A Classic 'King of Fighters' Game Was Silently Released On PlayStation 4

SNK dropping a golden title out of nowhere.

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SNK have announced that The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition is now available for PlayStation 4 alongside the upcoming Team DLC for The King of Fighters XV. This upgraded re-release of the iconic combat game has a number of new features and modern refinements that will appeal to both title veterans and potential newcomers.

Players can expect a new "Ultimate Mode" system and game balance changes, however, details are scarce for now. There will also be a Challenge Mode and a Practice Mode, with the latter offering the intended functionality.

The most crucial feature in fighting games nowadays is rollback netcode and The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition features exactly this. This feature has become standard for most combat games in this day and age, as it makes online matches more fluid and responsive for all players involved.

Online lobbies for up to nine players may also be created, with a Spectator Mode included. Furthermore, matches now include replays, enabling users to relive memorable fights and moments, and matchmaking is made more customisable.

This version of the classic game was first released in 2014 for PC via Steam. It never made it to the Sony console until today. This version is titled as the "ultimate" and "final version of The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match”, a 2004 PS2 remake of The King of Fighters '98, which launched in 1998 in arcades before making its way to home systems such as the Neo Geo and PlayStation 1.


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King of Fighters '98

Developer:SNK
Publisher:SNK
Release Date:Sept. 30, 1998
Platforms: Arcade, Wii, iPhone, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4