for free.
The Premium Edition ($99.99 CAD) will include the Steelbook, an Art book, and a 3-disc soundtrack packed all up nicely in a Collector’s box.