It’s been six months since Killer Queen Black’s last update and Liquid Bit and BumbleBear Games haven’t slowed down in fine-tuning the multiplayer action platformer. Released today, the Betelgeuse Update (Version 1.62) is full of game enhancements and fixes. The standout, besides the Custom Match feature being fine-tuned, is a new map. Welcome to the Nesting Flats — and prepare to fight and protect your hive.

“The Nesting Flats, a new level that separates weapon and power-up gates, encourages soldiers to cause trouble for Queens focusing solely on claiming weapon gates. The short snail track can lead to a quick victory, but berry-throwing pros can secure a rapid economic win unless met with strong defense. Steam achievements, new gameplay visuals, and a new party system make it even easier to play new content together.”

Below are the complete patch notes for the Nintendo Switch version of Killer Queen Black as found on Liquid Bit’s site:

 

Enhanced Party Features

  • Adding a second controller locally while in a remote party will now add that player to the party.
  • Local play now allows you to add controllers/players everywhere, not just on the title screen.
  • When in a Quick Play or a Ranked Match, players can now see who is in a party together.
  • Players can now see the status of their friends’ parties and join from the Friend List.
  • Players in a party can now receive invites to other parties.
  • Added a Party Widget on the main menu to easily access party members, online friends, and privacy.
  • Recently played shows the last 25 players you played against.

 

Custom Match Enhancements

  • Modified Custom Match UI to improve match setup experience.
  • Players no longer have to be in a party to join a Custom Match.
  • Players can now back out of Custom Match “Meet Thy Family” and return to the lobby.
  • Inactivity timeout on Custom Match has been increased to 10 minutes.
  • Custom Match now has multiple ways people can join:
    • Create a code that allows any player to join.
    • Set the Match Privacy settings to “Friends” to allow players to join straight from the friend list.
  • Improved voice chat in Custom Match to allow players to separate out voice as follows:
    • Match Chat: All players in a match can chat in both game and lobby.
    • Team Chat: Chat is limited to teams during the game, but all players in the lobby.
  • Parties now have multiple privacy settings enabling players to join together by:
    • Invite Only: Players can only join your party via an invitation.
    • Friends: Friends can join your party without an invitation.
    • Friends of Friends: Friends of friends can join your party without an invitation.

 

Gameplay Enhancements

  • Added a new map: “The Nesting Flats”
  • Changes to The Helix Temple:
    • Top gates have been moved further apart.
    • Top berries take slightly longer to reach.
    • The central berry pile is harder to deplete quickly.
  • Added a new special win condition frame.
  • Winning teams can now clap as well as dance in Post Match.
  • Speed upgrade now affects vertical momentum for soldiers.
  • Worker jump now has more variable upwards velocity based on button press length.
  • Berry throws slightly more powerful.
  • In-Game chat widget now separated by team side.
  • New intro animations for players on the “Meet Thy Family” screen.
  • New VFX added to gameplay.
  • Various other UI and UX improvements including Friend List and Leader Board performance enhancements.

 

Stats update

Berry throw-ins are now calculated in the following ways:

  • Count it as +1 berry for the worker who threw it in the hive, in the following situations:
    • It does not touch anything before going in.
    • It bounces off a wall and/or ceiling first, but no other player.
    • It skids along the floor before falling into a berry hole without touching another player.
    • It bounces off an enemy player first.
    • It bounces off another berry bouncing around the hive.
  • Count it as a +1 for the last player to touch the berry in the following situations:
    • Berry was thrown by a worker and it hits their teammate before going into a hole.
    • Any player (queen, soldier, or worker carrying a berry) touches a berry and it flies into a hole in the hive. Could be with their body or with their weapon (ie mace).
    • A berry is pushed into a hole by another berry that was touched by a player.

 
Killer Queen Black is available to download on the Nintendo eShop for $19.99, or you can purchase the game’s physical version at participating retailers, like Amazon.

 

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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)

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