While The King of Fighters series is SNK’s main crossover fighting game series, it also has another series that brings even more franchises together — NEO GEO Battle Coliseum. Released in 2005, NGBC brought together numerous characters from various NEO GEO games — some that wouldn’t necessarily fit within The King of Fighters series — in a tag team fighting game.
Now, if rumors are correct, SNK may be set to revisit NEO GEO Battle Coliseum. In story by KoF World — based on a rumor first posted on our own forums — it has been reported that SNK’s next fighting game project is NEO GEO Battle Coliseum 2. The details are based on a series of photos shared online, which provide some details on the game.
If the rumors are correct, then NEO GEO Battle Coliseum 2 will use cel-shading, similar to Arc System Works’ recent efforts. Certain characters, such as Geese Howard, Nakoruru, and Iori will supposedly have activation supers that will transform them into their alternate incarnations (Nightmare Geese, Rera, and Riot of Blood Iori respectively). Meanwhile, certain other characters such as Ralph, Clark, and Athena will appear wearing costumes based on their original games, instead of their modern KoF designs.
Of course, this is all just a rumor at this point. With the little that has been shown, there’s still some doubt on whether this is a legitimate leak, or just a hoax by an overzealous fan. Stay locked on to Shoryuken for more on this story as it develops.