The next instalment in the King of Fighters series has been stamped with a global release date of July 2009.
The King of Fighters XII is in development for PS3 and Xbox 360. It will feature high-resolution fighters instead of the usual sprites, and we're promised fluid animations along with detailed, hand-drawn backgrounds.
According to SNK's Masaaki Kukino, the team's slogan during development has been "KOF Re-Birth" as their goal has been to completely overhaul the series.
"To make this a truly unique fighting game, we’ve revolutionised the graphics by creating state of the art visuals - and made no compromises in that process whatsoever," said Kukino. People DIED. Possibly.
Ignition Entertainment's Shaun Bettenhausen added, "While other fighting games have abandoned the time-consuming process of creating beautiful 2D art, KOFXII fully embraces the refined aesthetic beauty that only human hands can produce."
Have a look at the trailer and judge for yourself.