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Interview: Selecting and Getting ready KOF XV Characters

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Mar 24, 2022


With KOF XV, SNK put collectively an entry with an enormous roster of characters. Some folks returned from the lifeless. We’re seeing fighters we would not have anticipated to see once more. There’s rather a lot happening. To be taught extra in regards to the roster selections and making ready the solid, Siliconera spoke with Artistic Director Eisuke Ogura about placing this entry collectively.

Jenni Lada: How did you establish which characters would and wouldn’t return for the KOF XV roster? 


Eisuke Ogura: We first selected having all of the heroes (and their rivals) from every saga be part of the combat, together with their place within the story. For different characters, we sat down and thought of who we might use to replenish different groups.

B Jenet

Some characters like Garou: Mark of the Wolf members Rock Howard and B. Jenet, ended up as DLC. How did you establish who would present up as paid add-ons, fairly than be a part of the principle KOF XV roster?

Ogura: To start with levels of growth, we really had plans to promote Staff Orochi and Staff Ash as DLC groups, however after we thought of it, it simply didn’t appear proper, so we added them to the preliminary roster. However I imply, if you happen to’re making a workforce for DLC, it needs to be one thing good, proper? So, there we determined that Staff Garou could be DLC.

Up to now, Terry and Leona are the 2 KOF XV characters with customized costumes. What went into making them? Can we count on them for extra characters?

Ogura: Like with KOF XIV, we had basic costumes for Kyo and Iori. Now for KOF XV, we wish to do the identical, however it’s troublesome to decide on who will get the costumes. For Terry, his costume really price us fairly a little bit of growth hours on account we needed to utterly re-do the animations the place he touches his hair. However I believe it was value it since so many individuals appear to be happy with it. Leona can also be actually fashionable, so I believe folks additionally like her new costume, too. I can’t speak in regards to the future an excessive amount of, however I hope we are able to proceed to supply costumes in some kind transferring ahead.

Interview: Picking and Preparing KOF XV Characters Roster

Dolores and Isla are each new to the KOF collection. What led to their growth? How a lot did Shun’ei affect Isla? 

Ogura: We wished to present some growth time to fashionable characters returning to KOF, so we diminished the quantity of newcomers this time. Isla acts like a rival to Shun’ei, and you may see it clearly in her design. She’s very trendy, and her gasoline masks contrasts in opposition to Shun’ei’s headphones. Plus, she additionally has comparable “phantom hand” powers. Dolores performs a pivotal function within the story as somebody who gives exposition. So as to give her an even bigger function within the story, we gave her a connection to a personality named Kukri.

Krohnen brought on fairly a stir upon his reveal. What led to his return? How was he picked?

Ogura: I’ve had this thought in my head for a few years now that if I had been to make my very own KOF, I’d discover a solution to get him in. Lastly, for KOF XV, I used to be allowed management over the roster, so I used to be in a position to push my thought ahead.

Interview: Picking and Preparing KOF XV Characters Roster

When designing Krohnen’s look, what kinds of design selections guided his look for this entry?

Ogura: My first aim was to verify it wasn’t obvious that it was him at first look. Although, I don’t assume I did an excellent job right here, haha. I wished a throwback to his authentic design, and so I stored his glove however made positive that it’s closely worn down and in want of restore within the story. (Okay’ and Kula’s gloves had been renewed in KOF XIV.) There’s additionally the colour scheme that I really feel compliments him, and likewise, we determined to present him a motorcycle as a result of that additionally felt like a pleasant match.

When creating KOF XV groups, how did you establish which characters would work collectively? Is there any workforce you wished to make, however couldn’t get collectively or didn’t work? Had been any of the prevailing groups virtually very totally different?

Ogura: There have been a pair characters that I wished so as to add however couldn’t. First, I wished to verify the roster, and by extension workforce leaders, we had on the finish gave off an actual SNK all-star solid. So, I needed to actually take into consideration the composition for every workforce. The define for the groups within the roster had been selected on the very starting, and so due to constraints, there have been characters that couldn’t make the minimize. It’s a bummer.

SNK King of the Monsters

KOF XV is mainly turning into an “everyone’s right here” type of game. Are there any SNK franchises with characters you’d wish to carry into KOF XV? Who could be in your dream crossover workforce?

Ogura: Characters from Mutation Nation or Robotic Military, or heck even the creatures and robots from King of the Monsters would have been enjoyable to create in KOF XV. However there are a ton of different fashionable characters and titles they’d should deal with, so I don’t assume it’d be seemingly, heh.

The King of Fighters XV is on the market for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Collection X, and PC.

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