1UP writes: "After many years of fan complaints that King of Fighters was being visually outpaced by high-resolution 2D fighters like the Guilty Gear series, SNK Playmore decided to enter the high-res game itself. That was a few years ago, and now we're finally starting to see the results in early versions of The King of Fighters XII. Want proof? Check out the new super high-res screens we just posted on our screenshots page. The game also introduces a few new gameplay systems, has a heavy focus on counterattacks, restricts players from tagging in team members mid-match, and has a scheduled Japanese arcade ship date of April 2009."