ABS vs THE BLOOD QUEEN, the first single-player game in the Killer Queen franchise enjoyed by millions, flies soon on PC, Mac and Linux via the Steam Marketplace. BumbleBear Games crafts the action platformer while in quarantine, for friends and fans stuck at home and away from the arcades. BumbleBear hopes to add a Nintendo Switch version to the hive later this year.
Designed for veterans and newcomers to the Killer Queen Universe, ABS vs THE BLOOD QUEEN provides a practice space for returning worker bees as well as a fun and engaging entry point. Control the titular Abs as he outruns a terrifying wall of undead warriors and repeatedly clashes with a twisted, maniacal version of the game’s most iconic character, the Blood Queen.
Call upon the technical skills and maneuvers utilized in high-level Killer Queen play to survive — ride the snail, earn wings as a powerful Warrior and grab Berries to discover hidden abilities and secret rooms. Test those abilities in devious new ways while further developing or refining a Killer Queen skillset to transition seamlessly back into arcades once they are back in business!
Procedurally-generated levels, global leaderboards, and tantalizing “just one more run”-style gameplay make ABS vs THE BLOOD QUEEN the friendly competition currently missing from the world and arcades. After launch, BumbleBear plans to continue to update the action platformer and introduce it to arcades in its own cabinet. Some of the new features and artwork made for the game will eventually find its way into Killer Queen’s arcade edition.
As developers at the forefront of the Modern Arcade, BumbleBear Games shaped its vision and talents around cultivating the physical, real-world space arcade games inhabit. Community, camaraderie, love and support for arcades and other small businesses — all remain on hold while the country bands together to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.
As millions of Americans struggle to cope with the stress and uncertainty of this experience, the ways we develop community and shared experiences evolve and change. With ABS vs THE BLOOD QUEEN, BumbleBear Games sets out to provide a little much-needed arcade-style love to gamers stuck in quarantine.
“While our community can’t go to arcades and enjoy the competitive spirit behind Killer Queen, we wanted to think outside of the box,” says Josh DeBonis, president of BumbleBear Games. “ABS vs. THE BLOOD QUEEN uses the framework we’ve created to serve as both a Killer Queen training ground and a new game with surprising new challenges for our fans.”
BumbleBear Games aims to release ABS vs THE BLOOD QUEEN in June and launches a Kickstarter today with a funding goal of $33,000. Backer tiers include full access at launch for $14, in-game graffiti submissions for $25, and go all the way up to $8,999 to secure the very first prototype ABS vs THE BLOOD QUEEN arcade cabinet BumbleBear develops. May 21 is the final day to pledge.