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Killer Queen Black Introduces 8-Player Local Multiplayer and More in Today’s Hydra Update, Special Sale Announced

Hail Hydra

Killer Queen Black, the strategic eight-player action platformer from Liquid Bit and BumbleBear Games, makes it easier to join the battle with highly requested new features debuting today.

Killer Queen Black’s player base becomes stronger by the day. Liquid Bit has heard their feedback: eight-player local co-op on one machine, Switch or PC, is now available via the latest update, Hydra (Patch 1.60). No internet connection or Nintendo Switch Online account is required; crush friends and enemies while rubbing elbows on the couch.

In addition to the highly requested local play update, new features such as selectable regions on Nintendo Switch are available. Check out the complete feature set of the Hydra patch:

Eight-player local support for PC and console
Region selection on Switch
Custom (online) and local matches can be started by a single player
Bots can fill out local and custom matches
Teams in local and custom matches can now be automatically shuffled
Streamer mode: Choose which names to display in-game and in menus
Map pools now skew towards more variety and fewer repeats
Various bug fixes and UI improvements

For cyber cafe and Arcade owners looking to break into the Killer Queen Black scene, a new commercial build is available on Steam. For more information on this build, please visit the commercial version’s Steam Cafe page. This is far from the end of Liquid Bit’s plans for Killer Queen Black: check out the roadmap to see what the team is dreaming up.

“Our community has been behind us the whole way and we are happily providing the most requested additions,” said Matt Tesch, co-founder of Liquid Bit. “Players can now host the ultimate Killer Queen Black tournaments and bring the full experience of the arcade home.”

Killer Queen Black is available now in English and on sale for $9.99 on the Nintendo eShop, Steam, the Humble Store, Discord. A Switch physical edition created by Nighthawk Interactive includes Nintendo Switch controller skins, a cartridge, exclusive game art on the box for $29.99. Killer Queen Black will be available on Xbox One at a later date.

To learn more, please visit the game’s official site, follow the game on Twitter, and join the official Discord.

Killer Queen Black update teased for Jan. 21st, 2020

A killer update

The team behind Killer Queen Black have put out a teaser video showcasing an update coming to the game, and it seems to be set for Jan. 21st, 2020. I'm not super familiar with Killer Queen Black, but I believe you can only play 8-player local multiplayer right now with two different Switch units. This makes it looks like 8 people are playing all on one Switch. I could be complete wrong here, and if I am, please let me know!

Killer Queen Black 'Gemini' patch now available, adds cross-play and more

Time for cross-play!

Killer Queen Black has gotten a significant update called the 'Gemini' patch. Check out full patch notes for this update below.

We're incredibly excited to share our biggest update ever. The Gemini Patch, featuring cross-platform party support! Now players on all platforms can add each other as friends and party up for Quick Play, Ranked, and Custom matches. Additionally, Switch users should notice a significant performance improvement in both gameplay as well as controller responsiveness.

Our partnership with Network Next (https://www.networknext.com/) is now live! Players all over the world are eligible for faster connections to our game servers located in US West (California), US East (Ohio), Canada (Toronto), South America (San Paulo), EU West (London), EU East (Frankfurt), AP South (Syndey), and AP North (Tokyo).

Speaking of regions, check out region select (for PC only - releasing on Switch very soon). Choose your region(s) of desired play!

Gemini release notes:

Cross-platform party support
LiquidID - Each player, regardless of platform, will now have a unique ID
Friend invites/inbox
Game and controller performance improvements [Switch]
Remove idle timeout in local wireless
Voice chat UI now enabled in custom match lobby
Reduce AFK timeout 60s -> 30s
Network connectivity and latency improvements
Settles ties between queen assignment with mmr in ranked matches
Various small bug fixes and UI improvements
Map changes

Tally Fields:

- Added space between the start hive zones
- Moved two berry piles from the top to under the hives
- Moved center berry pile to the underside of the center platform

Helix Temple:

- Moved two berry piles from the top of the map to the bottom of the snail platform near the center gate

Spire:

- Changed top gate to Morning Star/Sheild from Speed/Shield
- Changed bottom gates to Sword/Speed from Sword/Morning Star

Juniper:

- Random hive exits removed, now the only exit from the hive you entered unless it is full

Multiplayer arcade action hit Killer Queen Black flies into retail today

She's a killer, queeeeeeeeeeen!

EDISON, NEW JERSEY – Oct. 25 , 2019 – Mixing the delightful chaos of platforming, strategy and party games, Killer Queen Black is now available at retail stores with a special package for Nintendo SwitchTM: exclusive themed Joy-ConTM controller skins. Courtesy of distributor Nighthawk Interactive, the physical edition can be purchased for $29.99 at major retailers, including GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy and Target.

From Liquid Bit and BumbleBear Games, Killer Queen Black is an eight-player arcade action platformer that combines sports and combat into a thrilling 16-bit competition, calling back to the games of the arcade golden era by displaying all the action on a single screen. Two teams of three Workers and one Queen intensely battle for control and with three potential victory conditions, teams must work together to flexibly adapt their strategies and take down their opponents.

Players can face off locally or online across three game modes and six different arenas. Nintendo Switch players can duke it out with up to four players in standard local co-op or connect two Nintendo Switch systems in Local Wireless Play for the ultimate eight-player arcade experience, all in one room.

Soon after launch, the best team at any given time will become the Black team, replete with coveted glowing outfits. Every Black team match will be streamed so it’s easy to watch the top competition and learn their techniques. With upcoming cross-platform play between Nintendo Switch and PC, chat powered by Vivox, leaderboards, and Spectate mode, anyone can strive for the top.

The Killer Queen Black Nintendo Switch retail edition includes:

Exclusive Controller Skins – Fans who pick up the physical edition will receive exclusive themed Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller skins, made of premium 3M vinyl skin material with a precision fit that’s easy to apply and remove.

Three Victory Conditions – The end of a match comes once one team has won three times and wins can be earned in multiple ways. Workers can earn an Economic Victory by collecting and hoarding berries at their home base. Soldiers and Queens can claim a Military Victory by slaying the opposing team’s Queen three times. Players can also sneak in a Snail Victory by slowly riding the snail all the way back to base.

Three Online Game Modes – After learning the basics in Tutorial mode (though eager bees can jump right in), players can test their mettle in three online game modes. Unranked mode provides quick games filled out by AI if needed; Ranked is a player-versus-player battle for the rise to Obsidian status; and Custom games offer a private sandbox.

Wireless LAN Play – Exclusively for Nintendo Switch players, local gameplay can be set up with up to four players, or up to eight players by connecting two systems.

Killer Queen Black is developed by Liquid Bit and BumbleBear Games, and distributed at retail by Nighthawk Interactive. The game is now available for the Nintendo Switch at retailers for $29.99. A physical Xbox edition will follow at a later date. The game is rated E10+ (Fantasy Violence, Users Interact) by the ESRB.

GameSpot Video - Killer Queen Black gameplay

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.

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