There are a lot of Battle Royale games that have come out over the past few years. Too many, some would say. Me. I would say. A lot of auto battlers have also surfaced since the release of the DOTA 2 mod from Drodo Studio last January. It was only a matter of time until the mashups began, and here we are. Ubisoft is creating an auto battler royale Might & Magic: Chess Royale, and fans couldn’t be more “ugh” about it. We don’t want our opinions skewed before we know what the game is, do we? Let’s take a look, then.
Might & Magic: Chess Royale is a 100 player auto battler, set in the Might & Magic fantasy verse. The royale aspects of it make me think more Tetris 99 and less Fortnite. You use units and heroes from that universe to battle your way to the last human standing after ten minutes. In order to facilitate this time frame the rounds are short and your starting HP is low. In the words of Ubisoft, “Lose quick, win quick!” Like most auto battlers, each unit is part of a faction and has unique abilities. Synergy then becomes important in order to win.
When games like this release, balance is always one of the first issues addressed. One faction may be wildly more powered than others, or one hero’s abilities could make it impossible to win without being in your party. Ubisoft will have to be quick on the responses to fan feedback. Players can be fickle, and there are plenty of options in the auto battler world to choose from. That said, it is always good to try something new. Check out the preview below.
When I said fans were displeased, I was referring to the response to the above video. Granted it is unlisted so won’t get the traffic of every fan, but the Might & Magic fans who have made their way to it have had some choice words to say. At the time of writing this the video has 20 likes and 217 dislikes. One of the friendlier comments read, “Look how they massacred my boy!”
It is important to take this with a grain of salt. We all know die hard fans of franchises on the internet are only really happy when they’re angry. I myself quite like auto battlers, and if the matches are as quick as they claim then I can see me giving it a shot.
Might & Magic: Chess Royale releases on January 30, 2020 on Google Play and the Apple App Store. For more gaming news you can keep up to date at Informed Pixel. Want to speak to the team and interact with other gamers? You can do so over on the Informed Pixel Facebook page or on the Informed Pixel Twitter account.