Back in February British indie developer Ripstone Games announced virtual reality (VR) compatible board game Chess Ultra, due to be released for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR this year. Today, the studio has confirmed a launch date and released a brand new trailer showcasing a previously undisclosed feature, a game with the Grim Reaper.
As you may expect Chess Ultra is about one thing the classic, centuries old game of chess. Not content with providing just your average chess videogame, Ripstone Games has added a wealth of features, whether you’re new to the game or an experienced pro.
Featuring high-resolution 4K environments, Chess Ultra has in-depth tutorials to start newbies off, learning what piece does what and the myriad of tactics that can be used. Matches can be played either locally or online, with cross-platform support available as well as time controls, including Classical, Blitz and Marathon.
There are over 80 chess puzzles to complete, and for those well versed in the game, ten grandmaster approved AI levels are included to really test those skills out. Additionally, Chess Ultra includes full Twitch integration so that matches can be viewed online and invite fans to play against their community. There will also be official Ripstone tournaments to spectate and compete in.
Lastly there’s the Grim Reaper – seen right at the end of the trailer – specifically for VR. Players can challenge Death in the pits of Gomorrah, putting their mortal soul in jeopardy. Play well and he’ll get angry, his eyes burn with rage and the lava will flow ferociously. Lose, and he’ll reach over and take their soul.
If you want to see the Twitch integration in action, Ripstone is hosting a livestream on Twitch at 4pm BST time on 7th June, where viewers can play Chess Ultra against the team and ask questions about the videogame.