Netmarble announced that King of Fighters Allstar will release in North America on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store later this year. This comes after the game made its debut in Asia, with plenty of events and tons of sexy-time costumes to keep mobile gamers coming back for more.
The game is an action-RPG featuring many of the popular characters from the King of Fighters roster, including Kyo, Iori, Athena, Mai, King, Benimaru, K’, Chizuru, Terry, Kula, Ash, Kim, and Ryo.
There was a pretty cool cinematic trailer they released last year for the Japanese release of King of Fighters Allstar on iTunes and Google Play, which you can check out below courtesy of ATRyoSakazaki.
The game will allow players to put together a team of three fighters, and play through the various levels, beating up enemies, unlocking new abilities, and upgrading each of the 50 characters that will be available in the starting roster at launch, spanning The King of Fighters ’94 all the way up to The King of Fighters XIV.
The game features both the traditional 3-vs-3 team battles that the King of Fighters series is known for, as well as side-scrolling beat-’em-up missions, where players will take a team of three and battle through opponents, just like Streets of Rage.
There’s about a year’s worth of content that North Americans will be missing out on, and I’m curious if Netmarble will be including all of that content that’s available in Asia?
For instance, Nameless Gamer showcases some of the Halloween content that was made available last year, featuring various new stages, enemies, and costumes.
It’s a real shame that this isn’t being made for PC and home consoles. There’s a severe lack of beat-’em-up games available on the larger gaming platforms.
As you can see in the video above the 3-on-3 fighting matches aren’t all that great compared to the console and PC versions of King of Fighters, but the beat-’em-up gameplay looks very solid.
Additionally, each of the fighters will have multiple costumes you can unlock, and you can take on various missions to acquire cards as part of a meta deckbuilding element to buff up the characters and equip them with special abilities.
In between missions you can see that there are some very well designed Live2D drawings to help give gamers some extra incentives to keep playing and unlocking new missions and items.
Expect the microtransactions to be about as predatory as any other common mobile game, but that’s to be expected from the free-to-play market. The game will support single-player modes and multiplayer missions as well. You can look for King of Fighters Allstar to launch in North America, Latin America, and Europe later this year on the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store.