SouthPeak Games announced today that its inventive strategy game Battle vs. Chess will ship to retailers on September 28, 2010. Developed by TopWare Interactive and Gaijin Entertainment, Battle vs. Chess redefines what chess is and can be. Although the ‘classic’ game of chess remains at the core of the game, players will experience not only the pieces on the board coming to life through fantastic animation in a battle between darkness and light, but also innovative new game modes, puzzles and story-driven campaigns. These twists offer players a range of challenges delivering a strategy game experience like no other.
Battle vs. Chess includes new variations in piece placement such as ‘Madness Placement’ where pieces are randomly placed all across the board and ‘Tactical Placement’ in which pieces are manually placed by the player pre-game, only becoming visible to the opponent once the game starts. Battle vs. Chess also includes over 50 puzzles and scenarios which can be found in a full-featured Campaign Mode and a bonus Puzzle Mode. Finally, Battle vs. Chess includes several modes which challenge players to throw the traditional strategies of the game out the window and defeat one another in full-on head to head battles in ‘Slasher’ and ‘Duel’ modes.
Battle vs. Chess brings to the table, a full-fledged tutorial system for new players and the utilization of both the Fritz 11 chess engine and a corresponding real-world ranking system. It is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and comes with a suggested retail price of $39.99 for consoles and $19.99 for Windows PC. Maybe now I can finally get a good chess game.