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The modern arcade game, Killer Queen, has finally made its way to home consoles with Killer Queen Black. Join us as we challenge others online on the Nintendo Switch.

Killer Queen Black dev is interested to see the intersection of arcade and Switch players

Will the two groups find harmony?

Killer Queen has been a part of the arcade scene for awhile, but now there's a new kid on the block in Killer Queen Black. Both games provide a similar experience, but there's definitely some major differences between the two. In a USGamer interview with co-designer Nikita Mikros, we learn that the team is quite interested to see what the crossover is between the two versions.

"The thing that I'm super interested in is what does the intersection of communities look like? There are certain arcade players that are super into the idea of Killer Queen Black, and then there are some who will never play it, or they play it once or twice. I'm sure that on the Killer Queen Black side, the vast majority will never play the arcade game. Like, 'Oh, I gotta go all the way to an arcade? Forget it.'"

Killer Queen Black dev details all the changes needed to bring the experience to Switch

Not a quick process

Killer Queen Black took quite a bit of time to come to Switch. What caused the hold-up? Turns out bringing the experience to Switch took a lot more work than just a quick port session. In an interview with GamesBeat, Liquid Bit production boss Matt Tesch explains all the changes and tweaks that had to be made.

“It became quickly apparent that we needed to increase the sizes of the player characters, which in turn led to a decrease in the size of the map layouts, and finally a reduction in player count. None of that was in the original design and only came about through testing of various prototypes.”

Killer Queen Black - more footage

Fight for your hive in this strategic team platformer with three ways to win! Hop on the snail, hoard berries, or wipe out the enemy's queen to claim victory.

Killer Queen Black - more footage


Fight for your hive in this strategic team platformer with three ways to win! Hop on the snail, hoard berries, or wipe out the enemy's queen to claim victory.

Killer Queen Black - more footage

Fight for your hive in this strategic team platformer with three ways to win! Hop on the snail, hoard berries, or wipe out the enemy's queen to claim victory.

Nighthawk Interactive apologizes for Amazon's Killer Queen Black preorder issues, working to fix the problem ASAP

Hang in there, fans

Earlier today we shared a story about Amazon.com cancelling Killer Queen Black preorders. Some took this as a sign of the retail release being in trouble. Thankfully that's not the case, as Nighthawk Interactive reached out to us to share the following statement.

“We’re aware of the issues some consumers are experiencing with Amazon pre-orders for Killer Queen Black, due to technical problems with the listing. We are working with Amazon to resolve this as soon as possible, and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We can confirm the game will still be coming to Nintendo Switch retail, and can also be preordered through sellers including Best Buy and GameStop.”

If you had your Amazon order cancelled, you can always grab another through Best Buy or GameStop, or you could wait for the Amazon side of things to be fixed up. Good to know the issue is being taken care of. All we need now is a confirmed release date!

Amazon cancelling preorders for Killer Queen Black (UPDATE)

Mood killer

Over the weekend, we posted about the Amazon listing for Killer Queen Black here in the states and in the UK as well. Both have the game listed for a release in late Sept. 2019, although nothing is confirmed yet. Unfortunately, Amazon.com started sending out emails last night to cancel preorders for customers. It sounds like orders might have been cancelled due to the listing originally showing an earlier release date that came/went. Hopefully things get explained soon, and people can lock in their preorders again.

UPDATE - The publisher has reached out to us with a statement.

Killer Queen Black's retail release looks set for late Sept. 2019, will include a controller skin

She's a killer queen!

We found out Killer Queen Black was getting a retail release awhile back, but we didn't have any word on release date. Amazon has since updated with some new info, and it looks like a late Sept. 2019 release is locked in. Amazon.com has the game slated for Sept. 24th, 2019, while Amazon UK shows Sept. 27th, 2019. On top of that, the retail version will include the controller skin you see above.

All versions of Killer Queen Black will get a new character if 20k people wishlist the game on Steam

Killer offer

Killer Queen Black is coming to Switch later this year. While we wait for a release date confirmation, we're already talking about new characters. The developers have started a campaign to get people to add the game to their Steam wishlist. If 20k people do that, a new character will be added. The developers confirmed that this character would also come over to the Switch. If you plan on grabbing the Steam version, or both versions, now is the time to make your move!

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