Tetris Effect: Connected and its multiplayer expansion to the 2018 original is coming in a free update to the PlayStation 4 and Oculus Quest versions of the game. A cross-play beta test will be held next week from 24th June at 4AM BST (UK time) until 6th July at 8AM BST (UK time), before a full release later in July.
You can sign up for the beta test here for Oculus Quest and Steam, but access will be granted to all owners of the game on PS4, Epic Games, and via the Microsoft Store across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Windows 10. To gain access, you will need to download a new client, by searching for Tetris Effect: Connected Beta in each respective store.
Here’s the details of what the Tetris Effect: Connected Beta will offer:
- Multiplayer modes will now offer cross-platform play. This applies to Ranked Match, Friend Match, and Multiplayer leaderboards.
- There will be no cross-platform progress or saves.
- You can disable this feature in the OPTIONS menu if you would like to.
- Spectator Mode is available in Friend Matches. A room can contain up to 8 total people, so depending on the mode, the max number of spectators would be 5 in Connected Mode to 6 in any of the 1v1 modes.
- Spectators can use emotes to engage with the game! (Right stick on gamepad or hold “1” and press arrow keys on keyboard.)
- Room IDs are for starting a cross-platform multiplayer lobby.
- Joining via each system’s native invite system is still also supported, so a host can use their Friend List and system invite system to invite other players on their same platform, but using the Room ID they can invite players from other platforms, or players on their same platform without having to become Friends.
PAL SPEED IN CLASSIC SCORE ATTACK
- Want to play in European style PAL mode? Now you can!
- This option is available for Friend and Local matches, Ranked matches are played with default settings.
ZONE BATTLE: SLOW SPEED MODE
- Slow mode has longer entry delay and slower horizontal movement.
- Like PAL, this mode is only available for Friend and Local matches.
While Tetris Effect launched as a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR exclusive in November 2018, drawing praise and plaudits from all corners, the game was then brought to Xbox in controversial form two years later. Tetris Effect: Connected was an expanded version of the game featuring an all-new cooperative multiplayer mode, as well as a new competitive mode that featured simplified visuals and stricter rules. This added content was confirmed to be a timed exclusive for Microsoft’s Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Windows 10, expected to come to other platforms in summer 2021. This beta paves the way for that to take place in July.
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