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  Killer Queen Black Launches on Nintendo Switch, Discord, and Steam October 11
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CHICAGO — Sept. 12, 2019 — Killer Queen Black, the strategic eight-player arcade action platformer from Liquid Bit and BumbleBear Games, launches on Nintendo Switch and PC via Discord and Steam October 11. 

Squad up and form a team of four — one Queen, three workers — and battle for the hive. Triumph in three different ways: Economic, Military, and Snail. 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.

Whoa whoa whoa. Queens? Workers? SNAILS? If Killer Queen’s jargon is overwhelming, start off with the Tutorial mode, which slowly 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 8 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 4v4 games for a full local party experience.

"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."

Killer Queen Black is available for pre-order with a 15% discount on the Nintendo eShop and will launch digitally October 11 in English for $19.99. 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 October 25 for $29.99. Physical pre-orders are available at AmazonBest Buy, and GameStop.

For PC players, Killer Queen Black is available for $19.99 on the official Discord server, or free for Discord Nitro subscribers* starting October 11. The game will also be available on Steam and the Humble Store with an additional Killer Queen Black Four Pack for $59.99, 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.

*Available for subscribers with the $9.99 Nitro plan while supplies last

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


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About Liquid Bit

The Chicago-based Liquid Bit is a group of builders, dreamers, designers, and developers. They make games that bring people together through innovative gameplay and design, and challenge you with games that are easy to learn but hard to master. Liquid Bit strives to go beyond just a game and deliver a connected experience and believes that good software should elicit an emotional response.

To learn more about Liquid Bit please visit the studio’s official website.

About BumbleBear Games

BumbleBear makes games for smart people to play together in public spaces. Its “platform”, the New Arcade, is a blend of digital and physical worlds through arcade cabinets, installations, and VR. The team is based in Brooklyn, NY.

To learn more about BumbleBear Games, please visit the studio’s official website.

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