Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in Japan.
SNK has delayed King of Fighters 15 to the first quarter of 2022, it’s announced. The fighting game was due out at some point this year.
In a message to fans, producer Yasuyuki Oda said the ongoing struggle with coronavirus in Japan had set development back.
“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,” Oda said.
“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 15 as we draw closer to its release.”
SNK has yet to announce release platforms for King of Fighters 15, but has confirmed a raft of characters, including Shun’ei, Mai, Kyo, Leona, K’, Blue Mary and Benimaru.