King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition Releasing September 13, Now Available for Pre-Order; Features “Vastly Improved Netcode”

By on August 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm

After the trailer for King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition appeared on the gaming platform last week, many assumed it would only be a matter of time until the title was officially announced. A proper entry for the game was recently added to Steam, allowing fans to pre-order the title at a discount before its release on September 13. The page also includes a full rundown of Steam Edition’s features (which most notably mentions vastly improved netcode [sic]) and a number of screenshots, which we’ve included below.

Previous downloadable characters Iori with the Power of Flames (EX Iori), NESTS Style Kyo (EX Kyo), and Mr. Karate will also playable from the start with no further purchase necessary.


Choose a default team of 3 characters or make your own team by picking up 3 characters of your choice, and fight against teams until victory! Develop your own team strategy by choosing the best characters for you!

In this mode, you will experience a variety of background stories not touched upon in the game’s original Arcade Version. Discover the truth about KOF’s “Ash Saga” and its secrets through the eyes of the main character, Ash Crimson, and other characters who were not directly participating in the tournament. Your decisions and battle results may lead you to discovering new story elements; try out all the different options and every scene!

“THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition” now features vastly improved netcode that will provide you with the most comfortable online experience yet! The new netcode features improved communication speeds between you and your opponent, and also tailors your online experience according to your PC environment!

“THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition” features three different types of ONLINE VERSUS Matches, allowing players to challenge other rivals worldwide in endless and intense battles:

  • “Ranked Match”: fight under specified regulations, and your results will be reflected in the rankings.
  • “Player Match”: playing in this mode will not affect your results. You can fight against others casually.
  • “Friend Match”: invite online players and challenge them through this mode for heated competition!

Tackle three different kinds of missions in this mode, and improve your skills!

  • “TIME ATTACK”: Defeat all CPU opponents in the shortest time you can.
  • “SURVIVAL”: Select a character and fight your way through as many CPU opponents as you can.
  • “TRIAL”: In this mode, each character has 10 tasks, which mainly focus on combos. By the time you complete all 10 tasks, you will have mastered some combos for that character.

Rose Bernstein, hostess of the tournament, will teach you the basic techniques as well as explain the gauges and their uses. First time KOF players should start here to get used to the game.

This mode allows you to edit your online profile and change character color palette. You can create a team to use online, add icons collected while playing, or enter a preset message that you want to use in your profile. For each character, you can make up to five custom color patterns. Show off your personality on the worldwide stage!

A “GRAPHICS OPTION” feature, allowing the players to switch between different frame rates and simplify backgrounds, has been newly added.

SNK Playmore is also looking to hold a closed beta for the title, the participants of which will be chosen randomly from a pool of applicants. If you’re interested in taking part, be sure to visit their official application page. Registration will be open until August 18, winners will be notified the following day, and the closed beta will last from August 20 to August 29. Only 300 testers will be allowed entry, so good luck!

Source: Steam via Arturo Sanchez, SNK Playmore