The King of Fighters XV has been delayed from 2021 to Q1 2022 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the game’s development timeline.
SNK shared the news in a press release, and The King of Fighters XV’s producer Yasuyuki Oda explained the team’s difficult decision to delay the upcoming fighting game.
“There are many fans who are anticipating the release of KOF XV in 2021, however at this point in time, we unfortunately have to announce that KOF XV will now be launching within the 1st quarter of 2022,” Oda said. “The development timeline we set out to reach in the beginning has been affected by the ever-still rising cases of COVID-19 within Japan.
“We have made the ultimate decision in the end that the product’s quality must come first, and so with that decision comes an altered release window. We sincerely ask for your kind patience and understanding as our development teams continue to work hard on KOF XV as we draw closer to its release.”
The King of Fighters XV was announced during EVO 2019 and we got our first look at gameplay earlier this year alongside six fighters that will be part of the game, including K’, Kyo Kusanagi, Leona, Benimaru, Shun’ei and Mai Shiranui
While fans may have to wait a bit to play The King of Fighters XV, they can always try a few matches as Terry Bogard in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
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