Tetris Royale is only the start of a multi-year partnership for mobile games between N3TWORK and The Tetris Company.
Surprisingly, Tetris 99 has become one of my favorite and most played games of 2019. Despite its simplicity and my typical aversion to battle royale games, I could not help but get hooked by this interesting take on what is probably the best puzzle game ever made. Tetris 99 has clearly generated enough interest too, as N3TWORK and The Tetris Company revealed Tetris Royale for smartphones today.
As the title indicates, this is a battle royale Tetris game for iOS and Android. N3TWORK is best known for Legendary: Game of Heroes, a mobile puzzle RPG, so Tetris Royale will be a change of pace for them. According to The Tetris Company, Tetris Royale is only the first title in a multi-year partnership that will allow the pair to bring more Tetris games to mobile platforms. N3TWORK CEO Neil Young is excited about this agreement, saying that “Tetris is a timeless pop culture icon that has shaped the history of videogames and is truly loved around the world. Our team at N3TWORK is inspired to partner with this incredible brand and create new ways for millions of mobile game players around the world to play, compete and enjoy Tetris at an unprecedented scale.”
While we have not seen the game in action yet, Tetris Royale seems to be taking a lot of cues from Tetris 99, especially the post-DLC version, in what it includes. The main draws will be the titular 100-player Tetris Royale mode and the Marathon mode where players can practice by themselves. That being said, there will also be daily competitions and challenges as well as leaderboards and a “season” structure to spice up the competitive side of the game. Unlike Tetris 99, power-ups, in-game boosters, and customization will be featured in Tetris Royale. While N3TWORK’s title certainly seems like it will be more robust from a live service standpoint, it will be interesting to compare gameplay once we know more about Tetris Royale.
A lot about Tetris Royale still needs to be revealed, but we do know that beta testing will begin later in 2019 and that it is slated to come to iOS, iPad, and Android devices worldwide with the notable exception of China. If you would rather play Arika and Nintendo’s Tetris 99, it is free with a Nintendo Switch Online membership that can be picked up on Amazon.
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