True, Tetris fans, the wait is almost over. In July, all Tetris Effect owners will have the opportunity to download a free update that will turn their game into (dum dum daaaa!) Tetris Effect: Connected!
What does it mean, exactly? Well, a bunch of fantastic local and online multiplayer modes, mostly, but also a lot of other new features, some of which we’re announcing today, here for the first time. Read on to find out more, including your chance to take part in the beta test!
(When reading, just remember: Everyone the following modes are completely playable on a standard screen, or optionally on PS VR — highly recommended if you’ve never tried them! And while Tetris Effect is a dedicated PlayStation 4 title, everything is naturally playable on PlayStation 5 and also for backward compatibility.)
I’m fine! First, a first look at our multiplayer modes:
Form a team of three players to try to defeat the AI-controlled Chiefs (or Player-controlled Chiefs, during the 24-hour Full Moon event every weekend) – connect your Matrices as you enter the Zone and Delete and Lines together to deal massive damage.
A one-on-one competition played with the standard parameters of the Tetris Effect, with the key to victory being a skillful use of the Zone mechanic that stops time. This mode is a great way to test the skills you have developed in a single reader.
Another one-on-one competition played with the standard parameters of the Tetris effect, only there was no exchange of Line Attacks. If your score is higher than your opponent when both games end, you win. Think of this as “competitive Tetris for a player”.
Classic Score Attack
A one-on-one attack competition played with old-school Tetris settings, so no Hard Drops, no ability to Hold a Tetrimino, only a Tetrimino shown in the Next Queue, Tetriminos turns a little differently — they Block Immediately when they touch a surface, etc. This unforgiving version of Tetris is the one that is used for professional competitions like the annual World Classical Tetris Championship.
Sounds good? It’s best to — look at these added features, new for all versions of the game with this update:
Invite PlayStation friends to Multiplayer games directly as usual, or share the four-digit alphanumeric room ID code to challenge friends on any platform they play on! (If you’re a streamer and want to keep out the invited guests, don’t worry – you can easily choose to hide your room ID from the user interface). And unless you choose not to because of the Options, Classified Games will also bring players from all platforms, around the world, to a larger player base and a better chance of being able to be paired with a close opponent. your skill level.
Only available in Friendly Matches, game sessions can include between four to six (depending on the game mode) viewers who can watch and even move in real time (via the right stick) throughout the action.
(Classic Mode Attack Score, Friend, and Local Games Only)
This Classic Attack Mode option recreates aspects of the beloved European version of the old 8-bit game – the pieces move left and right a little faster, the kill screen hits at level 19 (compared at level 29 in the NTSC version), and other nostalgic details are all included.
(Zone, Friend, and Local Match Only Mode)
This so-called option plays slower due to an increased entry delay (i.e. the time between when one Tetrimino locks in place, and when the next one enters the Matrix) and Tetrimino moves slightly slower. This means a new challenge for Battle Zone professionals, who must now employ a different strategy throughout since they can no longer rely solely on raw drop speed.
Does it look so good that you can’t wait until full release at the end of July? Well, you’re in luck. All owners of the current version of Tetris Effect will be able to download a beta version of Tetris Effect: Connected for free. Come help us fix all bugs and bugs, starting June 23rd, 8pm PDT / June 24th, 3pm UTC / June 24th, 12pm JST evening.
(Search for Tetris Effect: Beta Test Related to PlayStation Store to download it on PS4. The beta will be available to all Tetris Effect owners until July 5, 11:59 pm PDT; a PlayStation Plus subscription is required to play any online multiplayer mode in both beta and final versions of the game; finally, please note that the progress made in the beta does not transfer into the main game.)
Thanks for reading and have fun!