The employment section of SNK Playmore’s website was recently updated with some interesting job listings that may hint at the direction their future projects will take. According to MMCafe’s chazumaru, they’ve put out a call for game designers, CG artists, and programmers for new 3D installments of King of Fighters and Samurai Spirits (known as Samurai Shodown outside of Japan), two of the company’s most well-known fighting series.
Some of you may remember that both franchises have made the leap to 3D graphics before with KOF: Maximum Impact (and its eventual sequel) and Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage, though neither were able to live up to the legacy of their 2D brethren.
The listing was accompanied by an image of a very upset individual who has yet to be identified with any certainty. Check it out below and let us know what you think.
At this point, very few specific details are known, but they are asking for experience with current generation consoles. The large call probably means that very little work has been done on these titles so far, so it may be some time before they release any official information for fans.
Some have also pointed out that this doesn’t necessarily mean they are working on full-fledged 3D fighters, as recent King of Fighters titles have used 3D models as bases for their 2D sprite artwork and nothing about their genre is specifically mentioned.
In any case, this bit of news should definitely give folks something to discuss while waiting for new installments of their favorite SNK fighters. Feel free to visit the comments and offer your opinion on what these developments may mean.