Well, Thank God, Someone’s Finally Making The Sequel To Chess

Well, Thank God, Someone’s Finally Making The Sequel To Chess

Next time you complain about Half-Life 3 taking forever, consider this: the modern game of chess is believed to have originated in 1575, and only now is Chess 2: The Sequel coming out. And it’s an Ouya exclusive.

The game is by Ludeme Games and David Sirlin, a designer and game theory author who has offered his own balancing of multiplayer fighting games in the past. Chess is inherently a multiplayer game and its moveset has been rather rigidly balanced over the past 500 or so years. The site for Chess 2: The Chessening (sorry!) pulls out quotes from chess masters speaking to this, complaining that the game is mostly made up of memorized openings, mathematical solutions, and matches repeatedly played to draw.

Chess 2: This Time It’s Personal (sorry…) will solve this, Sirlin says. It “relies much less on memorized openings and more on positional play. There are fewer draws, and the asymmetric gameplay with mutliple matchups keeps the game fresh and interesting from the very first move.”

It will feature six different armies (one of them is not the Civil War set from the Franklin Mint), instead of the standard chess set. That means Chess 2 will involve 21 different matchups. “Longtime chess players and beginners alike will rejoice that that this makes memorizing an opening book impractical,” Sirlin boasts. The game also adds a new win condition: Crossing the midline of the board with your king. “This makes the game very aggressive and practically eliminates draws from the game.”

Chess enthusiasts who are curious may see the rules of the game here. “It’s been designed so that it’s possible to play with a normal chess set,” Sirlin notes, so with those rules, you may practice before Chess 2: Electric Chessaloo (sorry, sorry, sorry) releases near the end of 2013.

Chess 2: The Sequel [Ludeme Games via Polygon]


  • There have been many attempts at updating chess already, look up 3D chess for example. No predecessor version has rivalled the original Chess though.

    • do you mean predecessor or successor – considering that Chess as we know it actually was a rather late revision to a series of older rule sets (see bishops as elephants, rooks as chariots, and queens as viziers with more king-like move limitations etc.)

  • Having the briefest of looks at the new rules, this is just a table top war game with Chess pieces?

  • I wish them all the best, and I hope their game is fun to play, but the honest truth is that this has been attempted before. Many chess variants have claimed to be the “new” chess.

    Who knows, maybe they’ll succeed in winning over the mainstream chess crowd – but I sorta doubt it.

  • While I applaud them for spicing it up, there’s a reason why chess and all its Asian variants have lived on for so many centuries. Two homogeneous sides playing by the same rules. This chess 2 sounds more like a table top game like Germinal mentioned.

    That said, yes, chess metagame comes down to memorisation of openings. For this reason, I view shogi to be the superior variant of all of them due to the ability to return captured pieces on the board. I don’t play at a very high level of shogi but to me, being able to do this pretty much cranks the variations up to 11 in comparison to chess.

    Now if you want a real brain breaker, try your hand at go (weiqi). That game is balls to the walls/over 9000 in terms of its metagame.

  • Call it what it is, a new game that borrows concepts from Chess, rather than trying to milk publicity with the sequel spin. It actually sounds interesting, but trying to pass it off as a Chess 2 just feels tacky and will turn people off.

  • I like the sound of it.
    Not so much the idea of just getting the King past the halfway mark how ever.

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