Ubisoft has announced the latest contender for the auto chess throne. It’s based on the long-running Might & Magic series, and they’re calling it Might & Magic: Chess Royale. Yeah. On the upside, it’s going to be free and it’s going to be released in two weeks. It’s going to launch on PC, Android and iOS. Some players already got their hands on the early access version, which means you can already see the game in action, which is exactly what we did.
Aaaaand it’s pretty much Dota Underlords with a new skin. The UI has been remixed a bit, some stuff works differently, but if you’ve played Underlords, you’ll feel right at home here. The skin they’re applying to it is rather bland, as is anything to do with M&M since it fell into Ubisoft’s hands, but that’s a matter of taste. You might actually like how the hydra looks like a gang of underfed earthworms. Why anyone would take a vibrant and colorful universe like the Might & Magic one, then decide the best possible key art for it is Orlando Bloom from the Kingdom of Heaven poster, is absolutely beyond me.
But not everything is so grim. For instance, they’re claiming that matches will last about 10 minutes. That’s pretty amazing if you can’t take forty five minutes out of your day to focus on something that cannot be paused. In fact, this feature alone has made me declare it the best auto chess game even before it’s out. I don’t need to hear any more – if it’s respectful of my time, then I’m all for it.
Here’s a video of some guy playing the game in early access, if the words “prety much Dota Underlords” weren’t a good enough description for you.