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King of Fighters series to make Xbox 360, PS3 debut

by Steven Williamson on 4 March 2009, 10:15

Tags: Ignition Entertainment, Xbox 360, PS3

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SNK Playmore has confirmed that The King of Fighters XII, the 3-on-3 beat 'em up game, will be released worldwide in July 2009 on Xbox 360 and PS3.

Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, The King of Fighters XII has undergone a complete graphical overhaul. The antiquated character sprites used over the past 14 years have been dropped in favor of all-new, high-resolution fighters fluidly animating across painstakingly detailed, 100% hand-drawn backgrounds.

“Our development slogan for KOFXII is “KOF Re-Birth” and we’ve aimed to create an entirely new King of Fighters game. To make this a truly unique fighting game, we’ve revolutionized the graphics by creating state of the art visuals - and made no compromises in that process whatsoever,” said Masaaki Kukino, SNK Playmore.

What about the gameplay though?

An official feature list has yet to be released, but GameBomb say that KOF II will introduce the "critical counter" and "clash" system.

"When a player lands a close strong punch as a counter, the character enters into a critical counter mode where the player has a short amount of time wherein their character can link multiple attacks together. Once the critical counter's time period has expired the player can finish with a special move," reads the preview.

"There is also a "clash" system in place wherein characters who land blows on one another with matched timing, the engine will generate a 'break' effect and push the characters away from one another into a neutral standing."

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