The developers working for Tencent used resources and created 3D models that had the same shape, form and proportions as the "Dot Art" sprites created for the KOF XII and XIII games. There was an uncanny resemblance to the characters between the different games and it was a sort of trademark style.
If you compare the models and moves in the KOF XIV trailers with those used in either KOF XIII or the King of Combat you will see how the developers created entirely new resources. New models, textures, costumes, animations, the works. The differences are subtle but they are clearly there.
I have a few questions to run by you. Are you planning on picking up King of Fighters XIV when its released? Would you have cared if a Chinese, or Korean company had developed it instead of a Japanese company? Do you think KOF XIV will have a smoother release than Street Fighter V? I'd like to know in the comments.
Also an important question for anyone that reads or follows my posts here or on my personal blog. Would you be interested if I converted my blogs into podcasts? Would you tell your friends or even think about sponsoring me on Patron for that matter? Even $1 a month from a handful of people is enough to put some gas in the car and buy me some time to do some research and find something interesting to share. You may not know it but some of my longer posts sometimes take months to put together. I do everything on my free time, just about every weeknight and weekend I spend writing and editing pics. I don't have much of a social life aside from that. I enjoy sharing and would still do it even if I didn't get any sponsors but you can imagine it would be a little easier for me to focus on games when I'm not focused on paying bills. Just something to think about, here's my logo in the meantime...