The second, more surprising announcement from ATLUS USA is their acquisition of The King of Fighters XIII. I actually have played a King of Fighters game before, and it would most probably be the fighting game I have been most successful in mastering….. as in I could actually win a battle without struggling too much. Anyway, this game is due out in America during this years holiday season, and is available on both the Playstation 3 and XBox360 gaming consoles. Amazon.com currently has the game up for 49.99 USD.
Update: ATLUS has just released a press release and screenshots which can be seen by reading on, however they also included a small About statement, which is as follows:
About THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII
With a roster featuring over 30 hand-drawn fighters, a number of detailed stages bursting with life, over a half dozen play modes, a refined fighting engine built for speed and complete with new moves and supers, a vastly improved Online mode, and a host of other additions, tweaks, and enhancements, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII represents a rebirth for one of gaming’s longest tenured franchises and one of the most popular fighting brands ever.
For the official website, visit: http://atlus.com/kofxiii/ and for the ATLUS Faithful email, either check your email if you are a member or read on for it.
1. The original ATLUS Faithful E-mail, which was the initial public notification of them picking up the title.
2. Gallery of 6 ingame screenshots.
3. Press Release
This is the official press release ATLUS sent out on the 7th June 2011
THE RETURN OF THE KING: ATLUS TO PUBLISH THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII IN NORTH AMERICA
The legendary series returns to form.
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA — JUNE 7, 2011 — ATLUS today announced that it has secured North American publishing rights for THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII, the latest entry in the legendary fighting franchise, for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (PS3™) and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
With the triumphant return of fan favorite characters like Mai, K’, and Vice, extensive refinement of the core fighting engine based on community feedback, and vastly improved network functionality, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII represents the HD entry in the series that fans have been waiting for. Painstaking effort has been made to address every last concern following the last entry: fights play faster; the addition of over a half dozen play modes offers variety and replayability; the game’s beautifully rendered and animated character sprites are better distinguished from the backgrounds–which happen to be richer and more detailed; the camera perspective is less restricted; fighters have more moves, including new supers and the all-new NEOMAX supers; and much, much more!..“We are excited to work with ATLUS to bring THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII to North America,” stated Ryo Mizufune, President of SNK PLAYMORE. “Fans have waited patiently for an HD iteration in the series that could live up to the proud tradition of classics like KOF ’98. We viewKOF XIII as an opportunity to deliver a high definition KOF game that meets and exceeds fan expectations. We have worked very hard to listen to all of their concerns and suggestions, to incorporate all of their feedback and ideas, and we hope that XIII becomes one of their favorite games in the series.”..THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII is scheduled to release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems during the 2011 Holiday Season. For more info, visit http://www.atlus.com/kofxiii.