Last year when SNK Playmore was acquired by Ledo Millenium, CEO Zheng Jianhui named the developer’s vast amount of intellectual properties and their tie-in possibilities as the main reason behind the buyout, citing the possibility of following Marvel’s lead and expand the SNK properties to Comics, Movies, TV and animation.
News was release earlier this week thanks to Chinese website Tencent Games which reported that 37 Games is currently working on an Anime version of SNK’s King of Fighter series which is set to premiere some time in the first financial quarter of the year (sometime between April and June.) It was also mentioned that a Live-Action adaptation is also in the works, however no planned schedule has been announced for it as of yet.
Currently, both adaptations are aimed for Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian markets, however there are also plans for a North American release in the future.
The King of Fighters series has seen it’s fair shares of adaptations. Back in 2005 the franchise inspired a 4 episode OVA called King of Fighters: Another Day, made by Production I.G. which served as a prelude to King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2, the series second 3D brawler. The series also inspired a lackluster live action movie starring Maggie Q (Divergent series, Priest), Sean Farris (Never Back Down, Pretty Little Liars) and Ray Park (GI Joe, Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.)
The next instalment of the King of Fighters video game series is set to launch exclusively for PS4 sometime this year.