This Chess Trailer Is Ludicrous

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How do you sell a chess game in 2017? Answer: be epic as fuck.

Chess Ultra is a new game due out this week for PC and VR, and the basic idea: make chess as goddamn epic as humanly possible. We're talking chess in the most Old Man, Whiskey Drinking room you can think of. Chess with pieces whose eyeballs are on FIRE. Chess by the sea. Pieces getting smashed in slow motion.

This is some epic shit, people.

The slow-motion gets me every time. Besides the tutorials, AI and 4K support, Chess Ultra also lets you play chess against the Grim Reaper. Where you can see your soul ripped out of you in VR if you lose. And if you start beating the reaper, lava starts flowing and bubbling in the background.

Chess Ultra is out on Wednesday. No word on whether you can watch the World Chess Championships by the Reaper's side, though.


    Pft, it's no Battlechess! :p

      Logged in to say this.

      Seriously.. How has noone made a modern battle chess yet.

      There would be serious money is making generic game pieces... Then having themed army DLC

        I'd buy it, if even just for nostalgic reasons. I don't really like chess, but I loved Battlechess.

          I don't like chess, either, but I bought an Amiga for Battlechess, FFS.

        They already did make two of them - Battle Chess: Game of Kings, and Battle vs Chess

    Store/market with skins for the pieces incoming. They could make a F loads of money from micro transactions!

    its like crusader kings but for chess..

    Disappointed the flames in the eyes didn't go out after the pieces got knocked over.

    You had me at chess, and sealed the deal with the epic Moonlight Sonata track.

    Hope they don't skimp on the single-player storyline

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