Learn More About The Elite Team Ikari Warriors In The King of Fighters XIV

By Shawn Collier on August 8, 2016, 8:54PM EDT

SNK & Atlus's upcoming The King of Fighters XIV is set for release later this month in North America. And there's still some more characters to showcase, with the newest batch being Team Ikari Warriors.

This entry of the long-running The King of Fighters series includes 50 fighters, rendered in full 3D graphics that keeps the essence of the series's style but updates it using the new 3D aspect. The developers put a lot of effort into play testing and balancing, as well as streamlining the controls and overhauling mechanics such as Combo and Max Mode to make the game the most competitive in SNK's history. The developers also put a lot of effort into improving the netcode in this entry, utilizing the PS4's online architecture.

As far as the timeline goes, this game takes place several years following the previous KOF tournament. Now a worldwide business, the global KOF will decide who is the strongest as both individuals and companies with their own ambitions have come to compete. Players compete against CPU-controlled opponents to unlock the storyline.

Leading the group is Colonel Ralf Jones, nicknamed the One Man Army. He's a bit hotheaded, but is still an exceptional leader who utilizes a dangerous mercenary combat style that focuses on deadly strikes. His brother in arms, Lieutenant Clark Still, also utilizes the same combat style but likes to wrestle his opponents and slam them. That said, he's more calmer and level-headed than Ralf.

Finally, we have the cold and professional Leona Heidern. She's the adopted daughter of Commander Heidern who uses a hybrid fighting style that combines martial arts with Heidern style assassination techniques. She might just be a soldier, but she has the powerful blood of Orochi running through her veins and must keep her emotions in check to prevent bad things from happening. She still is loyal to her friends and will fight to protect them, though.

When the game is released on August 23 for $59.99/CA$79.99 at retail and digitally, it will be released in a special pre-order/Day One edition while supplies last as a bonus for fans of the series. The game disc will come in a collectible SteelBook that's emblazoned with the series' fiery mainstay, Kyo Kusanagi. In addition, for the first week following launch the "Classic Kyo" DLC will be released free of charge for download via PlayStation Network. And if you're really looking to get your KoF on, you can pick up the special premium "Burn to Fight" edition which we've detailed prior here.

If you want to get a leg up on the competition, why not download the free demo available now on the PlayStation Store. Practice locally with seven characters (Kyo Kusanagi, Mai Shiranui, Iori Yagami, Sylvie Paula Paula, King of Dinosaurs, Shun'ei, and Nelson) before the game's release in North America on August 23.

And for European fans, it's now announced that Deep Silver will be publishing the game over in that territory, complete with the same SteelBook pre-order/limited launch copy bonus edition the North American version is receiving.

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