Few franchises have lasted as long as SNK’s King of Fighters franchise. The series, which first debuted in 1994 and is a spinoff of the even older Fatal Fury series, has seen 12 installments with a 13th announced this year at E3. Atlus will be bringing The King of Fighters XIII across the Pacific with a PS3 and Xbox 360 release planned for this Fall.
Developer SNK is claiming that this one is for the fans and that they plan to address many of the problems players had with The King of Fighters XII:
With the triumphant return of fan favorite characters like Mai, K’, and Vice, extensive refinement of the core fighting engine based on community feedback, and vastly improved network functionality, The King of Fighters XIII represents the HD entry in the series that fans have been waiting for.
Painstaking effort has been made to address every last concern following the last entry: fights play faster; the addition of over a half dozen play modes offers variety and replayability; the game’s beautifully rendered and animated character sprites are better distinguished from the backgrounds… which happen to be richer and more detailed; the camera perspective is less restricted; fighters have more moves, including new supers and the all-new NEOMAX supers; and much, much more!