King of Fighters XIII Closed Beta Coming to Steam – Get Access Now!

The newest entry in legendary 2D fighting franchise King of Fighters is coming to Steam. King of Fighters XIII: Steam Edition will be releasing on September 13th, but it’s closed Beta testing phase will begin on August 20th and they’re taking applications! Filling out a brief form will put you in the running to be one of the first people to play the new King of Fighters on Steam.

King of Fighters is the long running 2D fighter from SNK Playmore. It debuted on the Neo Geo way back in 1994 and featured characters from SNK’s Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting games. Since then, the series has had regular releases, adding more characters  and gameplay elements.

The Steam page provides all the details of the Beta, the game and the system requirements you’ll need to get in on the action!

The Closed Beta Test
SNK PLAYMORE is proud to announce the official launch of its participant recruitment campaign for the Closed Beta Test of “THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition” from today (August 9th, 2013).

Application Request Period
2013/8/9 ~ 2013/8/18

Number of Participants
300 people
* Participants to this Closed Beta Test (“CBT”) will be selected from a lottery drawing if the number of applicants exceed 300 people.

Will be notified by mail from 2013/8/19.

CBT implementation period
2013/8/20 ~ 2013/8/29

How to apply
Please access from the URL listed below, and fill in the required information:

We are looking forward to your participation!

About the Game
“THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII”, SNK PLAYMORE’s flagship 2D versus fighting title returns in an ultimate version on Steam!!
The many features exclusive to the console version of the game, such as the ONLINE Mode that allows you to enjoy smooth online versus matches with rivals from around the world, the Tutorial Mode which can be enjoyed by KOF novice players, and the Story Mode which features several exclusive episodes in a Visual Novel format, have been improved are still available in “THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition”!
In addition, “Iori with the Power of Flames”, “NESTS Style Kyo”, and “Mr. Karate” DLC characters are now playable from the start, for a total roster of 36 characters!
The time has come to face rivals worldwide!
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.
System Requirements
OS: Windows XP
Processor: Intel Pentium4 2.0 GHz and up
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 9500 GT ,VRAM: 256MB and up
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectSound, DirectX9.0c Compatible Audio
OS: Windows7
Processor: Intel Core i5 2300 and up
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTS 250 ,VRAM: 512MB and up
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectSound, DirectX9.0c Compatible Audio

[Via: Steam]

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