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FYI: KOFXII In Summer, FFXIII Screens, PSP2 Rumors

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King of Fighters XII Debuting Worldwide in Summer 2009

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It may only show the PlayStation 3 logo at the end, however Shane Bettenhausen (Former 1UP/EGM editor) of Ignition Entertainment clarified a few things via the following press release:

Ignition Entertainment and SNK Playmore Proudly Announce First-Ever Next Generation King of Fighters Game: THE KING OF FIGHTERS XII

Newly Hand-Drawn in High Resolution,The Fight is on in July 2009 on PLAYSTATION®3 System and Xbox 360® Video Game and Entertainment System from Microsoft

Glendale, CA – March 3, 2009 – Ignition Entertainment Ltd., a UTV Enterprise, a worldwide publisher and developer of videogames and SNK Playmore announced today that The King of Fighters XII is releasing worldwide in July 2009 on Xbox 360® and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

The legendary 3-on-3 fighting game series that united rival brawlers from SNK Playmore’s classic arcade franchises celebrates its 15th Anniversary in style with the release of The King of Fighters XII. For the first time in its history, this epic martial arts showdown has undergone a complete graphical overhaul. The antiquated character sprites used over the past 14 years have been dropped in favor of all-new, high-resolution fighters fluidly animating across painstakingly detailed, 100% hand-drawn backgrounds.

“Our development slogan for KOFXII is “KOF Re-Birth” and we’ve aimed to create an entirely new King of Fighters game. To make this a truly unique fighting game, we’ve revolutionized the graphics by creating state of the art visuals – and made no compromises in that process whatsoever,” said Masaaki Kukino, SNK Playmore.

“I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to commemorate The King of Fighter’s 15-Year Anniversary than with a gorgeously animated, high-definition installment that updates the KOF legacy for a new generation.” said Shane Bettenhausen, New Business Development Director of Ignition Entertainment. “While other fighting games have abandoned the time-consuming process of creating beautiful 2D art, KOFXII fully embraces the refined aesthetic beauty that only human hands can produce.”

For a sneak peek at The King of Fighters XII, check out The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match– for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system packed with footage and content of The King of Fighters XII in every game – in stores today!

Stay tuned to Ignition Entertainment for more information, including screenshots, trailers, and loads of details on new game play features!


Final Fantasy XIII Screenshots

The latest Final Fantasy XIII screenshots were released today courteousy of Famitsu. Is it ever pretty! Those of you who’re anxiously awaiting the PlayStation 3 demo release with Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Blu-ray bundle will be pleased to know that Square Enix have squeezed in an additional animated episode called “Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile – Episode: Denzel”. It’s one hell of a package for the Final Fantasy die-hard.

SFIV Training Manual

Apparently us mere mortals weren’t worthy of holding physical copies of Street Fighter IV’s press manual. However, we are permitted to download the entire PDF worth of content.


Xbox 360 Was Capcom’s Gateway To The West

It turns out that Capcom placed their hopes and dreams for western market penetration into the Xbox 360. And you know what? I say they’ve gambled wisely. Dead Rising and Lost Planet sold very well during the Xbox 360’s early years and have become household names here in North America. Honestly, what better to attract Western gamers than to develop on a western platform?



PSP Hardware Successor Amount

Let me bring you up to speed on these PSP2 rumors:

  1. Dave Perry Twitters about PSP successor and elaborates a bit with Kotaku.
  2. Eurogamer elaborates with their own source.
  3. Dave Perry asserts the possibility of new PSP hardware successor with additional sources

So who is Dave Perry? He’s best known for his Earthworm Jim work and current head of Acclaim Games which leads credence to these rumors. Whether we’re talking about another PSP hardware revision or a bonafide sequel remains to be determined, but I’m sure it’s safe to assume that there will be some new portable handheld gaming device with the “PlayStation Portable” name coming.

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