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SNK Playmore: Successful Steam Ports Pushed the Company Back to Game Development
Back in November 2015; SNK Playmore announced the company’s return to traditional video game development from the pachislot business. However, in a recent interview with Famitsu, SNK’s chief of gaming division, Yutaka Noguchi has shared more details that led of the decision.
According to Noguchi, the success of titles like King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition allowed the company to get back to video game development. In addition to this, fans around the globe still recognize SNK as a company that delivered Samurai Showdown, Fatal Fury, and King of Fighters and not because of the pachislot business:
Even as of now, we’re better known as a game company than a pachislot company. People still talk about us – as a game company – when we say our name.
So yeah! If you supported the company by purchasing one of those King of Fighters Steam Editions, you should give yourself some credit.
Yutaka Noguchi also said that the company is currently focusing on the upcoming King of Fighter XIV for the Playstation 4, but also want to make better use of other available IPs:
They’re focusing on the PS4 since it’s selling well throughout the world. They’ll be focusing on KOF at first but want to make better use of their other IPs as well and to further raise their value. They have over 200 IPs in terms of titles. They’ve been out of the gaming scene for a while so they’re basically starting off from scratch together with returning dev members.