King of Fighters 12 Bringing Hand-drawn HD Sprites to Consoles Next Year

By Chris Faylor, Nov 18, 2008 9:45am PST SNK Playmore's fighter The King of Fighters XII will arrive in North America and Europe next year, publisher Ignition announced today, though further details are scarce.

The sequel sees the long-running series ditch all of its constantly reused previous artwork. Instead, it utilizes "new 2D high definition, high resolution sprites, on detailed 2D backgrounds," all of which are hand-drawn.

"Release date, game platforms, screenshots and loads of details on new features" are all coming soon, teased Ignition. Given the game's emphasis on HD visuals, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions are expected to follow the arcade release that hits Japan next April.

To see the gorgeous sequel in motion, check out the arcade trailer below:

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  • I've been looking forward to this for a while now, as I really like the move to higher quality 2D sprites, and hope the trend continues.

    While I'm looking forward to Samurai Shodown Sen a little bit...I'd be far far happier with a new Samurai Shodown game done this way...and if this (KoFXII) does well, maybe we'll see that.

    It is a really good time for old school fighting fans. SF2HD, SF4, KoFXII, Samurai Shodown Anthology (I hope we'll get an uncensored SSVSpecial and I really hope (though I doubt) we'll get Samurai Shodown 6 with blood in it...given that the issues that had them taking it out were specific to events that occured in Japan involving a stabbing in an arcade), Samurai Shodown Sen, that new 2D game from the Guilty Gear guys, and other stuff thats not coming immediately to mind.