The King Of Fighters 99- No Subtitle as of
SNK released first
official news of their Sequel to the hit series "The
King Of Fighters".
Appropriately named "The King Of
Fighters 99", the game will be released in MVS
format for the arcades, not NeoGeo 64. Thus so, the game will be
based on 2D flat sprites, and not 3D polygon.
Likewise to every year, KOF99 is scheduled for release
in the summer for the arcades. The graphics
in KOF99 is currently completed, and the development
is concentrated on the game's system as of
Official illustrations nor game images are available
as of yet.
However, KOF99's Producer Hiroyuki
Kawano has released the following information
concerning the game.
New Characters, New Storyline
While the Title of the game is "The King Of Fighters
99", Orochi storyline has concluded,
and thus the game will begin from a new beginning,
and a new storyline. The main character
is likewise new- and as of the current his/her
name cannot yet be revealed due to it being carefully connected
to the storyline.
The New Storyline will be centered on the main character
as usual, with other characters from the series' past pertaining
to it. However, the storyline will not be complex
to understand. Similar to the past series, the game itself takes place
within the "King Of Fighters" tournament,
but the new character's will have new relations and rivalry,
and the reason of the tournament will be different
from the past.
30 Characters: 7 Teams- 2
Edits / 4 Characters per team
The main character is not the only new character in KOF99.
Additional new characters will be in the game
as well. Thus so, while the popular characters
from other games will still stay in KOF99, they will be fairly reduced
compared to KOF98'.
In total, there will be 30 Default
characters playable, which consists of 7 teams
and 2 edit only characters. Different from the past KOF series,
each team will consist of 4 characters, not 3.
Likewise, the teamups will not necessarily be the same as from the past.
However, this does not mean the game will
be based on a 4-on-4 battle. The game will
still be based on a 3-on-3 battle, and the
fourth character- appropriately called a "Striker",
will be dedicated to assistance. Players can chose who to make into the
striker character in a team, and is not pre-designated.
The New Assistance System
The Assistance system in KOF 99 (aka the Striker
system), is an upgraded version
of the assistance system from the previous
KOF series. Unlike the previous KOF assistance where the awaiting members
only hit the opponent once during tight moments of the game, in KOF99 the
Striker can be called out at any moment, and
will battle together with the main character
for a designated time. This can cause the game to have moments where the
battle scene is 2-on-1, or 2-on-2
in the same screen.
The attacks of the striker is computer
automated, and may fight normally together with the player, or in
combination moves with the player. In addition, there are striker-only
moves designated in the game. The number of times the
striker can be called out is dependent on stocks,
similar to the Advanced mode's Super moves in KOF98'.
Only one Mode- Based on Advanced
Due to system complications from the Striker system,
in KOF99 the game will be based on one
system- the Advanced mode. There will be additional features to
the Advanced mode, but as of the present this is still in development.
Likewise the friendship system is still in
development, but is planned to pertain the the striker system.
CPU Battles to be Improved
Unlike KOF98, the CPU battle will be
enhanced in KOF99. While not much detail has been released as to
how this will be done, demo scenes and
differences in the fighting background depending
on the storyline, will be some of the changes.
The Madman's Cafe, always
the first to bring King Of Fighters news to the internet public, will keep
track on any movements on this year's KOF99, as usual.
(Note: this KOF99 article pertains to the Arcade
version, and is different from the DreamCast version of King Of
Fighters 99 scheduled for release on 6/24. The DreamCast version is based
on the MVS KOF98.)