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Battle vs. Chess

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: TopWare Interactive (EU), SouthPeak Interactive (US)
Developer: Gaijin Entertainment
Release Date: Sept. 28, 2010 (US), Fall 2010 (EU)

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'Battle vs. Chess' (ALL) Also Coming to PC, Gets Delayed

by Rainier on May 27, 2010 @ 4:58 a.m. PDT

Chess, the unrivaled champion of strategy games, has been attracting players of all ages for countless centuries. Battle vs. Chess takes up the mission of adapting the time honored classic for the 21st century, seeking to breathe new life into the beloved game without abandoning the essential concepts that have made it so enduring.

Battle vs. Chess brings familiar chess pieces to life as richly detailed 3D models, with players seeing the spectacular results of their actions in their quest for domination of the board.

The traditional white and black armies have evolved into an army of light with their brave knights in shining armor pitted against the wicked dark army of demons and beastly golems. Each piece is intricately animated and as players move them around the board they spring into life, ready to wage war. If a square is occupied by an enemy unit, they enter into a brutal clash that sees the foe removed from the board in bloody combat.

Battle vs. Chess brings the classic strategy game of chess into the modern world of gaming by maintaining the essential qualities that have made this game timeless while making it more accessible for new audiences,” said Melanie Mroz, SouthPeak Chief Executive Officer. “Similar to our strategy to build on popular titles, we see this exciting addition to our portfolio as a game that offers a built in user base and adds another key strategy game to our already robust portfolio. Using one of the most sophisticated chess algorithm engines in the world, we look forward to making this animated version a classic among our catalogue offerings of retail and digital downloads, where we continue to see a significant growth opportunity.”

Another evolutionary element Battle vs. Chess brings to the arena is the addition of the optional Action Mode. If selected, instead of entering a scripted animation when attacking, players challenge their opponent in a beat-‘em-up style encounter. Using a variety of weapons, fighting techniques and combos, players must best their opponent in a fast-paced flurry of blows and special moves – adding a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘checkmate.’


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