Chess! Magic! VR! Play this age-old Game of Kings against the best strategic mind in the Kingdom - a master tactician and chess paragon unlike any other. Word is he has never been defeated... Will you rise to the challenge?
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Sep 1, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The game is already viable as a standalone product, but VR is a fledgling industry and input from the community is invaluable to make a good game great. There are some game features I believe would benefit from community involvement.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Only a few months, if all goes well.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Multiplayer support is the main feature that I wish to implement before I am happy to make this a full release. Additional features on the table are extra locations and AI opponents. If time permits, I hope to add these before a full release, but they may be added in a future update instead.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Magician's Gambit is already a superb single player chess experience. At present, gameplay against a single AI opponent in a deserted tavern setting is supported. Chess logic is powered by the Stockfish Chess Engine, a very strong and highly regarded engine. A large range of AI difficulty is available - adjust the difficulty to suit your competency, from beginner to levels that few, if any, human players would be able to beat. Powered by Unreal Engine 4 and delivering graphic fidelity rarely seen in a chess game, Magician's Gambit is polished to a high sheen in this Early Access version.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Probably, yes. With the addition of Multiplayer (and hopefully the extra planned content), I believe a price increase would be warranted.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I'm hoping to get feedback on VR gameplay, controls, difficulty level and additional features that I did not prioritise for the initial release. There may even be some features that, depending on scope, could be later added in DLC if not feasible in the first release.”
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Notice: Requires one of the following virtual reality headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Valve Index. See the VR Support section for more info.
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About This Game

Magician's Gambit is a virtual reality makeover of Chess, a game that has captivated players for centuries. Experience one of the world's favorite games of strategy in a beautifully rendered fantasy world where magic is the norm, wielded with just a flick of the wrist. You won't find any stylised icon interfaces here - this is the way chess against an AI is meant to be played. Even though it is still in Early Access, this is an exquisitely polished single player game. A full release is planned for the inclusion of multi-player gaming. Featuring numerous levels of difficulty, this game will pose a challenge for players of all abilities, from beginners to grandmasters. With graphics rendered in Unreal Engine 4 and AI powered by the Stockfish Chess Engine, Magician's Gambit provides plenty of eye candy for casual gamers whilst still providing a real challenge for serious chess players.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Intel i5-6400 equaivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 or AMD R9 290 equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: VR Headset (Vive or Rift) required
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7-6700
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 480 equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Touch / Motion Controllers recommended for VR

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