Fans of SNK’s long running King of Fighters fighting game series will be happy to know that the Ikari Warriors team’s dutiful female soldier returns, as King of Fighters 15 recruits Leona Heidern back into the roster — and she’s got a few new moves to show off as well.
Check out the new gameplay trailer for this fan favorite KOF character.
As the adopted daughter of Heidern and making her first appearance way back in The King of Fighters ’96, Leona has been a mainstay of the KOF series since that time and has been in every installment since. Her nickname is The Silent Soldier, and here is her official bio from the SNK Wiki page.
Leona was born in an unnamed village, residing with her family. When she was a child, Goenitz arrived at her home and demanded to talk with Gaidel, the leader of the village. He requested that Gaidel join him in their duties to serve Orochi, as everyone in the village were Orochi bloodline members. However, Gaidel refused as he and his family liked peace and not the violent tendencies created by the Orochi blood. Enraged, Goenitz leaves; the same night, Leona underwent the Riot of Blood and slaughtered everyone in the village. Goenitz, pleased by the results, puts her blood lust to rest for another time “when he needs her again”. Dazed and shocked, she loses her memories and wanders aimlessly until she is found and later adopted by Heidern. Surprised by her natural fighting ability, he decides to raise her as an Ikari warrior under his command.
Speaking of fan favorites, other returning KOF mainstays include the one and only Terry Bogard — which you can read about here.
The King of Fighters 15 will be released some time in 2021.