Tencent, a Chinese online games company, recently announced a new fighting game, Xuan Dou Zhi Wang (I’m told it literally translates as “Showoff Big Dipper King”), that could charitably be described as “heavily influenced” by the King of Fighters series. Tataki has uploaded footage from a recent Chinese gaming event showing the game being demoed by talented players, whom this news story reveals to be Dakou and Xiaohai, generally agreed to be China’s (and hence arguably the world’s) top two KOF players. Given the dubious legal territory the game occupies, it seems doubtful that it will ever see the light of day outside of China (although it’s not like more “respectable” games companies are above this kind of thing – compare Street Fighter’s Yun and Yang to Fighter’s History Dynamite’s Lee). What do you think? Does it have something unique to offer, or is it just another uninspired Chinese knockoff?
[Thanks to Zerp for translation.]