Ripstone Games is doing something a lot of other companies aren’t doing: making a casual game that people can play just for the heck of it and have fun. That’s right, fun seems to be on the back burner for a lot of companies who make games, but not Ripstone. They’ve decided to take it back old-school and give gamers something worthwhile to play on home console, PC or their VR headset. They’re working on a 4K tabletop chess game called Chess Ultra, which is due for release sometime later this year during the spring.
The game is currently in development for PC, Xbox One, PS4 and for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Although, with the ZeniMax lawsuit there’s no telling if the Oculus Rift version will end up getting banned like refugees from Syria trying to get into America.
Chess Ultra is Ripstone’s follow-up game to their multi-million selling high-fidelity tabletop sim Pure Chess.
One of the core tenets of the game is establishing a zen atmosphere for both casual and competitive play. This is accomplished with some amazing visual effects. You can see what the game looks like with the 4K trailer below.
Visually Chess Ultra is a magnificent looking game that focuses on giving gamers relaxing environments, unique chess pieces and a classic game to play that will both ease your mind and challenge your wits.
Pure Chess was easily one of the more popular casual games that came out a while back. We don’t get many games that just focus on relaxation and fun. So many games these days are either quick cash-ins by indies looking for a fast handout, AAA publishers looking for a fast handout, or a bunch of studios producing clone games.
Chess Ultra is built on the Unreal Engine 4, provides gamers with 10 different AI level difficulties for players to battle through in single-player, as well as challenge other players in online modes with ranked and unranked play. The online modes include ranked, regular, Fischer and Marathon matches.
Additionally, Chess Ultra sports integrated Twitch support along with full VR support. You can look for the game to land on VR headsets for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR, along with a release on home consoles and Steam starting this spring.
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