Killer Queen Black has turned out to be another casualty of GameSparks recent shutdown. The team at Liquid Bit announced the news on October 4th and removed the game from sale on Xbox One and Steam on October 6th. As of this post the game was still available on Nintendo Switch but will likely disappear soon. The game was also released on Google Stadia.
Although the game is being removed from sale, existing owners will have until November 30th to play online before being relegated to its offline modes. There’s also hope that the team may one day release the game as open source software allowing fans to patch in their own online connectivity.
It’s with a heavy heart that we’re announcing that after three amazing years, KQB will be going offline on November 30’th, 2022.
This is not something that was planned or foreseen. KQB was built on top of Amazon GameSparks, the service that provides the backend functionality for our game. Unfortunately, Amazon decided to shut down this service on September 30’th. We moved mountains and spent a treasure to migrate to a different provider, but unfortunately, the task amounted to an almost complete rewrite of the game, and that’s just not in the cards for Liquid Bit at this time. We’re working on plans to open-source the game, and hopefully, with some luck and support, it will rise again in the future.
We know that this comes as a shock and disappointment to many of you that have spent so much time and energy playing our game and making the community the great place that it is. We can assure you that we are just as disappointed as you are.
Please know that we did everything possible to keep the online component alive – unfortunately, it was just out of our capability as an indie developer. We did, however, secure a two-month extension from Amazon to use the service until November 30’th so our league play could conclude uninterrupted.
Liquid Bit is marching on, and we’re continuing to build out our new title, which we hope to share very soon. Rest assured, we will make sure issues of this nature are not able to thwart our production or shut down our future online games again.
It’s been a wild run and I am grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you. – Matt TeschLiquid Bit Announcement – October 04, 2022
Sorry I missed the news on this one, unfortunately I’ve been sick again this week. Thanks to Yukinamyn for submitting the news, I’ve added the November date to the Watch List calendar and will have a page up on the site later.