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Tetris Effect

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Puzzle
Publisher: Enhance Games
Developer: Resonair (EU), Monstars Inc. (US)
Release Date: Aug. 17, 2021

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'Tetris Effect: Connected' Kicks Off First Official Tournament This Weekend

by Rainier on Nov. 3, 2021 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT

Tetris Effect is the next evolution in the long-running puzzle franchise, surrounding you with fantastic, fully three-dimensional worlds that react and evolve based on how you play.

Named after a real-world phenomenon where players’ brains are so engrossed that images of the iconic falling Tetrimino blocks (i.e. the Tetris playing pieces) linger in their vision, thoughts, and even dreams, Tetris Effect amplifies this magical feeling of total immersion.

Music, backgrounds, sounds, special effects—everything, down to the Tetris pieces themselves, pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect sync with how you’re playing.

From deep beneath the ocean to the furthest reaches of outer space and everywhere between, Tetris Effect’s 30-plus stages take players on a wondrous, emotional journey through the universe. The core of the game is still Tetris—one of the most popular puzzle games of all time—but like you’ve never seen it, or heard it, or felt it before.

The new multiplayer expansion joins the 10-plus single-player modes already included in the original Tetris Effect. This is Tetris like you’ve never seen it, or heard it, or felt it before—an incredibly addictive, unique, and breathtakingly gorgeous reinvention of one of the most popular puzzle games of all time, from the people who brought you the award-winning Rez Infinite and legendary puzzle game Lumines. Music, backgrounds, sounds, special effects—everything, down to the Tetriminos themselves, pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect sync with how you’re playing, making all of the game’s 30+ stages something you’ll want to experience over and over again.

Among the new modes is the titular Connected, where three players can team up and literally connect their Matrix play fields to fight against A.I.-controlled Bosses; Zone Battle, a one-on-one match of standard competitive Tetris, but with a twist: the time-stopping Zone mechanic (first introduced in Tetris Effect’s single-player game); and Score Attack, a “single-player versus” mode, where two players compete separately to see who can get the best score.

Also included is a special variation on Score Attack mode, Classic Score Attack, which brings back the look and feel of Tetris from when it was first introduced to console gamers over 30 years ago. More than just a nostalgic coat of paint, Classic Score Attack recreates the classic controls and settings, including the removal of Hard Drop and the Hold Queue, Tetriminos Lock Down immediately when they touch a surface, and random Tetrimino generation. The mode also pays homage to a standard of “Pro” Tetris competition popularized by the Classic Tetris World Championship, an annual fan event that brings together some of the top Tetris players from all over the world.

The new multiplayer expansion joins the 10-plus single-player modes already included in the original Tetris Effect. This is Tetris like you’ve never seen it, or heard it, or felt it before—an incredibly addictive, unique, and breathtakingly gorgeous reinvention of one of the most popular puzzle games of all time, from the people who brought you the award-winning Rez Infinite and legendary puzzle game Lumines. Music, backgrounds, sounds, special effects—everything, down to the Tetriminos themselves, pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect sync with how you’re playing, making all of the game’s 30+ stages something you’ll want to experience over and over again.

The final rounds of Connected 2021, the first official Tetris Effect: Connected tournament, take place this weekend, November 6 and 7, 2021, starting at noon Pacific time with a special multi-mode Triathlon event on November 13. Players around the world have been competing in qualifying rounds since September, culminating in this weekend’s broadcast featuring the best of the best.

The entire event will be streamed live with English play-by-play commentary via the Classic Tetris World Championships’ Twitch channel at twitch.tv/ClassicTetris and restreamed live with Japanese language analysis on Enhance’s Twitch channel at twitch.tv/EnhanceExperience.

Zone Battle - Saturday, November 6 at noon Pacific (Sunday, November 7 at 4 am Japan time)

A one-on-one competition played with standard Tetris Effect rules, with the key to victory being adept use of the time-stopping Zone mechanic. 

Top 8 - https://challonge.com/TECFall21_Zone1
Total matches: 10 (11 if needed)
All matches are best of nine
Estimated time per match: 25-30 minutes

Classic Score Attack - Sunday, November 7 at noon Pacific (Monday, November 8 at 5 am Japan time)

A one-on-one score-attack competition played using old-school Tetris® rules, so no hard dropping, no ability to Hold a Tetrimino, only one piece shown in the Next Queue, pieces spin a bit differently, they Lock Down immediately when they touch a surface, etc.

Top 8 - https://challonge.com/TECFall21_CSA1
Total matches: 10 (11 if needed)
All matches are best of three
Estimated time per match: 25-30 minutes

Triathlon - Saturday, November 13 at noon Pacific (Sunday, November 14 at 5 am Japan time)

The final four from the Zone and Classic events will compete in a unique competition featuring three of Tetris Effect: Connected’s multiplayer modes: Zone Battle, Classic Score Attack, and Score Attack. 

Key Features:

  • Online or Local co-op and competitive play for 1-3 players (1-2 competitive, 1-3 co-op, with CPU players available)
  • Ranked and unranked play, matchmaking, and player progression for unlockable avatars
  • Cross-play between all Xbox Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows 10 PC
  • The entire Tetris Effect single-player game also included
  • Smart Delivery means Xbox One owners can upgrade to Xbox Series X any time for free
  • Available for sale or via Xbox Game Pass at launch

Development is being handled by the same team of Monstars Inc. and Resonair as the original Tetris Effect, with additional coding and networking help from Tokyo-based Stage Games. Tetris Effect: Connected is optimized native 4K / 60 fps visuals (Xbox Series X and PC versions).

Tetris Effect: Connected is available Nintendo Switch, Oculus Quest, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC (Steam / Epic Games Store / Microsoft Store), as well as the Xbox Game Pass and Smart Delivery programs.


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