New character design by Saudi woman chosen by SNK to be featured in upcoming game

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by Choppasmith, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. Choppasmith

    Choppasmith Member Original Poster

    #1
    Pardon me if this messy. I'm on my phone. I couldn't find a thread.

    SNK apparently held a character design contest and they picked the design from a woman in Saudi Arabia.



    Short video of KOF Producer talking about the character



    It didn't mention where this design will be used. I assume it's for KOF XV.

    Edit: More info

     
  2. Sir Guts

    Sir Guts Member

    #2
    Yup, that was yesterday and we're proud of her here :D
     
  3. #3
    that design kicks ass
    certainly better than other fighting game companies have been producing this gen
     
  4. Maxey

    Maxey Member

    #4
    I like it.

    Hopefully they don't botch the in game model.
     
  5. FiXalaS

    FiXalaS Member

    #5
    I like the design a lot
     
  6. #6
    Thar's pretty damn cool.
     
  7. Drizzy Finks

    Drizzy Finks Member

    #7
    That is awesome. Nice character design as well.
     
  8. gcwy

    gcwy Member

    #8
    Looks really good.
     
  9. Sesha

    Sesha Member

    #9
    That is cool. I wish more companies would do this.

    What do you mean? What's wrong with Rashid and Shaheen?
     
  10. psychowave

    psychowave Member

    #10
    Looks badass!
     
  11. Razmos

    Razmos Member

    #11
    That's a great design
     
  12. TheEnd

    TheEnd Member

    #12
    This is coming from an Arab, but I don't think that an abayah wearing female Arab characters is a good thing. On one hand I'm glad that they went with a female Arab instead of going with a male one, since Tekken 7 and SFV already did that, yet the fact that she's completely covered is super disappointing, even if she's getting alt costumes, this will always be her default and the look that'll stick with people's heads, so I guess SF EX's Pullum and SFV's Menat remain the best designed Arab female rep right now.


    Now it's NRS turn with Mortal Kombat.
     
  13. FiXalaS

    FiXalaS Member

    #13
    Its a reason why I love the design, feels very unique and not many designs are similar to this.

    plus isn't this the first female arab in a fighting game?
     
  14. DJwest

    DJwest Member

    #14
    Hopefully SNK forgets about the XIV experiment and goes back to 2D for XV
     
  15. Kolx

    Kolx Member

    #15
    The design looks very cool. More developers should take input from fans.
     
  16. ChillSpencer

    ChillSpencer Banned Member

    #16
    I like the design but I hope they go back to 2D art vs the recent 3D title :-(
     
  17. TheEnd

    TheEnd Member

    #17
    No, I already mentioned a Saudi one from EX, Tekken and SF also have Egyptian ones.
     
  18. Golnei

    Golnei Member

    #18
    That's not something that should be adopted as a general rule or anything (professionals are in these positions for a reason) but it can be good to open things up occasionally - DOA's annual fan costume creation competitions are a reasonable example.

    On-topic, the design looks interesting; I'm looking forward to seeing how they translate some of it into 3D - the flying fabric, tattered cloth and sentient scarf apparition seem like they'd be much more suited for Skullgirls-style traditional 2D.
    Also, have they released this artist's name?
     
  19. Hx]

    Hx] Member

    #19
    Having arabian woman as a fighter is ummazing
     
  20. FiXalaS

    FiXalaS Member

    #20
    I believe this is her
    https://twitter.com/BMashael
     
  21. Jedah

    Jedah Member

    #21
    Menat, Street Fighter V.
     
  22. Consensual

    Consensual Member

    #22
    Yeah, what the world of fighting games really needs is another scantily clad character...

    This is a fantastic look, and I'm always happy to see more Arab or South Asian characters in videogames, especially as it's such a rarity compared to the representation other minorities get. The fact that she's in an abayah and a hijab just makes it even better.
     
  23. Choppasmith

    Choppasmith Member Original Poster

    #23
  24. Vex

    Vex Member

    #24
    She looks a bit pale.

    No.

    I said
    I did not say "she looks pale, therefore she does not look Saudi/Arab."
     
  25. Solid Sora

    Solid Sora Member

    #25
    Menat and Pullum's clothes has nothing in common with modern Arabs, though. I know why would you have reservations against abayah but it's what most Arab women wearing rn. It's also implemented in a very cool way in the design with the abayah being a man-eating monster. XD
     
  26. Queen Kong

    Queen Kong Member

    #26
    Not digging the heels but this is awesome.
     
  27. Golnei

    Golnei Member

    #27
    Thanks - in hindsight, the OP's image watermarks are really obvious...

    The face kind of looks like a Bratz doll in her style, but I'd imagine that it'll look better ingame; and the rest of the design is fine.
     
  28. FiXalaS

    FiXalaS Member

    #28
    Apparently Najd's Abaya (or her) is possessed, and she controls whatever that is possessing to do various attacks with the Abaya.
     
  29. #29
    Can someone show a pic? Those tweets dont work on my phone for some reason
     
  30. TheEnd

    TheEnd Member

    #30
    On a second thought, yeah, it does look cool, kinda like Bayonetta and her hair.
     
  31. Akai

    Akai Member

    #31
    [​IMG]
     
  32. FiXalaS

    FiXalaS Member

    #32
    here you go.
    more of her
     
  33. Peemz

    Peemz Member

    #33
    Looks very SNK esque so it's a perfect fit.
     
  34. Ikaruga

    Ikaruga Member

    #34
    Looks quite nice but this will be a hell of work to make an animated model out of it I guess.

    By the way, what? SNK is doing a new Fighting game? A new KOF?!
     
  35. Mr. Pointy

    Mr. Pointy Member

    #35
    Looks kind of... Samurai Shodown.
     
  36. Tizoc

    Tizoc Member

    #36
    Could be NGBC or a new SamSho.
     
  37. Swamped

    Swamped Member

    #37
    The design looks badass!
     
  38. Sgt. Demblant

    Sgt. Demblant Member

    #38
    That's a really good design.
     
  39. Ikaruga

    Ikaruga Member

    #39
    That's even crazier(especially the latter), we haven't seen much from SNK of both franchises in ages.
     
  40. #40
    I like the design. It would be perfect for a game like Soul Sacrifice.
     
  41. adel

    adel Member

    #41
    So the Abaya belongs to a strong jinn called halek.
    Cool backstory from the character bio.
     
  42. Majukun

    Majukun Member

    #42
    the mouth ghostly thingy is a bit cheesy,seems more something you'll see in a blazblue game, but otherwise it's a cool design
     
  43. gcwy

    gcwy Member

    #43
    I like Rashid's design. Don't understand the flak he gets.

    Why would it be? It's from a woman in Saudi Arabia, I don't see anything wrong with it.
     
  44. HMD

    HMD Member

    #44
    Your stereotypical idea of what a Saudi/Arab looks like is not very accurate.
     
  45. #45
    Looks like a female version of Zato-1.

    I like it.
     
  46. #46
    i'm not referring to those characters. more like banana ken
     
  47. LossAversion

    LossAversion Member

    #47
    Looks really cool! Reminds me of Morrigan from Dragon Age mixed with some Bayonetta craziness.
     
  48. Alo0oy

    Alo0oy Member

    #48
    As an Arab, I understand where you're coming from, Arab characters are never represented where they wear "normal" or "non-traditional" clothes, people outside the Arab world probably aren't aware that most people don't wear "traditional" clothes.

    But at the same time, I don't want to knock her design either, it was great and designed by an actual Arab instead of a non-Arab grabbing inspirations from google image search.
     
  49. dbcyber

    dbcyber Member

    #49
    Really nice design. Wonder how it will animate, may be tricky and could end up looking bad.
     
  50. Choppasmith

    Choppasmith Member Original Poster

    #50
    It just occurred to me. I can't check at the moment. Didn't that recent leak/rumor for NGBC2 mention a "Mysterious Woman" as a newcomer? This would fit the bill.

    Nothing confirmed but heavily rumored SNK said they had games (plural) in development. They also have Capcom's star fighting game designer, Neo G, on board now.