After passing the pre-registration period, now The King of Fighters Allstar is available in Japanese playstore.

The King of Fighters Allstar has been available in Japan since July of 2018, and today Netmarble has officially announced that the action-RPG is finally coming to the West. It will be released in North America, Europe, and Latin America sometime later this year on the Google Play Store.

Since The King of Fighters All Star has been out in Japan for the last eight months, it’s not all that difficult to track down gameplayvideos to get an idea of how the title plays. As I already mentioned, it’s mainly an action RPG, though the majority of gameplay resembles that of a side-scrolling brawler.

But what would a mobile ARPG be without gacha mechanics? It would appear that every character in the franchise will be included in this upcoming release (that’s over 50 fighters to collect and upgrade), and by battling wave after wave of enemies, giant bosses, and rival teams, you’ll earn your chance to build out the best team of fighters possible.

So far there has been no mention of how the Western release of this title will be monetized, but if the Japanese version is anything to go by, then in-app purchases that range up to $79.99 should be expected.

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It isn’t much of a surprise to hear that The King of Fighters All Star is going to finally receive a global release, though I can’t say I feel very enthused to play yet another free-to-play ARPG that contains a heavy dose of gacha mechanics.

I suppose it might be nice to collect the many characters of the franchise, especially as a long-time fan of the series, but after playing so many similar collection-based mobile titles, the joy of exploring such a game has definitely lost its luster.