Next-Gen Tetronimoes: Ubisoft Announce Tetris Ultimate

Level up! Triple! Buzzsaw!

Alexey Pajitnov created Tetris on the Electronika 60, a computer with only 8KB of RAM. Thirty years later, 8GB of RAM is not uncommon for a gaming PC. What could Tetris do with all this extra memory we have now, all these spare processor cores, all these fancy graphics cards? Give us freedom to roam an open-world Tetris Land, doing Tetris parkour, following high-poly Tetris blocks going about their daily routines, customising and upgrading our tetrominoes, and becoming the unlikely hero of Tetris society.

If there’s anyone who’d give us that, it’s probably Ubisoft. The publishers have announced Tetris Ultimate, their “next-gen Tetris.” But… oh. It’s nothing like that. It’s just Tetris with a few modes.

Tetris Ultimate is Tetris, see, with six fancy modes supporting up to four players. It also has leaderboards and social bits that follow your friends’ play and whatnot. Here’s the skinny on its modes:

  • Marathon – Get to level 15 and rack up as many points as you can.
  • Endless – Go as high as level 30 and keep clearing lines as long as possible.
  • Ultra – Get your highest score before time runs out in this three-minute challenge.
  • Sprint – Clear 40 lines as quickly as you can.
  • Battle – Go head-to-head to knock out your opponents.
  • Power-Up Battle – Be the last person playing after using crazy power-ups! Go on the offensive with Carousel and make your opponent’s Well shift to the left after each move, or trigger Let it Rain and dump garbage down on top of them. Buzz Saw helps you out by clearing away a number of your lines – especially useful when you’re in a spot of trouble.

They sound fun enough, but it’s hard to get too excited about given that we already have Tetris Friends and Tetrinet and oodles of other free clones and variants on PC.

Developed by SoMa Play, Tetris Ultimate is slated to arrive this autumn.

Next-gen Tetris smoke.


  1. AshRolls says:

    Tetrinet still regularly features at our LAN parties… such a fun game.

  2. Nenjin says:

    At the bleeding edge of gaming, right here.

  3. Geebs says:

    Hang on, didn’t EA own Tetris the last time it was released?

    • KDR_11k says:

      Tetris is owned by “The Tetris Company” who then licenses it out to different developers over time. They also curate the official rulebook of Tetris which is why things like infinite spin are (or were? I haven’t followed it) standard.

  4. amateurviking says:

    Crafting, RPG elements, 8 different collectibles and a hacking minigame just out of shot.

    Also: guns.

  5. JD Ogre says:

    Strike 1: UbiSoft
    Strike 2: “Social” crap
    Strike 3: UbiSoft

    So no thanks.

  6. DumbparameciuM says:

    So there’s going to be a season pass, right?

  7. oyog says:

    “It also leaderboards… your friends”

    Isn’t that some kind of warcrime? I hope the UN doesn’t find out…

  8. DrScuttles says:

    Open world Tetris? Don’t give Ubisoft ideas. I’m sure they already have a vague outline for that.
    They came for his wife and daughter… this T-block has nothing to lose…
    “So exciting my heart stopped twice” – Geoff Keighly.

  9. Shodex says:

    I can’t wait to take 10 minutes logging into Uplay, through Steam, only to have Uplays servers be down or something. All so I can play a quick game of Tetris.

    Somehow I feel like link to or link to are my better options.

  10. fart says:

    So… a port of a 15-ish year old console game? Or am I just hallucinating that I used to play a multi-mode Tetris with up to 4 players on consoles back when the Dreamcast and Gamecube were being sold?

  11. rexx.sabotage says:

    no fusion or hot line tetris?

    bah, I stick to my crusty ol’ copy of Tetris Worlds

  12. Niko says:

    And here I thought I can wait with upgrading my PC. Damn you, next-gen games!

  13. Freud says:

    Perhaps if they add lense flares.

  14. sabasNL says:

    This doesn’t look ANY different from the last Tetris game published by EA.
    As a matter of fact, the EA one had a nice soundtrack and better graphics than this one has.

  15. The First Door says:

    Those modes… all sound awfully similar. Now I know that Tetris is Tetris, but there have been much more interesting modes in previous games.

    Having said that, I just want a decent Puyo Puyo game… or even the Puyo Puyo Tetris game they announced in Japan!

  16. Bluefox says:

    Well, damn. I saw the first screenshot, and I thought, “Neat! Playing four games of Tetris at once would be an awesome mode. I wonder how well it controls?”

    But I am left wondering. Maybe the far left one would use wsad, the left-middle use ftgh, the right-middle use jkil, and the far right use the arrow keys? Or is there a preferred control scheme for this kind of madness?

  17. freedomispopular says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, Tetris will never die.

    • Cantisque says:

      If anyone could possibly kill Tetris, it would be Ubisoft.