THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV
Developer SNK Publisher Deep Silver Format PS4 Origin Japan Release August 26 Generally speaking, the one-on-one fighter has chiselled deeper into its niche of late. Impenetrable complexity isn’t doing the numbers, however, so it’s no surprise to see SNK follow its peers in casting its net wider, with a simple Rush Combo mechanic designed to accommodate newcomers. Existing fans will likely be pleased that KOFXIII’s Hyper Drive system has been replaced by a refined version of previous entries’ Max Mode, though purists may balk at a shift to 3D rendering. Deep Silver is a surprising choice of publishing partner; hopefully, the game’s European marketing campaign hits the appropriate notes for a storied series.