SNK is running a King of Fighters 15 Open Beta Test through PlayStation consoles in November, where players on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 can test out the online play prior to its release in 2022.
Here's what we know about the upcoming King of Fighters 15 open beta.
November 17, 2011 - As seen on official SNK Twitter, the developers have officially confirmed that the King of Fighters 15 can now be pre-loaded on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The open beta has 8 characters on release and is around 11GB in full file size.
When Is the King of Fighters 15 Open Beta?
According to the official PlayStation blog, King of Fighters XV's open beta runs from November 19 until November 22. Players across PS4 and PS5 can play King of Fighters XV against each other, as cross-generation play has been confirmed.
SNK also previously confirmed they've implemented rollback netcode in King of Fighters 15, similar to other fighting games. That offers more stable online play, encouraging players to challenge each other more often. King of Fighters 15's Open Beta could be a way to stress test the game for online play, ensuring the netcode feel great for players.
King of Fighters 15 Open Beta Playable Characters
So far, SNK's confirmed that only eight characters will be playable:
- Kyo Kusanagi
- Chizuru Kagura
- Iori Yagami
- Yashiro Nanakase
Among these eight , players can mix and match their picks to create their 3-fighter team for challenging other players.
As for King of Fighters 15's story, the available fights in this beta are the full teams of Team Sacred Treasures and Team Orochi. Meanwhile, Shun-ei and Dolores are the sole entries for their teams.
What Can Players Do In The Open Beta?
As expected, players have limited access to King of Fighters 15's features in this open beta, but it does offer various versus modes and online options. Players can challenge others online through the Casual Match and Room Match modes. Meanwhile, the offline content is limited to Versus mode and Training mode.
Lastly, SNK is giving players a taste of the Draft VS mode. This mode lets players ban characters strategically to deny a pick from their foe. Considering the open beta only has a select few to play, we'll have to see how well this goes.
After this open beta, King of Fighters 15 releases on February 17, 2022. Players will be able to select the full initial roster of 39 characters upon release.