Tetris Effect players of all console nations will be able to play against one another in competitive multiplayer modes with Tetris Effect: Connected, a free update coming this summer.
Tetris Effect becomes Tetris Effect: Connected this July, and it’s a completely free game transformation. If you already own Tetris Effect on any console, you’ll get Tetris Effect: Connected at no extra cost. For everybody else wanting to buy Tetris Effect, it will now be sold under the name ‘Tetris Effect: Connected.’
What is Tetris Effect: Connected?
The new update that’s coming in July will feature new game modes, game features, local multiplayer modes, as well as online multiplayer modes with cross-play. And if you’re a PSVR player who enjoys their Tetris with Sony’s goggles, the update will continue to be completely playable in PSVR. No functionality is being lost. This update is an all-around winner.
New Multiplayer modes in Tetris Effect: Connected
Form a three-player team to try and defeat A.I.-controlled Bosses (or player-controlled Bosses, during the Full Moon 24-hour event every weekend)—connect your Matrices as you all enter the Zone and clear Lines together to deal massive damage.
A one-on-one competition played with standard Tetris Effect settings, with the key to victory being adept use of the time-stopping Zone mechanic. This mode is a great way to test out the skills you’ve built up in single-player.
Another one-on-one competition played with standard Tetris Effect settings, only here no Line Attacks are exchanged. If your score is higher than your opponent’s when both games end, you win. Think of it as “single-player competitive Tetris.”
Classic Score Attack
A one-on-one score attack competition played using old-school Tetris settings, so no Hard Drops, no ability to Hold a Tetrimino, only one Tetrimino shown in the Next Queue, Tetriminos spin a bit differently—they Lock Down immediately when they touch a surface, etc. This unforgiving version of Tetris is what’s used for pro competitions such as the annual Classic Tetris World Championship.
New features in Tetris Effect: Connected
Invite PlayStation friends to Multiplayer matches directly as always, or share the four-digit alphanumeric Room ID code to challenge friends on whatever platform they game on! (If you’re a streamer and want to keep out uninvited guests, don’t worry — you can easily opt to hide your Room ID from the UI). And unless you opt-out of it via the Options, Ranked Matches will also bring in players from all platforms, all over the world, for a larger player base and better chance you can get matched with an opponent near your skill level.
Only available in Friend Matches, game sessions can include between four to six (depending on the game mode) spectators who can watch and even emote in real-time (via the right stick) along to the action.
(Classic Score Attack Mode, Friend, and Local Matches Only)
This Classic Score Attack mode option recreates aspects of the beloved European version of the old 8-bit game—the pieces move left and right slightly faster, the kill screen hits at level 19 (compared to level 29 in the NTSC version), and other nostalgic details are all included.
(Zone Battle Mode, Friend and Local Matches Only)
This aptly-named option plays slower due to increased entry delay (i.e. the time between when a Tetrimino locks into place, and when the next one enters the Matrix) and slightly slower Tetrimino movements. This means a whole new challenge for Zone Battle pros, who must now use a different strategy altogether since they can’t rely on just raw drop speed any more.
When is the Tetris Effect: Connected Beta?
Tetris Effect: Connected will have a short beta period from June 23rd until July 5th, and if you already own Tetris Effect, you can download the beta on June 23rd at no cost, and then update to the full version of Tetris Effect: Connected when it releaes. However, you will not be able to carry over your progress from the beta to the main game, and you will also need a PlayStation Plus subscription to play the online modes.