SNKPlaymore hasn't historically been known to be supportive of community-based events in Japan, but that may be slowly changing. At the Last Blade 2 & Garou:MOV tourament Seika Kyouen held yesterday in Akihabara Tokyo, Producer Yasuyuki Oda made a surprise visit from SNKP's Osaka headquarters and took the stage to talk about a number of things including his stance on Garou:MOW, which was one of his major projects as a former staff at SNK's FF/AOF R&D division.
"It's been like 16 years since the game came out. It's so impressive to see all these techniques that've accumulated during the years on one hand, and on the other hand I'm scratching my head over why we forgot to take out Jenet's thrust (laughs). So there's been some stuff happening, and right now we're making a new KOF (laughs & applause). So if we can have a bit of your time, here's our latest trailer."
~~Trailer #8 gets displayed on screen~~
"Thanks very much, and yeah don't ask about the Dinosaur (audience laughter). We'll have a playable event at Tokyo on April 26th. I think it's going to be the first time the game will be playable in Japan so I hope people will come check it out.
I think people here are thinking 'Hey what are you doing, aren't you forgetting about Garou?' I'm going to do something about it before I die (laughs), so please keep on supporting us."
"And don't forget Last Blade too. We're going to be releasing details on Last Blade 2 on the PS4 and Vita soon, so please look forward."