Killer Queen Black Battles for the Hive on Switch, PC

Friday, September 13th, 2019

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It’s a battle of epic proportions as players fight to the death in Killer Queen Black, the new strategic eight-player arcade action platformer from Liquid Bit and BumbleBear Games.

Squad up and form a team of four — one Queen, three workers — and battle for the hive. Score an Economic victory by collecting berries strewn about the level and returning them to the base. Earn Military victories by defeating the opposing Queen three times. Secure a Snail victory right under the other team’s nose by slowly riding a snail back home. The first to three wins emerges victorious.

The Tutorial mode introduces mechanics and adds AI opponents as it ramps up. Then take those new skills into either Quickplay or Ranked. Quickplay replicates the feeling of walking up to an arcade cabinet: immediate access to a game, no ranks, and AI fills in the gaps if there isn’t a full match available.

Ranked Play has skill-based matchmaking and requires eight human players. After 10 placement matches, players are placed into a league (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Obsidian) most befitting of their talents. Each league comes with a new icon so other players can measure one another’s skills at a glance. Ascend the ranks and reach the tops of various Leaderboards including Friends, Leagues, and the top 100 in the world.

Killer Queen Black relies on communication and coordination, so Liquid Bit included tools to help teams thrive. Cross-platform voice chat, powered by Vivox, lets teams on PC and Nintendo Switch talk to one another directly. For non-verbal communication, emotes and a dedicated objective callout system ensure teams are on the same page. Connecting two Nintendo Switch consoles via local wireless mode enables 4-versus-4 games for a full local party experience.

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“Bringing Killer Queen home has been a long journey but we can finally show our efforts,” said Matt Tesch, co-founder of Liquid Bit. ”Soon players around the world can scream and shout ‘SNAIL, WATCH THE SNAIL!’ at home or the arcades.”

During PAX West 2018, oprainfall’s Josh Speer got to try the game out, and you can read his impressions here.

Killer Queen Black is available for pre-order on the Nintendo eShop and will launch digitally Oct. 11, 2019, in English for $19.99 USD. A Switch physical edition, created by Nighthawk Interactive, includes Nintendo Switch controller skins, a cartridge, exclusive game art on the box and will be available Oct. 25, 2019, for $29.99 USD. Physical pre-orders are available at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop.

For PC players, Killer Queen Black is available for $19.99 USD on the official Discord server, or free for Discord Nitro subscribers starting Oct. 11. The game will also be available on Steam and the Humble Store with an additional Killer Queen Black Four Pack for $59.99 USD, so a full team can form for the price of three copies. Killer Queen Black will be available on Xbox One at a later date.

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.