SNK announced that they are going to rename themselves back to SNK from SNK Playmore. SNK was something of an understated titan back in the arcade days of the early 80s and early 90s and responsible for the awe-inspiring Neo Geo MVS (Multi Video System) in the arcade and the AES (Advanced Entertainment System) for home use reproducing the same experience since it was using the same hardware.
The company had also gone through some rough times following its golden years filing for bankruptcy in 2001, emerging again as SNK Playmore the same year which produced a smattering of titles for both the home and arcade markets. However, their focus had also shifted to the lucrative pachislot market, but for the most part, drifted into relative obscurity outside of popular franchise releases such as their King of Fighters titles.
But SNK also sought to re-invent itself and recently, after having been acquired by 37Games and Orient Securities in 2015, refocused its efforts on promoting its unique stable of IP and away from its pachislot efforts. Earlier this year, the “Playmore” name was dropped from its logo and finally, as of today, legally changed its name to the SNK Corporation signalling its intention to return to what it used to do best.
Are the floodgates going to spring open revealing a slew of new, retooled classics from Ikari Warriors to Metal Slug? Are we going to get classic collections on all of the new systems? HD remakes? Hopefully this hints that anything might be possible. SNK’s long, rich history spanning more than 30 years has a lot to pick from. Besides, they also have a snazzy new logo and nostalgia-tugging jingle they’ve put together.