SNK to reveal “new Classic NEOGEO project” at Atlus/SEGA’s EVO 2017 booth

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[EDIT: It seems that the project is actually Samurai Shodown V Special being done by Code Mystics (who has a bad track record) for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. The game will be playable at the booth in its beta form.]

SNK tweeted early this morning that they have a secret, unannounced “new Classic NEOGEO project” to show at this year’s EVO 2017 and will be shown off at Atlus/SEGA’s booth. They even ask in the tweet what it could be. Well, lets talk about what it could be. Lots of SNK fans are thinking this is a new entry into a old ‘NEOGEO IP’ because they teased it as a new project, making them think this is a brand new game from the ground up based on a IP that appeared on NEOGEO hardware.

The thing is that SNK had a premier line up on NEOGEO hardware but I’m leaning that this could be a new Garou: Mark of Wolves, considering it was revealed that SNK was working on Garou: Mark of Wolves 2 before they started up King of Fighters XIV. Not to mention, it will be shown off at EVO 2017, which is a fighting game tournament. But SNK also has Samurai Showdown and Art of Fighting brands, so it can be anything. The other reason this is making me think its a big, boxed title is because its being shown at the Atlus/SEGA booth and Atlus published King of Fighters XIV in the United States. But then again, that is jumping on conclusions and they could only be sharing Atlus/SEGA’s booth because of their prior relationships and because they will be showing off King of Fighters XIV stuff there anyway.

Another big theory is that this is just going to be newly emulated NEOGEO classics being added to current generation consoles, but I have my doubts since they have already released a ton of them on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and even Nintendo Switch without making such teasers. What do you think this “new Classic NEOGEO project” will be? What do you hope it is? Let us know in the comments below.

New The King of Fighters XIV trailer highlights free stages

SNK has released a new trailer showing off the two free stages that will be included in The King of Fighters XIV 2.00 update. The two new The King of Fighters XIV stages are “Transcontinental Railroad and “City Circuit” and like said in our last article about the game they are free. Like free, free.

The 2.00 update for The King of Fighters XIV will also bring fan favorite characters back including Whip, Ryujii Yamazaki, Vanessa, and Rock Howard. Expect the update to hit on April 5th. I really wanna tip my hat to SNK’s team that have been updating this game and really taking fan feedback seriously. Maybe Capcom could learn a lesson or two. Like always, The King of Fighters XIV is already out, so if you haven’t played the game does having free stages make you wanna jump into the action? Let us know.

[Via: Gematsu]

King of Fighters XIV gets Rock Howard DLC, updating to 2.00 on April 5

SNK and Atlus has just announced that the new King of Fighters XIV character is none other than Rock Howard. The character actually leaked early, but now SNK have confirmed that Rock Howard is the last of the four new DLC characters coming via the game’s April 5th update. Rock Howard has been a fan favorite since he debuted on the legendary Garou: Mark of the Wolves.

Rock Howard joins the other three DLC characters:

While the DLC characters will cost you $4.99 each, the April 5th update will also include some free content including:

  • “Transcontinental Railroad” and “City Circuit” stages added (free)
  • Overall character balance adjustments
  • Action record and playback feature during dummy reversals in Training Mode added
  • Background music added
  • Feature improvements and some bug fixes

Got to say, two free stages isn’t bad. You can check out teases of both of the stages below in picture form. I have actually seen King of Fighters XIV on sale for rather cheap lately and I recommend a pretty underrated fighting game.  For those of you who have played it, how do you feel about SNK giving the game a ton of free updates, including the graphics update earlier this year? Does free content and returning characters make you want to get back into the game? let us know in the comments below.

Garou: Mark of the Wolves trophies revealed

MarkOfWolvesSNK announced back at this year’s EVO that there was going to be a port of Garou: Mark of the Wolves on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita later this year, but kept silent after due to them supporting King of Fighters XIV. But fret no more, the website PSN Profiles has posted the Garou: Mark of the Wolves trophies early. The Garou: Mark of the Wolves trophies all seem rather easily attainable, the hardest one seems to be a silver trophy that has the player win twenty multiplayer matches in a row (not including invite/ad hoc) which should be quite easy for people that have experience with the game’s mechanics.

Click here to see Garou: Mark of the Wolves trophies

While the Garou: Mark of the Wolves trophies have already been posted online, SNK has been quiet on the release date for the title. All we know is that it is coming out sometime before the end of 2016 for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. I won’t be shocked if they show off the game at PlayStation Experience which starts on December 3rd and goes on till the 4th. SNK has also teased a re-releases for Samurai Shodown and Fatal Fury for 2017. Is there an old SNK franchises you want to see ported over? Any other console or system not made by Sony you want to see these SNK franchises appear on? Let us know in the comments below!

[Via: SRK]

SNK shows off cancelled Garou: Mark of the Wolves 2 character roster

Garou 2During an interview with 4Gamer, SNK’s Yasuyuki Oda (Game Director), Eisuke Ogura (System Designer), Hidetoshi Ishizawaka (Battle Designer), and Hayato Watanabe (Battle Designer) talked about their upcoming game King of Fighters XIV. Sure there is a lot of hype in the community for that game but what surprised me was that they showed the character roster for a cancelled sequel to Garou: Mark of the Wolves. Garou: Mark of the Wolves is a 1999 Arcade game that got ported to systems such as Neo Geo, PlayStation 2, Dreamcast and a lot more. It is also one of the most underrated fighting games on the SEGA Dreamcast library and that is saying a lot.

It seems that SNK’s Garou: Mark of the Wolves 2 would have used sprites, as seen above in the character art they recently released which is way different than the 3D look that King of Fighters XIV took. What are your thoughts on Garou: Mark of Wolves 2 being worked on rather recently? Let us know in the comments below. King of Fighters XIV is being published by Atlus in the United States.

SNK PLAYMORE teams with ATLUS to bring THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV to the Americas

SNK PLAYMORE and Atlus U.S.A. have just announced that the two are joining forces to bring THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV to the Americas. The game is set to release exclusively to the Playstation 4 later this year. KOF XIV is most well known to fans as the game that brought the series from pixel art to 3D models, whether or not this is a good thing is up to you. Personally, it is just great to have confirmation that the game is heading our way. Atlus promises that KOF XIV will have vastly improved netcode for competitive level multiplayer to fully use the PS4’s online features.

After the break, check out the press release and screens of the upcoming game!

Note: Sega Games Co., Ltd. is Atlus’s parent company, however THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV is coming west thanks to ATLUS U.S.A. Confusing, I know, that’s just how corporations work. It’s like how Disney fan sites can news Star Wars stuff.