Xuan Dou Zhi Wang

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Xuan Dou Zhi Wang
Xuan Dou Zhi Wang promo.jpg
Promotional picture
Developer(s)Jade Studio
Publisher(s)Tencent
Platform(s)PC
Release date(s)TBA
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single Play, Team, Versus
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Xuan Dou Zhi Wang
Xuan Dou Zhi Wang promo.jpg
Promotional picture
Developer(s)Jade Studio
Publisher(s)Tencent
Platform(s)PC
Release date(s)TBA
Genre(s)Fighting
Mode(s)Single Play, Team, Versus

Xuan Dou Zhi Wang (炫斗之王, "The King of Dazzling Fighters", tentatively translated for an international audience as "King of Combat") is an online PC fighting game published by Tencent. The game's first Beta build has been available since 2011 in China via digital download. It is considered a still in-development game and hasn't received a proper release.

Development[edit]

The game draws important influence from the King of Fighters series, both in gameplay and art design. It is generally considered the development of the game responds to the need of Chinese players to be able to play The King of Fighters (or at least something "similar") at home, since video game consoles sale is banned in China.

On April 2013, Tencent confirmed a strategic alliance with SNK Playmore, developers of the King of Fighters series, and the first step was including characters Terry Bogard and Benimaru Nikaido as guest fighters for the game:[1][2] The two characters were added playable to the game on August 2013.[3]

The game's distinctive visual style consists on sprites over 3D backgrounds. The character sprites are created via 3D models later photographed and retouched the give the appearance of traditional 2D sprites (akin to The Rumble Fish series). That also allows the designers to include alternative skins (alternate costumes) for the characters, which are included via updates.

On September 2013, an iOS version of the game was announced, however it departs from the gameplay of the PC version and plays instead as a 1-player beat 'em up game:[4]

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay is straight taken from games like The King of Fighters '97 and The King of Fighters '98. It consists of the same 4-buttons layout, including the ability to perform short and super jumps, rolls and strong attacks ("blowbacks"); throws are performed by pushing the two punch buttons together, however. A maximum of 3 Super gauge levels are attainable. Pushing light kick and heavy punch together puts the character in the MAX mode where its damage is increased and is able to perform an improved version of a supermove.

Single and team battles (3 vs 3 fighters; either six players, each one of them controlling a fighter, or two players, each one controlling three) in the King of Fighters fashion are available.

Online features[edit]

The game is downloaded and installed in the PC. But it cannot run without the computer being connected to the internet, in order to connect with the Tencent servers. Ranked single battles and the option to create rooms to sustain matches are included, as well as single player modes including a 1-player arcade mode and bonus stages of breaking barrels (similar to Street Fighter II) or play an adventure mode resembling a beat 'em up game.

There are "missions" to complete every day (for example, beating arcade mode once or sustaining 5 team battles) that grant experience points and "Point coupons", to rent or buy characters and costumes at the game store ("Shop").

Users win experience to unlock new fighters, and they can train each one of their characters to upgrade their skills, and unlock a powerful "Hidden" supermove by reaching character level 30.

Updates with new characters, costumes and game modes are added every 1 or 2 months, as well as patches with changes in balance of character moves and their properties.

Plot[edit]

In year 20XX, a meteor called The Messiah landed in Peru, carrying with it mysterious "CORE crystals", containing a microscopic form of life called "The EVA". United Nations formed a group of scientists called the CRD ("CORE Research and Development") in order to obtain and investigate the properties of the CORE. The CORE is a life form in the middle of a virus and a compound, and it can bond to living hosts. The first contact with the scientists ("First Baptism") was lethal, but after discovering the CORE is a potential unlimited source of energy, they developed a way to create Human-EVA hybrids, granting amazing powers to the subjects of the test.

In China, the powerful Fung Family (or "Maple Group") consortium decided to begin its own line of investigations, but found problems on getting their own CORE samples. That changes when a mysterious sect called "SHINE" appears and offers them an amount of CORE crystals, with unknown intentions.

Realizing only the strongest subjects can resist the bond with the CORE crystals, the Fung Family announces a worldwide fighting tournament called the XD Tournament, and lots of martial artists in representation of different organizations sign up to win the prizes.[5]

Characters[edit]

The first build of the game was launched with five characters in the initial roster. Later updates have been adding up more characters. As of October 23, the character list is the following:[6]

Guest characters[edit]


Reception[edit]

At first, the game was received with skepticism or derision from Chinese players, that considered it a shameless knock-off of The King of Fighters series. After it was reported to Western media for first time, it received similar criticism.[7] However, after the alliance with SNK Playmore, this criticism has softened.[8]

References[edit]

External links[edit]