For all intents and purposes KOF 12/13 was a failure. Now, 12 may have failed from a gameplay stand point, but 13 has been very warmly received. However, it only got a limited release in Arcades. From a financial perspective it failed. How much did SNKP invest. like 10-15 million? Wishful thinking, how much did they recoup from 12’s release? Maybe 2 million world wide? Let’s just say in the arcades 13 has made about half a million to a million. In order for it to be successful on consoles it would need to sell about 2-3 million copies, equal to SSF4, and Blazblue could only pull in half a million to a million tops.
I hope they don’t declare bankruptcy. I like the company, but man, this was a huge failure for them. I can’t see a KOF 14 done like this.
My prediction is that (if they don’t declare bankruptcy) they’re going to go towards the hand-drawn look similar to Blazblue or something resembling Rumble Fish. First title to be given the new treatment? I’d guess KOF or Samurai Shodown.