Chess 2: The Sequel for Ouya aims to shake up classic strategy

Indie developer Ludeme Games has announced "Chess 2: The Sequel," a twist on the classic game with six armies, new win conditions, and a dueling mechanic.

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Chess has been remixed numerous times over the years, with Battle vs. Chess and Ben Foddy's Speed Chess. However, one plucky studio has nabbed the best title of them all. Indie developer Ludeme Games has announced "Chess 2: The Sequel" for Ouya, coming later this year.

The official site (via Polygon) outlines what Ludeme is bringing to the proverbial table. It adds six army types instead of just one, for a total of 21 possible match-ups. Ludeme claims that making the armies asymmetrical makes for a more strategic game, since it's less about memorizing opening moves and gambits. The page doesn't detail the pieces in the new armies, but the screens show pieces like elephants and tigers.

Chess 2 also adds a new win condition, achieved by crossing the mid-line with your King. That also makes for a gamble, since getting closer to the opposing army puts him in greater danger. Finally, it will introduce a double-blind bidding mechanic called "dueling" that requires you to study your opponent's habits.

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    July 22, 2013 1:45 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Chess 2: The Sequel for Ouya aims to shake up classic strategy.

    Indie developer Ludeme Games has announced "Chess 2: The Sequel," a twist on the classic game with six armies, new win conditions, and a dueling mechanic.

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      July 22, 2013 1:55 PM

      There have been dozens (at least) of variations on chess. How presumptuous to call yours not just Chess 2, but to add the unnecessarily redundant subtitle, "The Sequel". But no, nevermind. I'm sure chess enthusiasts will be lining up around the block for Ouyas to try the long-awaited true heir to a centuries old game.

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        July 22, 2013 2:03 PM

        Battle Chess is the true sequel to chess.

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          July 22, 2013 2:05 PM

          Wrong, starcraft is the true sequel to chess.

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            July 22, 2013 2:07 PM

            Paper, Scissors, Rock is the Citizen Kane of Chess

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              July 22, 2013 6:03 PM

              I think you meant , Rock, Paper Scissors

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              July 23, 2013 3:07 PM

              I heard that in the prequel they go into detail about the microscopic lifeform that allows the queen to move in any direction.

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        July 22, 2013 2:07 PM

        I think that's the joke.

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          July 22, 2013 2:37 PM

          The article and site both seem to contain no subtle humor that would suggest this. The site even has this confusingly contradictory paragraph.

          There are thousands of variants to chess, but only one has claimed the title of sequel. Chess is the timeless classic. Is it even possible to improve on it?

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            July 22, 2013 2:40 PM

            dear god....I think you might be right. this makes it even funnier.

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        July 22, 2013 2:21 PM

        Chess 0: The Prequel

        aka checkers

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      July 22, 2013 2:46 PM

      Not as many fake penises in this chess I see

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      July 22, 2013 6:17 PM

      about time. i still love chess but the graphics are getting hard to stomach. i would just be happy with an HD remake of the original but i guess that wont be for awhile now that we are getting a sequel. wonder if Chess 2 will be moddable? someone might make a Chess 1 mod in the new engine, that would be cool, kind of like Morrowblivion and such.

      now that i think about it im looking forward to this. IMO Chess 1 was pretty revolutionary for its time and im hoping that now the license is back in play, we can get something interesting and innovative.

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      July 23, 2013 4:30 AM

      Chess 2: The Sequel... so there's a Chess 2: 1? Or is it supposed to be Chess: The Sequel, or just Chess 2?

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