Playing a game of chess in virtual reality sounds extremely cool for some people, but very dull for others. If you are one of the former, then you might want to get excited for Chess Ultra. The title, from developer Ripstone Games, is coming this spring to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it will also be available for VR platforms like the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift and the PlayStation VR headsets.

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You can check out a trailer of the game in action below, showcasing its graphics, which are based on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4:

The game is actually a sequel to Pure Chess, which Ripstone released in 2012 and has since been made available on a variety of platforms. Chess Ultra has been built from the ground up to support the latest gaming systems, including HDR visuals and textures that use PBR (physically based rendering), so you should have a realistic looking chess experience.

The developer isn’t revealing much about Chess Ultra at this point, but it did say that the game will have 10 AI levels for its single player mode, along with a number of multiplayer modes. It will also include integrated Twitch support, so you can quickly live stream your tense chess matches with everyone else in the world.

It should be interesting to learn how Chess Ultra supports its three VR headsets, and if there will be any special VR-exclusive features. Will we be able to see our hand reach out to move a knight on the board and see the other player’s avatar across from us while playing the game? Hopefully we will get those kinds of features.

What do you think of Chess Ultra, and will you be playing it while wearing a VR headset? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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