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'Chessmaster' Announced For PS2

by Thomas on Dec. 5, 2002 @ 4:17 p.m. PST

Ubi Soft Entertainment today announced that it is developing a version of Chessmaster for the PS2. Chessmaster for PS2 offers novices and experts alike a full curriculum to elevate their game, while introducing them to the fun and strategy of the game of chess. The title is expected to ship to U.S. retail stores in March 2003.

"Chessmaster for the PlayStation 2 is an invitation for console gamers to experience the thrill of chess as they build their skills and unleash the Chessmaster within," said Tony Kee, vice president of marketing for Ubi Soft Entertainment. "With Chessmaster, you can play by yourself against personalities of all strengths, from beginners to grandmasters, or you can connect via Sony Online to find a willing and worthy human opponent anytime."

About Chessmaster for the PS2:

Chessmaster for the PlayStation 2 brings a grandmaster-strength engine, the strongest ever in a console product, to the PlayStation 2 platform. With opponents of every skill level from beginner to grandmaster, anyone can find a challenge that matches their abilities, or inspiration to become a master. Chessmaster for PlayStation 2 also has a library of tools to elevate your game, including the complete tutorial content from Josh Waitzkin and renowned chess coach Bruce Pandolfini as found in the Chessmaster 9000 PC product. With an entirely new interface specifically designed to take advantage of the PlayStation 2, the new controls make Chessmaster easy to play and fun to learn the secrets of chess.

Chessmaster for PS2 Features:

  • Chessmaster Championships - A new series of tournaments offers a challenge for players of every skill level. As players improve, they are rewarded with special events and new opponents.
  • Powerful Tutorials - The complete set of Chessmaster tutorials from celebrated chess coach Bruce Pandolfini and International Master and chess celebrity, Josh Waitzkin.
  • Handicap Matches - Provides an easy, elegant and fun way to balance games between players of unequal skill.
  • 3D Chess Battlefield - Includes a special 3D chess set that features fantasy characters such as, orcs, elves, knights and monsters that animate as they move on a checkered battlefield.
  • Player Statistics - Players can measure their growth and improvement using tournament results, tutorial and drill statistics. A tool that anyone can use to measure growth as a chess player.
  • Dynamic Playing World - In real life, chess players have good days and bad days and in Chessmaster this applies to the AI opponents as well. Player ratings will vary in a more realistic manner.
  • New Chess Sets - A variety of 3D chess sets tailored to the PlayStation 2.

About Chessmaster

Since the first version of appeared for the PC in 1986, Chessmaster has been the dominant chess franchise in the world, selling more than 5 million units and winning numerous awards. Chessmaster for PlayStation 2 builds on the strong foundation of its predecessors by adding many new tools to help players master the game of chess, while offering console gamers the ability to play one of history's greatest games. With a number of multiplayer capabilities for both on and offline play, and AI opponents for every level of skill, Chessmaster for PlayStation 2 offers an anytime challenge for anyone interested in the game of chess.

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