#SNK posts new ad for #KOF : What does it mean? July 2015 (updated)
And the rumours start flying, so let’s get some things straight.
- Costume Developer?
This rumour was started by somebody misreading “consumer” or an auto correct and then other people reading it and reposting it.
If that was true it would indicate that modelling is done and now they are focusing on making DLC costumes. Unfortunately this is far from the case, at least, officially.
The ad states they are looking for a Consumer Game Planner.
- A Game Planner is often responsible for the design of the game, setting requirements, evaluating and even helping on modelling. They can decide how the system works in terms of consumers and business, deciding things like DLC strategy. They are often not particularly specialised in something but contribute with ideas.
- The other ads are still open: such as calls for CG designers, so the previous rumour of KOF14 being released in 2016 seems strange, but of course we can hope.
- A new KOF: As confirmed by Professor, the ad clearly states that the job is “consumer game planning for “KOF” fighting game .” There is no other way to interpret that, there is a new KOF in development. However that could mean a scrolling beat em up, some other sort of fighting game involving the KOF IP.
- It’s definitely not another Pachinko title, and it’s not a smartphone game as there is a separate ad.
- (update 30July) In fact, Consumer Game Planner means CONSOLE Game Planner. So whatever it is, it’s likely to be on PS4 and XBox One plus PS3 and Xbox 360, according to the requirements for the technical designer ad.
- According to Professor, the ad says “The company is looking for experienced staff who’s had past projects in consumer game planning and they’re giving priority to developers that’ve made fighting games, data for action games, and know how to make UI specs.”
- This seems pretty clear that SNK is working on KOFXIV. But until there is an official announcement, likely to be in Famitsu first, we cannot confirm anything.
- Tokyo Game Show is in September but this seems too close, since a game planner would have had to have planned attendance months ago. Unless, the game planner is an additional planner.
- Update 30 July: if you are cynical about business practices, it could be assumed that SNK are using this ad to lure a planner from another game company or one that has worked on fighting titles before, plus the ad may be a formality when in fact they already have someone lined up for the job or at least in mind already.
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