A few months ago it became known that the current crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, has acquired almost 100% of the shares of SNK, a company behind games like King of Fighters and Metal Slug. time has passed andFrom the developer they maintain that this purchase will not affect the development of the different titles.
Yasuyuki Oda, producer of The King of Fighters XV, referred to it (Via VGC), mentioning that: “For us, we are only focused on making games. We’re not a political company or anything like that, so It doesn’t affect us in any way.”
On the occasion, the producer was asked if they would have problems adding an LGBT character, as other games of the genre have done, such as Guilty Gear Strive, to which he pointed out that “they have no effect on our creative output. We have complete freedom in what we want to create.”
The developer goes further, explaining that “the results speak for themselves”, mentioning that “if we were in a real problem, characters like Shermie probably wouldn’t be in the game”.
Finally Oda mentioned that “one thing I would say is that our owners are generally fans of IP, and always have been, so it’s up to us what we want to do when it comes to content creation”.