Mobile developer Netmarble announced today that The King of Fighters: All Star will launch in North America, Latin America, and Europe sometime this year, reported Gematsu. The game launched in July 2018 and November 2018 in Japan and Korea, respectively.
Based on SNK’s long-running The King of Fighters series, All Star is a free-to-play action RPG that takes the form of a side-scrolling brawler. You battle waves of enemies, bosses, and rival teams as you complete levels and tournaments with your own team of three fighters, three strikers, and support fighters.
Living up to its name, All Star features every character from The King of Fighters series up to The King of Fighters XIV. All Star also features six crossover characters from the Gintama manga and four original characters, though the latter four characters are unplayable.
Netmarble didn’t talk about monetization in its announcement, but the Japanese version features in-app purchases that range from $0.99 to $79.99 per item.
Overall, All Star is a stark departure from The King of Fighters that might not sit well with fans. The series is known for its tournament-style fighting that’s akin to Dragon Ball FighterZ and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom. All Star takes the brawler approach, but you can still swap between characters.