A few words from Atlus regarding KOFXIII and EVO 2012

I just received this from Aram Jabbari at Atlus:

Nearly a year ago, ATLUS signed on to publish THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII in North America. We were excited to become a part of such a legendary franchise. The title’s quality was readily apparent, a fact further supported by its positive reception in Japanese arcades.

We reached out to the biggest KOF communities around the world, connecting with sites like DreamCancel, Orochinagi, SNK-Capcom, and others. With the help of their fantastic and passionate community organizers, people like Oscar Oyarzabal, Neil Cambre, Alan Francois, and Giby Zia, we were always in the right places at the right times and were able to arrange or participate in numerous events through which to promote the game. We are endlessly thankful for all of the help they offered us, for all of their advice, and for all of their passion. We had some fighting community people on our staff, but there’s no way we could have been able to reach out to the community as effectively as we did without their help.

I was at Evo 2012 this past weekend and left the hall amid chants of “K-O-F.” For anyone who was there, or who watched it online, it was an unforgettable Top 8, and one of the most exciting Grand Finals ever. The air in the ballroom was absolutely electric. For myself, witnessing the rise of THE KING OF FIGHTERS at Evo was a thrill. For the people who’ve been working hard in the KOF community for so many years, it must have been something much more. Truly, it was a moment that couldn’t have come without their dedication.

Congratulations to MadKOF and Bala; their back and forth battle was the epic stuff of legend. While there may have been a winner and a loser when all was said and done, their commitment to leaving it all on that Evo stage ultimately made all of us feel like winners, and further validates those who’ve tirelessly devoted their time and energy to the KOF series.

From all of us at ATLUS: thank you!

And in response to that, I’d like to say, on behalf of Dream Cancel and the KOF community, thank you for taking the chance on publishing KOFXIII and making this all possible!

9 comments

  • Can you tell Atlus or SNK to port KOF’02UM to psn? :(

    also, greatest kof tournament in america ever <3

  • That final was godlike. So, so glad to see KOF played on such a big stage in the States.

  • KOF top 8 was easily the hypest event at EVO this year. I was glad to be a part of it. Of course nothing would’ve topped being there, but the electricity definitely reached through the stream.

  • No more need to email Atlus to keep Chin Gentsai in the series, he won his spot, #1!

  • Ok, now fix the online play, so people can enjoy the game even more.

  • it was amazing to see KOF steal the show @ Evo – even Marvel and Street Fighter players I’ve talked to seem to be acknowledging that! Atlus, please show your thanks by fixing the netcode!

  • It would be nice if we some sort of definitive answer if we can expect more fighters in the future. Also, if SNKP could finally port the XBLA-exclusives like NGBC and the UM titles to PSN and Steam would be well appreciated.

  • 90K watching KOF. My favorite game was epic in EVO’m very happy =)
    MADKOF =)

    fix netcode KOFXIII we want to play this incredible game online
    KOF 98UM KOF2002UM on PSN please SNKP Atlus

  • We love you Atlus! You guys rock! Thanks so much!

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