In a stark reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is still impacting other parts of the world, SNK has delayed King of Fighters XV until Q1 2022.

The rise of COVID-19 in Japan is the main reason behind this delay because at the end of day, the developers’ health and well being is what matters the most.

Here’s the official statement from KOF XV producer, Yasuyuki Oda:

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 Q1 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.

With Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown and Guilty Gear -Strive- releasing this month, there will be plenty of games for your fightin’ fingers to enjoy until KOF XV hits next year.

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