The King of Fighters XIII, New Entry in Legendary Fighting Series, In Stores Now Across North America
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- NOVEMBER 22, 2011 -- ATLUS today announced that THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII, the latest entry in the legendary fighting franchise, for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (PS3™) and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, is now available at retailers across North America.

Critics agree: THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII is the HD entry in the series that fans have been waiting for! Fighting community hub Shoryuken.com calls KOF XIII "a wonderful game that any fan of 2D fighters should enjoy," praising its "varied roster, excellent pacing, and the inclusion of several 'quality of life' touches to make things easier for tournament play." Hadoken.net gives KOF XIII a 9 out of 10 and writes: "With great visuals, multitude of modes, and a very robust gameplay system and a good netcode, this new KOF will surely make its place among these generation's best fighting games." Eric L. Patterson from EGM Now asserts that KOF XIII is "the game that KOFXII not only should've been, but also needed to be," giving it an 8.5 out of 10 and closing with "[KOF XIII] is a return to the glory days of SNK fighters--and a game that makes up for the mistakes of the franchise's previous chapter." VentureBeat's review also awards KOF XIII an 8.5 out of 10, claiming the game is "one of the strongest and most relevant entries in the 15-year franchise" and adding that "not only will fans love it, but it may be the game that finally snags a few newcomers as well." 1UP.com gives KOF XIII a B, praising its "rocksolid gameplay, decent netcode and a ton of unlockables" and calling it "a phenomenal fighting game experience you won't find in many newer fighting games."

"THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII represents tremendous effort on the part of ATLUS and developer SNK PLAYMORE to deliver the finest, deepest KOF game ever," stated Tim Pivnicny, Vice Present of Marketing and Sales at ATLUS. "Building upon what was already a fantastic arcade fighter, ATLUS and SNK PLAYMORE have worked together and also with respected members of the KOF community to meticulously refine and balance the game. Moreover, a great deal of time was spent testing the game's revamped netcode, ensuring players encounter the smoothest, most stable THE KING OF FIGHTERS online experience ever. From all the attention paid to further improving the game to the terrific pre-order bonus and competitive $49.99 MSRP, we truly view this project as a love letter to fans of the series. We are so thrilled to finally be able to put this highly anticipated new entry for such an esteemed series on store shelves and into the hands of its amazing community."

ATLUS also today again confirmed that the first DLC character, Iori with the Power of Flames, would be available on 12/7 via Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation Store for 400 MS points and $4.99, respectively. The purchase includes not only the character, but his stage and background music as well.

THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII is out now in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems. For more info, visit http://www.atlus.com/kofxiii.

About THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII
With a roster featuring over 30 hand-drawn fighters, a number of detailed stages bursting with life, over a half dozen play modes, a refined fighting engine built for speed and complete with new moves and supers, a vastly improved Online mode, and a host of other additions, tweaks, and enhancements, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII represents a rebirth for one of gaming's longest tenured franchises and one of the most popular fighting brands ever.

About ATLUS
Video game publisher ATLUS has established itself as one of its industry's most consistent, celebrated companies. With proven success across a variety of genres and platforms, including enthusiast-oriented games like the Shin Megami Tensei franchise of award-winning, fan beloved roleplaying games (including the hit Persona sub-series of games and the prestigious Nocturne), the groundbreaking, genre-defying Catherine, Demon's Souls, and the upcoming official video game adaptation of Game of Thrones (early 2012), ATLUS provides quality critically acclaimed interactive entertainment to a wide spectrum of customers.

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©SNK PLAYMORE. "THE KING OF FIGHTERS" is a registered trademark of SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION. Published by ATLUS. Exclusively distributed by Index Digital Media, Inc. THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII has been rated "T" for Teen with Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, and Violence by the ESRB.
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