KOFXV’s producer says an increase in COVID-19 cases in Japan is to blame for the game’s delay
The latest installment in SNK’s long-running team-based fighting game series, The King of Fighters XV was supposed to release later this year. Unfortunately, fans of the series are going to have to wait a bit longer to sate their fighting spirits. The game’s release has been delayed until the first quarter of 2022.
In a statement released today, The King of Fighters XV‘s producer Yasuyuki Oda cited the rising number of cases of COVID-19 as the reason for the company’s decision to delay the highly anticipated title.
You can find his full message below:
“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 watchnow be launching within the 1st quarter of 2022.
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.”
Despite the release slipping to 2022, SNK has still been putting out a steady stream of character reveal trailers. Last week, the developer showcased fan-favorite fighter Blue Mary. Did you miss it? If so, we got you covered. Check out her reveal trailer here:
It goes without saying that it’s disappointing to learn that KOFXV won’t be releasing anytime soon. However, we can’ blame SNK for erring on the side of caution to keep their staff safe and deliver the experience fighting game fans deserve.