Killer Queen Black, the port of the well regarded indie arcade game Killer Queen, will launch on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC (via Steam and Discord) on Oct. 11, developer Liquid Bit announced this morning.
Originally designed as a local multiplayer game between two teams of five, Killer Queen Black will include multiplayer chat across platforms, as well as emotes and an objective callout system, to “ensure teams are on the same page,” Liquid Bit noted in a news release.
“Bringing Killer Queen home has been a long journey but we can finally show our efforts,” said Matt Tesch, Liquid Bit’s co-founder. “Soon, players around the world can scream and shout, ‘Snail, watch the snai!’ at home or the arcades.”
Killer Queen Black, announced during Nintendo’s E3 2018 presentation, was originally slated for launch in the first quarter of this year. A version for Xbox One “will be available at a later date,” Liquid Bit’s statement said.
The original Killer Queen was developed by Bugbear Games for New York University’s 2013 No Quarter exhibition of independent arcade games. In the home versions of Black, ranked multiplayer will require eight human players, in teams of four. Players must participate in 10 placement matches to be placed into one of five leagues.
Unranked multiplayer can be played entirely solo, with AI filling out unfilled teammate and opponent positions. Killer Queen Black will include a tutorial mode showing the three ways matches can be won. The game will be available in the Nintendo eShop for $19.99. A physical edition will be available on Oct. 25 for $29.99, and it includes Joy-Con controller skins.
On PC, the game is also $19.99, but it’s free for Discord Nitro subscribers starting Oct. 11. Steam and the Humble Store will also sell a $59.99 four-pack, so that full teams can go in on the game together.