Tetris Effect: Connected coming to PS4, Epic Games Store, Steam, and Oculus Quest alongside cross-platform play in late July

Cross-platform beta tests to soon begin.

Tetris Effect: Connected

Tetris Effect: Connected will come to the PlayStation 4, Epic Games Store, and Oculus Quest versions of Tetris Effect as a free update, as well as to Steam for the first time, in late July, developer Enhance Games announced.

At the same time, cross-platform play will be enabled across all current versions of the game, including the Steam version, and bonus features such as a Spectator Mode will be added. Owner’s and invite-only beta tests for cross-platform play will soon begin.

Get the details below.

■ Overview

  • Cross-platform play between all current versions of the game (PlayStation 4, Epic Games Store, Oculus Quest, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Microsoft Store PC, including Xbox Game Pass), as well as the highly-anticipated Steam version (store page now up for Wishlisting!), all sim-shipping in late July (exact date TBD).
  • Bonus features include Spectator Mode, as well as PAL and “Slow” speed modes, coming to all versions of the game.
  • An Owner’s Beta Test, available as a separate download to all accounts who own a copy of Tetris Effect on the Epic Games or Microsoft Stores, Xbox, or on PlayStation 4 (schedule found below).
  • An invite-only Closed Beta Test, starting this week and running through July 5, on some of the same platforms as the Owner’s Beta, but also including invited Steam and Oculus Quest users (schedule found below).
    Specifics on each point follow; the final release date will be confirmed based on the results of the Beta Test, but the Tetris Effect: Connected expansion is expected to release in late July.

Also, an explainer video covering everything in this release can also be found here, courtesy of beloved Tetris YouTuber aGameScout.

■ Cross-Platform Play

Furthering the game’s goal of bringing people together in cooperation and competition, the Tetris Effect: Connected update will allow Friend Match players to invite owners of the game on other platforms to all play together, via a simple, shareable four-digit alphanumeric “Room ID” code. (Of course players can also invite others on their same platform directly via that platform’s native invite system as well.)

Display of the Room ID can be disabled for those streaming their matches who wish to keep it private, and all platforms have the option of limiting themselves to players of their same platform. (Note: progress and achievements will not be shared across platforms.)

In addition to breaking down barriers between friends, wherever they might choose to play, cross-platform play will maximize the player base for Ranked Matches, ensuring better matchmaking and more equivalent competition for players at all levels.

■ Bonus Features

  • Spectator Mode (Friend Matches Only) – The Tetris Effect community’s #1 most-requested feature! Between 4 and 6 additional players, depending on the multiplayer mode, can join a match to watch as spectators (and emote from the sidelines in real-time), adding flexibility and convenience for anyone hoping to run or stream tournaments, or simply making it easier to drop in and out of games with a group of friends.
  • PAL Speed (Classic Score Attack Mode, Friend and Local Matches Only) – A new option designed to replicate the feeling of the European PAL format of the Tetris game from the Nintendo Entertainment System, including a lower framerate, faster horizontal movement, and faster dropping speed in later levels.
  • Slow Speed (Zone Battle Mode, Friend and Local Matches Only) – The flip-side of the Hyper Fast mode, this option, well, slows things down, with a longer entry delay for new Tetriminos, and slower horizontal movement. Helpful both for beginner players and also for advanced pros who can use the delay for more effective stacking and more devastating Zone Attacks.

*A limited number of spots are available for the closed beta. Spots are not guaranteed and you will only get an email if accepted.

■ Beta Test

Cross-platform play, together with new platforms and features, represents a significant technical challenge, so Enhance is planning a Beta Test period to help test and improve online play ahead of the official launch of the Tetris Effect: Connected update.

The Beta Test will be available as a separate download to existing accounts that own Tetris Effect (Owner’s Beta), or to any account with a redeemable code (Closed Beta) sent by Enhance, during the periods listed below.

Note: Progress in the Beta Test will not carry over in any way to the final game. Online multiplayer on all Xbox consoles requires Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus on PlayStation 4 (subscriptions sold separately).

Also Note: All dates listed can be thought of as “by 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time (USA) that day.”

But Also-Also Note: These dates are targets and subject to change (this is a test, after all, stuff can go wrong).

Please check @enhance_exp on Twitter or visit the official website for the latest updates!

PlayStation 4

  • Closed Invite Only – June 17 to June 23 (Apply Here)
  • Open to Tetris Effect Owners – June 23 to July 5

Epic Games Store

  • Closed Invite Only – June 17 to June 23 (Apply Here)
  • Open to Tetris Effect Owners – June 23 to July 5

Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Microsoft Store PC (including Xbox Game Pass)

  • Closed Invite Only – June 17 to June 23 (Apply Here)
  • Open to Tetris Effect Owners – June 23 to July 5

Steam

  • Closed Invite Only – June 17 to July 5 (Apply Here)

Oculus Quest

  • Closed Invite Only – June 23 to July 5 (Apply Here)

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