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Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves confirmed roster, release date details

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Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves is coming, and release date details and part of its roster of characters have been confirmed.

The latest release in the Fatal Fury franchise, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, came out in 1999 and the development of a sequel has been stop-start as SNK has undergone numerous strategic and ownership changes. In 2005, an illustrator for the unnamed Fatal Fury sequel claimed the project was more than 70% complete. Unfortunately for fans, it wouldn’t be until 2016 when significant news about the potential sequel dropped, but at that point, the game was as good as canceled for fans.

Things turned to radio silence once more until finally, during EVO 2023, SNK announced a revival of the long-dormant franchise after a 26-year hiatus. Now fans are finally starting to get a proper look at Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves’ characters and gameplay, and also got a side helping of release date info.

Who are the new and returning characters for Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves?

Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves includes returning characters such as Rock Howard, Terry Bogard, Hotaru Futaba, and Griffon Mask. Additionally, a Muay Thai fighter named Preecha is the first new character to be confirmed.

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The first trailer for the game showcased gameplay for the first time. The fast-paced nature of the old-school Garou games remains, alongside tons of flashy effects. Unfortunately for many, the game will pivot from Garou’s striking 2D visuals to a stylized 3D look. Fans still praised the game’s 3D animation as a vast improvement from SNK’s previous outings, particularly The King of Fighters 15. 

The returning characters retain many of their iconic moves alongside some exciting new mechanics. Meanwhile, new character Preecha seems to be a replacement for Fatal Fury’s standing Muay Thai master, Joe Higashi, given her whirlwind summoning ability.

Here are the confirmed characters on the Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves roster-

  • Rock Howard
  • Terry Bogard
  • Hotaru Futaba
  • Griffon Mask
  • Preecha

Release date details for Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves

Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves will launch in “early 2025,” but no exact date has been given yet.

The first gameplay and character reveal trailer confirmed that Fatal Fury will return to modern consoles next year. Street Fighter 6, Mortal Kombat 1, and Tekken 8 brought renewed interest in the fighting game genre, combining familiar brands and characters with long-absent accessibility features for new players. With Sega reportedly working on Virtua Fighter 6,  there is no better time for a revival of Fatal Fury than now.

The new art direction and return to consoles paint a pretty picture of Fatal Fury’s future. Lastly, Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves will be the first SNK game to feature an English dub since The King of Fighters 12. With all those features in mind, SNK clearly wants to get the revival of Fatal Fury just right.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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