Battle vs. Chess gambit set for September 28

TopWare Interactive inserts life bars, combo systems into ancient strategy game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC later this month.

Chess has existed for centuries unchanged, but that doesn't stop game designers from wanting to breathe new life into it. The next attempt to update the time-tested board game will arrive later this month, as SouthPeak Games today announced a September 28 release date for Battle vs. Chess on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

This loathsome king is using his queen as a human shield.

Developed by Topware Interactive and Gaijin Entertainment, Battle vs. Chess includes traditional interpretations of the game, as well as dramatically overhauled takes featuring video game staples like life bars and combo attacks. Purists will be able to pit themselves against the Fritz 11 chess AI, get tips and move-by-move advice from the game's tutorial, and make their way up a ranking system.

Those who want an overhauled take on the game will be able to work through the game's Battle mode, in which the pieces come alive as fantasy archetypes and skirmishes are decided by a brief beat-'em-up fight sequence. The pieces in this mode will be competitively balanced similar to the real game (so a queen will have a significant advantage when facing pawns), but health bars that carry over from one fight to another will allow for players to work attrition into their strategies. Other variations include "madness placement," where the pieces are randomly strewn about the board to start, and a puzzle mode.

The console versions of Battle vs. Chess will sell for $40 at launch, while the PC edition will be available for $20. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Inconnux
Inconnux

Stockfish is rated the #2 engine and is free. As for being better than humans, there are many that are far better than humans.

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

@Inconnux Isn't stockfish better than Fritz 12 as well? Aren't all of them (Fritz 11 included) FAR better than the highest rated human?

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

An interesting looking game with a chess twist. Love the real game of chess hope this game plays well and gives an interesting twist on a great board game. Will watch further reviews.

Inconnux
Inconnux

I will pick this up for my PC, but am disappointed that it uses the older Fritz 11 engine (Fritz12 is out). Even the free StockFish engine is FAR better.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

this isn't a new idea games like these have been made for the last twenty years and certainly this game isn't gonna do much to make the idea more approachable to players... *yawn* next....

buft
buft

damn i dont think i could stomach $40 for a chess game, i possibly would have picked this up for $20 on a console if it was an xbla or psn title

Zilched
Zilched

I'm not sure this game will have much staying power, the good Chess players will get bored with animated moves and the need to stop and fight, and the novice will shy away when they get their head handed to them by those (including the Fritz program included) who can play. So while it may look cool and have variations I'm not sure how long anyone will play it after the novelty wears off.

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

@TheMelv Yup, that's exactly what Battle Chess was. It was cool and all, but I always thought that, in a game with the name "Battle Chess", you should be able to control the fight. This game has that, and I'm stoked for it! @Yuck_Too Knight v Knight FTW!!! Best one of the kill animations! The rook ones were pretty good, too. Always liked seeing a rook bash a pawn on the head, like the little peons they are!

TheMelv
TheMelv

Sounds like way more than Battle Chess. Wasn't that just normal chess but with with cool sprite animations? This game mentions "combo attacks" and "life bars." Personally, I'd always dreamed of Street Fighter Chess where you choose particular characters for each piece but there would be handicaps depending on what piece each character was and which was piece was taking. IE: a pawn could only survive against an offensive queen by getting a perfect. I heard MK did something like this as an extra a while back but I never played that one.

Witchsight
Witchsight

Ive never paid for a chess videogame. But if the pieces fight each other and i get Cheevos for it? I just might! (if its cheap)

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Battlechess was so funny to play...knight takes knight ala monty python...lol

Nefarious13
Nefarious13

Guys, $40 on consoles? Please. I would pay $29.99. Not getting my money.

Hermes33
Hermes33

So is this like the old Commodore 64 / Amiga game Battle Chess?

lamprey263
lamprey263

Kind of pricey, would have made an excellent $10 downloadable title for XBL/PSN, maybe $15 tops. And I was quite satisfied with Chessmaster Live. Besides, for games like this (at least when I was in grade school) I'd always choose my moves off of what would make a cooler animation battle, not what was better strategically, and the layout is rather distracting. Still though, I'd be willing to try this, maybe if it was purely for nostalgia, as I used to love Battle Chess many years ago... though why is it called Battle vs Chess, this is obviously a modern day Battle Chess, are they just trying to skirt rights issues?

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

pc edition for $20 .. awesome .. my son will want this

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I'd gladly pay full price for an updated version of Battle hess Online. If we can "trick" this new generation of gamers into liking chess, i'd be happy.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Well, I'm probably gonna buy it. Years ago I was part of the Stormy Knights; a group that performed "Living Chess Matches" and Renaissance Fairs. This is the closest thing I've see yet to a video game version of what I actually used to do. I'm sold.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

$40 for chess on consoles?!!! I know there are chess games on XBLA and probably PSN. This WILL NOT sell.

yaba
yaba

So is this like the old PC game Battlechess?

maverick_76
maverick_76

It depends, I have Chessmaster for my PC already and if this does not add more to the mix then I won't buy it. And what I mean by that is if it gives me HD graphics, a large amount of fully realized sets and boards to choose from and a compelling alternate mode then I will think about adding it to my collection.

droned
droned

Hehee. PC edition will be half the price as console.