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I am not sure it has ever been made clear what happened with KOF'99 and Daraku Tenshi. The link with KOF'95 is obvious, as the mechanics of the game feel very close to pre-96 KOF. We know most of the staff at Steel Hearts had worked on 94/95, and therefore on Last Resort, and therefore some if not all of them probably started at Irem. The link to KOF'99 is more ambiguous. There are waaaay too many coincidences between the characters from KOF'99 and those from Daraku Tenshi, but it's not clear whether Steel Hearts left SNK with some ideas which were already in development at SNK and made alternate version of the same work-in-progress characters in Daraku Tenshi, or if the staff went to do Daraku Tenshi then came back to repurpose those ideas inside KOF'99 after the failure of Daraku Tenshi. It's not entirely impossible because Daraku Tenshi came out in March 1998, but the usual development deadlines would rather imply the first theory. In her original character bio, Whip famously hates "corruption" ([i]daraku[/i]), "angels" ([i]tenshi[/i]) and "internet slandering" which would tend to imply some acrimonious relationship between the KOF'99 and Daraku Tenshi teams. In any case, we know for sure that the director of the game, Mitsuo Kodama, stayed at Psikyo afterwards since he was involved in Sol Divide. However! Following the experiment at Psikyo, Mitsuo Kodama created his own studio in Osaka, K2 (he is one of the Ks). And K2 ended up making Samurai Spirits Sen on behalf of SNK some time later. So... ? Had enough water passed under the bridge? Was the rivalry all fine and tongue in cheek from the start? Had the people with whom he had issues at SNK all left? Who knows. Capcom ended up absorbing K2 to support the Lost Planet and (mainly) Monster Hunter teams. I believe Kodama is still to this day the Boss of K2 as a subsidiary of Capcom, unless he has retired recently. Going back to Shinichi Morioka, he went on to draw the [URL=http://i.imgur.com/aMS1sdO.png]the cover art for Konami's Hybrid Heaven[/URL].
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