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SNK fans, rejoice. The legendary developer behind the King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, and Metal Slug series has announced that a new Fatal Fury (Garou) game is finally in development, one that should serve as a sequel to Garou: Mark of the Wolves, the classic 2D fighter that introduced Rock Howard, son of Geese Howard and protégé of franchise staple Terry Bogard, over 20 years ago. SNK hasn’t shared too much info about its new Fatal Fury project yet, but the game will almost assuredly be 3D based on the direction that the developer has taken for some of its other classic franchises. A teaser trailer and piece of concept art shared by SNK can also confirm that Rock will be a returning character.

Legends Never Die – After more than 20 years, FATAL FURY / GAROU is coming back…

Osaka, Japan, August 8th, 2022 – SNK CORPORATION (Corporate HQ: Suita-city, Osaka, Japan, Company President & CEO:Kenji Matsubara) is pleased to announce that a new game in the FATAL FURY/GAROU series, a franchise that can be called the starting point of SNK’s long history of fighting games, is currently in development. Additionally, SNK announced news about KOF XV and SAMURAI SHODOWN.

SNK’s popular FATAL FURY fighting game series, which spearheaded the fighting game boom in the 90’s with its release in 1991, the last of which was GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES way back in 1999, will receive a new installment. The teaser art for the new game was unveiled today. FATAL FURY / GAROU will mark a new turning point in the history of fighting games, so fans can look forward to the continuation of this legendary series.

SNK doesn’t have any more to share about its new Fatal Fury game, but its press release can confirm that the roster of KOF XV has grown with the addition of new classic Orochi characters, which can be obtained via DLC. The company also teased some online improvements for Samurai Shodown, the latest installment of its weapons fighter.

Additionally, SNK launched a new team of DLC characters for KOF XV today. OROCHI YASHIRO, OROCHI SHERMIE, and OROCHI CHRIS are three characters who worked in the shadows to revive Orochi in KOF ’97. Now they are back to form Team AWAKENED OROCHI and are coming to KOF XV.

This team is not the only addition to the KOF XV roster that was announced today, however. Team SAMURAI will join the game in fall 2022. HAOHMARU, NAKORURU, and DARLI DAGGER from SNK’s popular fighting game SAMURAI SHODOWN are coming to KOF XV.

The next season of KOF XV DLC starts in 2023. Classic SNK fan-favorites SHINGO YABUKI and KIM KAPHWAN have been announced, with plans for long-awaited crossplay on the way. DLC characters for KOF XV include 7 currently available characters, 8 previously announced characters, as well as unannounced characters from the NEXT SEASON, for a total of over 15 planned characters. Together with the 39 playable characters in the main game, a total of 54 characters will be available in KOF XV.

SAMURAI SHODOWN will be updated in 2023 to implement rollback netcode to improve online playability and functionality. The update will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, and the Epic Games Store.

Source: SNK

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2 comments

  1. You know what... give me a game set in the white wolf universe where there are Garou, Vampires, Faye, and others running around overlapping. Or let us play Scion's in a broader game where all of the others are just there as challenges or PVE content.

    Meh... fighting games were never my thing once I got out of Jr high and discovered other games.
  2. We wanted a sequel to Garou: Mark of the Wolves for a loooooooooong time. But I wanted that back when SNK was a decent company, not the retards who made KoF 14, 15, and Samurai Shodown 2019. A new Garou would probably be on the same crappy 3D engine. A Garou game needs to be a 2D masterpiece. Like the mock-up that Lizardcube did a couple years ago: https://www.destructoid.com/garou-m...ardcubes-stylish-imagining-of-an-snk-classic/
    Now instead of getting excited whenever SNK announces something, I fear how they are gonna f*ck it up instead.

    In the meantime I continue to play a lot of their most excellent games on my Neo-Geo MVS.

    EDIT:
    Meh... fighting games were never my thing once I got out of Jr high and discovered other games.
    Yeah I fell outta fighting games during my college days. I still dabble from time to time (mostly with older fighting games rather than newer ones), but I don't even really count them as a genre I play anymore.

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