SNK, makers of The King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown, has gone through changes and purchases over the years. However, this recent change is a real 100 Mega Shock. A non-profit organization established by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia will be obtaining a 51% share of SNK in the future. A subsidiary of the organization has apparently already obtained a 33% share in SNK and has been working to train Saudis in aspects of game development.
It is unclear how this change will affect SNK in the future. I would imagine that this significant investment in SNK would not be made just to bolster the video game development skills of Saudi programmers. Will it have an impact on the development of King of Fighters 15? Will the crown prince make specific requests of SNK in regards to new game development?
This news has been hard for me to process. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on the matter.