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King of Fighters 15 Delayed Into 2022 Due To COVID-19 Complications

The King of Fighters 15 was first unveiled during the EVO Championship Series nearly two years ago, but as EVO Online 2021 approaches SNK has announced another delay that will push the game’s release to early 2022.

SNK has been providing us with regular character reveals in recent months, hinting that it was preparing to showcase the full roster and King of Fighters 15 in action during E3 later this month.

So far, fighting game fans have welcomed the SNK’s constant outpouring of content which saw the return of several franchise favorites such as Shermie, along with a far more visually striking game when compared to its underwhelming predecessor.

However, SNK has now announced that due to a sudden increase in the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan, King of Fighters 15’s development will be negatively affected, thus killing any possibility of a 2021 release. In what the company itself has called a push for quality above anything else, King of Fighters 15 will now be out sometime during the first quarter of 2022.

While players will find the developers’ priorities well aligned with their desire to get the best game possible, King of Fighters 15 has been shrouded by a wave of mystery considering it was barely named after its announcement and it’s still not clear on which platforms it’ll be making its debut, as there’s no official confirmation on whether Sony holds the right for the game being a timed exclusive.

As EVO online draws closer, this news rules out all possibility of King of Fighters 15 being in contention for any playable experiences during the fighting game community’s biggest event; unlike Arc System Works’ Guilty Gear Strive which is scheduled to come out in just a few days, and is also earmarked as one of the tournament’s main events. On the other hand, with EVO taking place a couple of months after E3, maybe SNK could still cook up a full trailer for King of Fighters 15 by then.

For now, anyone looking to play some Terry Bogard can at least get their fix in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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