Fool that I am, I had assumed that, following a bumper 2019, the autobattler and battle royale genres couldn’t really go any further. It turns out that this was almost cripplingly naive, as Ubisoft has now announced a horrifying combination of the two.
Last night, the publisher revealed Might & Magic: Chess Royale. Aside from being a fairly egregious use of that particular license, the game is a 100-player autobattler, featuring many elements that we’ve come to expect from the likes of Dota Underlords and Teamfight Tactics. But while those games allow people to gather their strength over time, Ubisoft has opted for a fast-paced, last-man-standing approach.
Despite the number of players involved, Ubi says it’s based Chess Royale around ten-minute matches, meaning you won’t spend ages gradually bleeding out while you wait for that all-important unit (although I don’t think that’ll make falling at the final hurdle any less painful). Exactly how all this will come together remains to be seen, but we won’t have to wait long to learn more - Chess Royale releases at the end of the month on mobile and PC, meaning you can kick off 2020 in exactly the right-stroke-wrong way.