In September, SNK and Manga Productions held a contest in the Middle-East asking for a character and a stage for SNK’s latest King of Fighters title, the surprisingly successful King of Fighters XIV. A winner has been declared and their character is being added into the game as soon as development finishes.
The winning character artist Mashael Al-Barrak of Saudi Arabia was chosen by a panel of judges of SNK staff, including character designer Eisuke Ogura, and Manga Productions staff. The character Al-Barrak designed is named Najd, pictured above, hails from Saudia Arabia herself. Other than her design, no details are known about the character, like how she will play or what backstory she is being given..
Zainab Al-Lawaty was chosen as the winner for the stage contest with his interpretation of Masmak Fort, a historical landmark in Riyadh.
SNK has not given a timeline yet for when the character will be available, but the company did reaffirm support for King of Fighters XIV into next year. SNK also recently announced that they have become profitable again after pivoting back to video games.
King of Fighters XIV is available for PlayStation 4 and PC.