I don't understand the "it's 2021 not 2017". 4 years aren't a big deal, the technology didn't make such a massive leap forward that you'd be able to tell from graphics unless 2021 means you were somehow expecting next gen tech. A game with SamSho's visual tech, middle-of-the-generation tech, is completely fine, you don't need a game that is this year's absolute latest top tech (it's 2021 sure but it's only March, man).
The problem with SNK is that they've never been able to do any proper marketing to save their lives. Starting with an opener like "shatter all expectations", "The King of Fighters 15 will be a 'supreme masterpiece' for the series", then doing 2 months of weekly videos that show the exact same game that we've seen a few years ago "except now we learned to make pretty 3D", please tell whoever came up with that strategy to stop doing any marketing already. Just wait 3 months and make one video showing "hey look, we learned how to make 3D, here's a comparison with XIV for all these characters at once, see the progress we've made" instead of trying to stir up a weekly hype with videos showing in great details how you changed nothing at all.
One reveal for the Sacred Treasures (revealing new graphics, new outfits, new character, new effects, and a legendary team-up), then a couple months later a bunch of characters at once showing the graphic evolution for everyone (no need to showcase everyone's entire moveset if it's exactly the same as 14), that would be how to build the hype. The weekly trickle of showing absolutely no change, one character at a time, is just hammering that nothing changed, it's the opposite of building hype.
This is not KoF becoming "more of a joke" in the gaming community, this is just not happening. I don't know how long you've been following them but they've never been able to properly market their flagship game, ever. Did you even see how it went when they revealed 14, when the entire gaming community absolutely trashed the graphic style to hell and back ? This is not new.
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Last Edit: March 12, 2021, 01:07:32 AM