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Ubisoft’s new Might and Magic game is a 100-player autobattler royale

It’s like auto chess, but on your phone, and against 99 other players

Might & Magic: Chess Royale Ubisoft
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Ubisoft’s Might & Magic: Chess Royale may be the weirdest genre mashup to come out in 2020, and we’re only 13 days into January. If the Chess Royale title isn’t self-explanatory let us be more clear: it’s an auto chess game where you play against 99 other people, like a battle royale. And it’s on your phone.

Chess Royale pulls heroes from the popular Might & Magic universe, and players can combine units or use heroes to win each match. Like most autobattlers, all heroes have their own unique abilities, as well as factions. It seems players will draft heroes, set up a chess board, and play one-on-one battles with different players in the 100 player pool until one player is the last standing.

If you’re familiar with either autobattlers or battle royale games, you may be wondering about the time commitment for Chess Royale. According to Ubisoft, the game will only take 10 minutes to play — based on its rules of “lose quick, win quick.”

The new trailer for Chess Royale (seen above), shows off the game’s look, heroes, and chess board. Chess Royale comes to Android and Apple devices on Jan. 30, and is available for pre-order on both the Android and iOS app stores.