The King of Fighters XV, also called KOF XV, is a fighting game developed by SNK. It was released on February 17, 2022 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S. This is also the first game in The King of Fighters series to use Unreal Engine 4 and the first to use GGPO rollback networking. Taking place after the events of The King of Fighters XIV, the narrative will primarily revolve around two fighters with multiverse-related supernatural powers, Shun’ei and Isla, among other returning heroes facing revived threats. King of Fighters XV generally received praise for its character roster, team-based gameplay, smooth online performance, but criticism for its story mode, complex tutorials, and mechanics. Like its predecessors, The King of Fighters XV uses a fighting system involving teams composed of three fighters.
The story focuses on the next King of Fighters tournament held after the appearance and defeat of Verse, the entity from KOF XIV, along with the mayhem caused by its mysterious powers, resurrecting various long-thought deceased fighters from past tournaments. A woman known as Chizuru Kagura gathers the fighters Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami in order to look after the seal of the snake demon Orochi. Following this current saga’s protagonist Shun’ei, the boy with mysterious powers resembling Verse’s enters the tournament again alongside his friend Meitenkun and the veteran fighter Benimaru Nikaido to better understand his powers, while also dealing with a rival team led by a girl with similar powers to his own. Newcomers are marked in italics. The King of Fighters XV is set to launch with 42 playable characters (14 teams of 3 fighters), with 4 more teams of 3 fighters and 1 single entry character planned as paid downloadable content.
The parry system also returns under the name Shatter Strike. It also reincorporates the common MAX Mode system where fighters can use stronger techniques once energy bars are filled. The game features a wide variety of online modes, including Ranked Match, Casual Match, Room Match, and Online Training. The single button “Rush” from The King of Fighters XIV reappears and is updated to help newcomers perform combos and special/super moves easier. Destructoid compared it with a fully charged Focus Attack from Street Fighter IV. Shatter Strike was designed mainly as a defensive system but it can be used offensively when making use of guard points. It will also be adjusted as it is apparently quite strong in the demo. In XIV, combos from quick activation were the main way max mode was used so the gauge consumption was increased from 1 to 2 to prevent players from being overwhelmed. Neutral state in XIV was not seen often so in XV attack power and guard crush are increased when neutral is activated.
Since its debut in 1994, the KOF fighting game series has been driving the world to new heights of excitement with its appealing characters and unique game system. Six years have passed since the last title in the series, and now KOF XV surpasses all of its predecessors in terms of graphics, systems, and online experience! Classic popular characters, heroes and villains revived from the dead, new challengers, and more! The most epic dream match in KOF history is about to begin! The latest KOF Saga continues from the previous title in Story Mode. This time, the story is coming to an explosive climax! Inheriting the series’ traditional 3-on-3 team battle, KOF XV also features the exciting new “SHATTER STRIKE” mechanic. Enjoy an unprecedented sense of speed and hype fighting game action! The King of Fighters XV features rollback netcode. There are also a variety of battle options that allow you to choose how you want to play! Includes a Gallery with movies and voice samples, and a new DJ STATION with over 300 popular songs from the KOF series and more.