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The King of Fighters XII Ignites Your PS3 this Week

Shane Bettenhausen's Avatar Posted by on Jul 27, 2009 // Developer Relations // SCEA

Greetings and salutations, PlayStation Blog readers!

The fighting game gurus at SNK PLAYMORE have finally put the finishing touches on the PLAYSTATION 3 release of The King of Fighters XII, the long-awaited next-generation rebirth of this revered arcade fighting franchise. The game will be available at retail tomorrow, July 28th, and we here at Ignition Entertainment are thrilled to help bring this all-new hand-drawn 2D fighter to the North American market first. That’s right; U.S. gamers will get their hands on the game before their counterparts in Asia and Europe…so early adopters can train for a few days to hone their skills before facing online challengers from KOF’s Japanese homeland.

KOF XII Screenshot 2

Series veterans likely already know the franchise’s unique history—back in 1994, characters from classic Neo Geo series including Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, and Ikari Warriors were brought together to create a unique and revolutionary three-on-three fighting game known simply as The King of Fighters ’94. For the next decade, KOF reigned as one of the most beloved fighting game franchises ever, with annual updates satiating fans’ desires for updated rosters and gameplay evolution. But in 2004, KOF mysteriously went on hiatus and fans knew SNK PLAYMORE had to be planning a massive overhaul for the venerated fighting series. It’s now been nearly half a decade since The King of Fighters was last seen, and The King of Fighters XII arrives just in time to celebrate the franchise’s 15th anniversary.

King of Fighters XII has taken the next evolutionary step with radically reworked gameplay, glorious high-resolution 2D graphics, and silky smooth animation. SNK PLAYMORE has spared no effort lovingly hand crafting each of the 22 characters to forge the most gorgeous 2D fighting game ever seen, coupled with a selection of lively, intricately detailed stages spanning the globe. The idea that 2D sprite graphics that could be compared to animated films was once an inconceivable dream, but that promise has been fulfilled with KOF XII’s fluidly moving fighters.

PS3 pugilists looking for a single-player experience can challenge the traditional Arcade Mode, change focus with the Time Attack Mode, or even unlock a wealth of attractive artwork in the Gallery. But as usual, the game truly shines in a Versus setting—grab a buddy, plug in a second controller (or even better, a joystick), and watch the hours melt away (and the thumb blisters build). You can also battle head to head via the Playstation Network to engage players online all over the world. With 8-player online lobbies, KOF XII simulates the arcade experience of days long past—prospective fighters can be spectators during other players’ fights and then “quarter up” and play the winner.

KOF XII players can also experience the revolutionary, PLAYSTATION 3-exclusive Clan Mode, a unique feature that allows players with a common goal to band together as a members-only club in order to create the most dominant online Clan possible. You’ll be able to send out a Clan newsletter, kick out members who aren’t carrying their weight, and challenge other Clans to move up the international Clan leaderboard. PS3 players will also be able to download an exclusive theme featuring sultry female fighters Elizabeth and Mature, and should look forward to a slew of upcoming downloadable content that will be made available on PSN. And don’t forget about full Playstation 3 Trophy support, allowing players to be rewarded for their skill and to flaunt their accolades as true badges of honor.

KOF XII Screenshot 1

Don’t miss out. History is being made and you can be a part of it with The King of Fighters XII – the ultimate fighting game for the ultimate fighting game fan.

And as a little gift from us at Ignition, we’ve got some Mercury Meltdown PSP vouchers to give away. Keep an eye out on the Sony PlayStation Twitter feed today at 3PM Pacific for deets.

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+ Thrasher20 on July 27th, 2009 at 2:03 pm said:

OoOo can’t wait!!

Yo sNsKid! Have fun playing this one! :)


+ ProSoldier14 on July 27th, 2009 at 2:03 pm said:

Pretty cool, but where’s the new Ratchet & Clank trailer? Jeff? Chris?

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    + Jeff Rubenstein on July 27th, 2009 at 5:26 pm said:

    We\’re readying a more comprehensive RCF:ACiT post for tomorrow, which includes that trailer, and more.


+ kmkaizen on July 27th, 2009 at 2:04 pm said:

where this KOFXII i playing it where i get done with blazblue this game still look great


+ Ruffday on July 27th, 2009 at 2:05 pm said:

Gotta get it looks sweet!


+ Jack-Bauer-89 on July 27th, 2009 at 2:07 pm said:

Cant wait for the EU release after hearing Shanes interview on the Interactive Distractions Podcast :D


+ Vengeful-Chaos on July 27th, 2009 at 2:13 pm said:

I can’t wait to get this in the mail, I won it from you guys on twitter. Many, many thanks!!!!


+ Delriach on July 27th, 2009 at 2:14 pm said:


I’ve had the game for a few days now (Yay for Gamestop for once). I’m absolutely digging the gameplay. However, the online play is just painful. I have the latest update and it makes the game a little bit more playable but the lag breaks the online gameplay way too much. Is any work being done beyond the last update to fix this? Are there servers that just aren’t on or something?

Also, I had installed the game before the update. I updated and now the size in the Game Data Utility is 1350MB. However, if you delete the data and just start a fresh update without a previous install, the size will be 772MB. Will the 1350MB file cause any sorts of conflicts?


+ BlooodyCow on July 27th, 2009 at 2:14 pm said:

what up Shane Bettenhausen. Sucks that you are no longer at 1UP. I don’t visit that site anyomre :(
Anyway, will be picking this game up when I get enough money.


+ onimonkii on July 27th, 2009 at 2:14 pm said:

i’m hearing lots of really bad things about the netcode. when can we expect a patch?


+ TerryVSL on July 27th, 2009 at 2:14 pm said:


Not wasting cash on crossplatform junk.

Too many amazing PS3 exclusives games to play.


+ Delriach on July 27th, 2009 at 2:19 pm said:

Also, I forgot to mention this in my post:

If you try to install the game after the update, the game will tell you that the data was installed with the latest update. So basically you can never get to that 1350MB size unless you had installed it before the update. Is it just better to delete the old Game Data and start fresh?


+ Strange__Brew on July 27th, 2009 at 2:21 pm said:

1up isn’t the same without you. You are like Sonic , and the people left at 1up are your —— little friends.

Take care.


+ Daimomaru on July 27th, 2009 at 2:26 pm said:

This game should really be a $20 PSN game at least…it lacks too much by today’s fighting game standards.


+ andre_elias on July 27th, 2009 at 2:31 pm said:

I was expecting a PSN/download release for this title!

I’m a big KOF fan and will surely buy this one, but I was expecting a little more from the graphics department. I was checking the pictures from the Playstation Blog Flickr account and it all looks so… “last generation” (pixelated as hell, tbh). It’s a shame, but I know I won’t resist, lol.


+ Kchow23 on July 27th, 2009 at 2:37 pm said:

wow amazing looking game, hope to buy it sometime soon


+ ADR143 on July 27th, 2009 at 2:38 pm said:

ill pass im w8ting on tekken 6!


+ cleversignin on July 27th, 2009 at 2:40 pm said:

clearly this level is set in the USA:|


+ wbrinkman on July 27th, 2009 at 2:41 pm said:

@14 you’re right. Dont these developers know about anti aliasing? Those screenshots are just horrible. Maybe you won’t notice them with all the flashy >KA-POW< burring on top.


+ tearsofash on July 27th, 2009 at 2:50 pm said:

Been playing this since Friday. I have a lot of fun with it, but compared to XI it feels like a step back instead of a step forward. However, this is supposed to be a “rebirth” and I think they’ll only go forward from here.

The online could use some work, but it’s still pretty fun to play with my friends. As long as I’m hosting I always seem to win!


+ INTVGene on July 27th, 2009 at 2:52 pm said:

This AND Fat Princess… now I really know that Trine isn’t coming too.

Anyway, what to buy???


+ JABEE on July 27th, 2009 at 2:55 pm said:

Shane come back to 1up Yours. I miss you being on my favorite weekly podcast.


+ Beauladog on July 27th, 2009 at 2:55 pm said:

I was really looking forward to this game because I love all the King of Fighters game but then I heard that it has no boss and no story to it.


+ Frazz on July 27th, 2009 at 2:57 pm said:

Shane the podcast(1up yours) hasn’t been the same since you left.
You should do a playstation eye chat with Jeff to talk more about your game.

PSN: Frazz


+ yoeun88 on July 27th, 2009 at 2:58 pm said:

this or blazblue?


+ clupula668 on July 27th, 2009 at 3:24 pm said:

Missing too much of what made previous KOF games great. No story, no boss, no Mai, no K’, no King, no Whip, no Yamazaki, no endings, no new characters, old characters missing moves and stage intros. I will wait for KOF XIII.

If you have to choose between this and Blazblue, go with Blazblue


+ FFObsessed on July 27th, 2009 at 3:38 pm said:

Hi Shane.

So err, what’s up with WarDevil? Cancelled? Scam?

Any comment?



+ Djryuzaki on July 27th, 2009 at 3:39 pm said:

I won one of the codes! Thanks guys!!


+ Gunblader_ on July 27th, 2009 at 3:42 pm said:

Shane is posting an article on the playstation blog… his life is now complete.


+ SpearrO on July 27th, 2009 at 3:48 pm said:

Good to see your name pop up again Shane. Glad to see you landed on your feet after the 1up shenanigans, and that we’ll continue to hear from you. With Inithar on here too it’s like a 1up reunion!


+ LittleSpaceDoubt on July 27th, 2009 at 3:56 pm said:

I’ve been waiting for this game FOREVER!! Thank you.


+ Jedah_PR on July 27th, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

I’m a huge King of Fighters fan, so I can’t wait to play this game, although I’m turned off by the 20 only characters, and the lack of a single/story mode when basically ALL previous KoF games have been story driven games…


+ TrueFFVIIFan on July 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm said:

Hey Shane…

Where is Mai…? Will we see her appearance in this game…? Please say YES! PLEASE!


+ evildude683 on July 27th, 2009 at 4:06 pm said:

{quote,Shane Bettenhaussen}
“That’s right; U.S. gamers will get their hands on the game before their counterparts in Asia and Europe”

Sorry to tell you that ain’t gonna happen my good “Shane” over there they all have FAKE American they’ll be playing to..

BTW: say no to PSN sharing!!!!


+ Neil on July 27th, 2009 at 4:14 pm said:



+ greasymonk on July 27th, 2009 at 4:19 pm said:

For those who says the game is pixelated. Go to option and turn on Soft and set it higher. You won’t see the pixels no more.


+ Metellica505 on July 27th, 2009 at 4:28 pm said:

graphics look saweet


+ AC_STORM on July 27th, 2009 at 4:29 pm said:

Hello, Where is the Hustle Kings “The king of pool game”. When is it coming out. I do not see it in the playstation store.


+ T3mpr1x on July 27th, 2009 at 5:21 pm said:

Off-topic, but LOL Jeff @ the Uncharted 2 countdown! That seems so far away haha…


+ maxxy209 on July 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm said:


It says PS3, playstation. Don’t see where it says PSN. I don’t psn share, but you also have to ask the reason others do it.

Will be a buy from me, can’t wait.


+ sNsKid on July 27th, 2009 at 5:35 pm said:

I’m getting this game, but I had to link this video. lol

If you don’t have BlazBlue yet you need to get it before KOFXII.


+ ratchet10 on July 27th, 2009 at 5:36 pm said:

Good to hear Mangod.


+ ratchet10 on July 27th, 2009 at 5:36 pm said:

Good to hear Mangod.


+ sNsKid on July 27th, 2009 at 5:40 pm said:

Why do people think fighting games will be in in the PS Store just because Capcom releases their old fighting games via PSN?


+ ProSoldier14 on July 27th, 2009 at 5:41 pm said:

Thanks for the reply Jeff. :)


+ EmperorKorea on July 27th, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

only 6 stages; do not want.


+ ratchet10 on July 27th, 2009 at 5:47 pm said:

sorry for double post.


+ lanis01 on July 27th, 2009 at 6:22 pm said:

There will be DLC for this game, right? I bought it yesterday and I’m honestly disappointed by what it’s lacking, like certain characters, a story mode, a boss, etc. It is the best looking KoF game ever, but it seems like the focus was spent on art and not on content.


+ Alvarado6411 on July 27th, 2009 at 6:27 pm said:

Hell yeah, thanks for making KOFXIII!

So, Shane:

Any news on upcoming Neo-Geo titles coming to the Playstation Network? I’d be neat to see Metal Slug, KOF, Garou, Ikari Warriors.. you get the idea.


+ osc_666 on July 27th, 2009 at 7:11 pm said:




+ Harry190 on July 27th, 2009 at 7:36 pm said:

Hope the game will be out in Canada tomorrow. It better be since it looks as if the Canadian version(with a french section in the manual and on the box) is being sold in the US right now.

$77 with taxes. Worth it.

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