The King Of Fighters XV Patch 1.62 Brings Notable Gameplay Changes

The King Of Fighters XV's latest update 1.62 patch notes reveal several changes, including many refinements.

SNK announced that The King of Fighters XV’s patch 1.62 would be going live on January 17 at 12 AM PST. The update is set to bring several gameplay changes and refinements according to the patch notes.

The primary aim of patch 1.62 is to buff the less frequently used characters while nerfing powerful characters and moves. Some quality-of-life improvements will also be coming along with The King of Fighters XV 1.62 update

Major Takeaways:

  • The King of Fighters XV patch 1.62 goes live on January 17 at 12 AM PST.
  • The update introduces several quality-of-life refinements, as well as multiple gameplay changes.
  • The update goes live exactly one month before KOF XV’s first anniversary on February 17, 2023.

The King of Fighters franchise has been one of the biggest names among fighting game fans ever since its debut in arcades in 1994. The King of Fighters XV is the fifteenth and latest franchise installment. The game was released last year on February 17, 2022.

The 1.62 update goes live exactly a month before the first anniversary of The King of Fighters XV, bringing many refinements to the game. SNK also revealed the patch notes of the 1.62 update, according to which several less frequently used characters have been buffed.

Some quality-of-life refinements include the renewed design of the member selection screen. Players won’t have to leave the room to adjust their battle settings, as the 1.62 update allows them to do so while staying within the room.

Here are the upcoming system refinements that are coming with patch 1.62.
Here are the upcoming system refinements that are coming with patch 1.62.

Among the changes that affect all characters, the most prominent one is arguably the fact that you can accumulate the power gauge while being in MAX mode. Crouching LK will no longer hit air-borne opponents, and Guard Cancel Blow Back no longer allows any follow-ups.

The default Blow Back moves of most characters have been adjusted to increase their combo-scaling value.

Here are some of the changes that will affect all characters after patch 1.62 goes live.
Here are some of the changes that will affect all characters after patch 1.62 goes live.

The King of Fighters XV’s 1.62 update also brings several changes to grab or throw mechanics. Counter throws can no longer be performed during normal attacks, command moves, and Blow Back cancels.

Air throws have also been adjusted so that all characters have the same horizontal grab range for their air throws, with one exception. Clarke has a slightly larger horizontal grab range than any other character in the roster.

Moves that require a DP input (forward, down, down forward) have their command input window reduced to avoid any accidental DP inputs while executing a quarter-circle-forward motion.

Among other changes, special throws for most characters now instantly increase 50 power gauge on startup. Recovery frames on whiffed special throws have been increased with a few exceptions.

You can check out SNK’s official 1.62 patch notes for The King of Fighter XV for a detailed overview of character-specific changes. You can also check out the video down below for a more detailed overview.

YouTube video

Earlier this month, SNK also announced several new and old characters making their way to the game in the upcoming Season 2 DLC. Among the characters, Kim Kaphwan is also returning to The King of Fighter XV’s roster in the Spring of 2023.


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