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Killer Queen Black – full patch notes for version 1.62 (Betelgeuse Update)

Posted on July 18, 2020 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Killer Queen Black

Killer Queen Black received a major Betelgeuse Update this week. Liquid Bit and BumbleBear Games introduced enhanced party features, gameplay improvements, and more.

Below are the full patch notes for version 1.62:

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.


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