Last month Atlus announced that The King of Fighters XIII would be coming to EVO 2012. In celebration of that and the game's newest netcode patch, the publisher has announced that the game will now be available at retailers at a discounted price.
The King of Fighters XIII is the latest entry in the long-running The King of Fighters franchise. Many of the fan-favorite characters, such as Mai who was surprisingly absent in KoF XII, will be available as well as the just recently announced Billy Kane from the Fatal Fury franchise who is exclusive to the console port.
The new netcode patch includes the following additions in addition to other minor tweaks (taken from the official press release):
Ranked Match Filtering: One of the most requested additions, players may now set conditions for their opponent's connection. When a player who doesn't meet the standby conditions tries to enter the Ranked match, a warning message will be displayed and the match cancelled.
Improved Filtering: Filtering functionality in general has seen dramatic improvements. Previously, certain connection data was not filtered sufficiently and the player had a chance of connecting to opponents with poor connection quality. Now, more aggressive filtering should ensure that players are only matched with opponents who meet their filter settings.
Improved Connection Antenna: The computation behind the players' connection antenna, the meter indicating the quality of a player's connection, has been improved, resulting in a more accurate and consistent measurement.
Temporarily Saved Custom Match Settings: Players may continue searching for opponents with the same settings as long as the player remains in the PLAYER MATCH/RANKED MATCH menu.
Character-specific Bug Fixes: "NESTS-Style" Kyo and Iori with the Power of Flames no longer become unresponsive under certain circumstances.
As far as the discount, the game will now be available at select retailers for a limited time at $39.99 from it's original MSRP of $49.99. Atlus also announced that players who formally register for EVO 2012 will get an exclusive Mai-themed t-shirt (which can be seen in this headline's preview).