The phenomenon of the year, the auto battler Auto Chess, will arrive on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in early 2020, according to the game developer, Drodo Studio, and publisher Dragonest Games.
The news was released by Dragonest Games CEO Loring Lee in a fan meeting organized by the Auto Chess Mobile Party portal. The game started as a mod of the MOBA Dota 2 and, after the failure of the acquisition agreement by Valve, the title was released from the cumbersome name to become a standalone mobile game for iOS and Android.
Several other games inspired by this mod have emerged since then, such as Valve’s own Dota Underlords, Riot Games’ Teamfight Tactics, and Tencent’s Chess Rush. There is also a PC version of Auto Chess in beta and will be released exclusively in the Epic Games Store at the end of 2019.
However, as anticipated, the console version will have several unique features. There will be, for example, an in-game voice chat function for team modes, and a 4v4 game mode. Players will be able to watch the games and save previous games.
Other updates will include a tournament feature for large groups of players, from 32 to 64. If the matches are already eternal with eight players, then the games could probably last for days.
The idea of Dragonest Games, in short, seems to be to focus on a market not yet reached by the picky Riot Games or Valve. Could it be the winning move, considering that the Switch version for sure will be more accessible thanks to the touch screen?
At the moment everything remains in the field of pure speculation, even if the potential of a car battler console is really many, even in the competitive profile in which Auto Chess seems to focus particularly.