Introducing Chess Ultra; the most breathtaking chess game ever made. Experience stunning 4K visuals, seamless online multiplayer, Grandmaster approved AI and full VR compatibility.
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Mostly Positive (45 reviews) - 75% of the 45 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 21, 2017

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July 4

Update: Bug fixes and Tournament Rule Changes

Hey everyone,

First things first.. the whole team here at Ripstone would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has been in touch with us since Chess Ultra launched. Your support has been amazing and we’re incredibly grateful for your feedback. We want to make Chess Ultra the best it can be, and with your support we’re confident that we’re well on our way to doing just that!

This morning we launched the first update for Chess Ultra, which addresses a couple of reported issues and also made some changes to the way tournaments play out. Here are the update details in full:

- Amended end game camera
We’ve slowed down the end game camera to make celebrating a win (or crying over a loss) that little bit easier on the eyes.

- HUD timer
There is now a timer built in to the HUD for every game played using a time control.

- Missing Tutorial Text/Missing Localisation
All tutorial text will now be visible! Fixed an issue that was causing text to disappear for certain users. We have also added in the two missing Russian/Dutch messages from the tutorials too.

- Sneaky ELO comma
A wild comma found its way into the main menu as part of the ELO ranking display. It has now been banished.

- The Ripstone phone is on silent
The vibrating phone in Mulholland has been silenced, so no more buzzing.

- Official Tournament capacity display
The capacity of the official Ripstone tournament will now be displayed in the tournament menu, so it is clear to see when a vacant slot is available.

- White AI bug
Fixed an issue that was causing the AI to play repetitive opening moves when playing as white.

- Tournament Rule Change
There has been a delay to tournament proceedings due to inactivity, so there is now a 72 hour (3 day) limit for making a move when playing a tournament game. This will help to keep things moving and to get through each round more efficiently. We've also removed the in game timer that is currently used in official Ripstone tournaments to make way for this 72 hour time limit. We're confident that this will improve the tournament experience and are looking forward to seeing the Ripstone Summer Tournament start moving again!

A couple of things to be aware of, if you were playing in a tournament and hadn’t made an opening move/had been inactive for over 3 days, your position will now have been forfeited since the update went live earlier today. But this does mean that there may now be some vacant spaces, for anyone that didn’t manage to jump in the first time around!

We’re here to listen to your feedback, so please let us know of any issues on the discussions page, or email us at

Thanks as always,

Team Ripstone

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June 21

Chess Ultra is Out Now

Hi everyone,

Chess Ultra launches today for PC, HTC Vive and Oculus and we’re super excited to finally share the game with you all. We’ve worked incredibly hard to create the ultimate chess experience, with 4K graphics, authentic AI levelling and full (optional) VR compatibility and we hope that you love it as much as we do. Whether you’re playing to enjoy the 4K environments or jumping straight in with a VR headset, there really is something for everyone.

We’re here to listen to your feedback, so please let us know your thoughts and any ideas you may have for future updates. This is only the beginning for Chess Ultra, so jump into a game and start improving your ELO ranking, there are tournaments to win!

Thanks as always for your support,

Team Ripstone

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“Sure, chess in real life is cool, but you haven't f*cked with chess until you've experienced the untamed fury of CHESS ULTRA”
900/Chess – Pedestrian

“This is some epic sh*t, people”

“Chess will always be chess, but with its glorious presentation and wealth of options, Chess Ultra is a Queen in a genre filled with Pawns.”
9/10 – God is a Geek

About This Game

Introducing the most breathtaking chess game ever made.

Chess Ultra injects the greatest strategy game of all time with a modern twist; offering the ultimate chess experience with stunning 4K visuals, Grandmaster approved AI and full VR compatibility.

  • Stunning chess sets and beautiful environments
  • 10 Grandmaster-approved AI levels
  • Intuitive, overhauled local and online multiplayer with ELO ranking system
  • Comprehensive time controls, including Classical, Blitz and Marathon, available online
  • Cross-platform online play and leaderboards
  • Spectate and compete in Official Ripstone tournaments
  • Demonstrate your skills in over 80 chess puzzles
  • Re-write the past by winning the biggest historic matches
  • Export portable game notation (PGN) for every game, locally and online
  • Full Twitch integration invites you to play against your community
  • Play in VR and immerse yourself in the Chess Ultra experience
  • In-depth tutorials to help improve your game

With full Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support, play Chess Ultra in VR for the most breathtaking chess experience to date. From the wood grains on the antique mahogany board in the library, to the luxury felt on the bottom of every chess piece; chess has never looked this good. Physically reach out to make your move and focus entirely on the game at hand.

  • Compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
  • Use Oculus Touch or Vive controllers to reach out and move the pieces
  • Immerse yourself in beautiful, ultra-realistic environments
  • Change your perspective of each environment by standing to get a better view
  • Take the most extreme chess challenge in Gomorrah. Will you survive?

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD 6750
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This will ensure the game will run at 1080p at 30fps. These specifications do not reflect VR, see Recommended Requirements for more details
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.5+ GHz Quad core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Gerforce GTX 780 or 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: This will ensure the game will run at 1080p at 60fps. These specifications do not reflect VR, an NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070/1080 or AMD equivalent will be required to experience 90 FPS on a HTC VIVE or OCULUS RIFT
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