The latest 4v4 arcade sensation has finally arrived as of Friday, allowing players to finally pick up “the next big esport”. Killer Queen Black, by Liquid Bit and BumbleBear, pits teams of bees against each other with three objectives: fill the hive with berries, kill the opponent’s queen, and ride a snail to victory. The winner is the team to accomplish any three victories before the other team, allowing them to rise in the leaderboards. The gameplay is fully symmetrical, having no “attacking” or “defending” team, and the entire battlefield is shown on screen at once to allow you to see both your teammates and opponents.
Both systems allow for a combination of local and online play; and if you have eight people and a sufficient amount of hardware then you can have a fully-local match on Switch. There’s an unranked casual mode for newcomers as well as a ranked competitive mode for the real gamers out there. The team on top of the leaderboard will be declared the “black” team, and every match with a black team will be streamed so players can see high-level play and adapt strategies. Crossplay is enabled, but due to the controls, there’s no worry about mouse+keyboard players having an advantage over controller users.
Killer Queen Black is available right now for $19.99 on the Nintendo eShop, Steam store, and Humble store. Nitro users can get the game free on discord for a limited time, and non-nitro users can buy the game on the store for the same price. Come October 25th, there will be a physical switch edition available for $29.99 that comes with controller skins and exclusive game art. The game will also be available on Xbox One, but no date is announced as of yet. Read more about Killer Queen Black here in an exclusive interview we did with the developers.
Max is a student at Rutgers who likes writing fantasy and playing video games such as Zelda, Mario, Undertale, Earthbound, and Stardew Valley.