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January 19, 2020 8:00 PM UTC

Might & Magic Chess Royale Is the Most Insane Game Ubisoft Has Ever Made

Might & Magic Chess Royale is the trend-chasing gaming mashup nobody wanted. Does Ubisoft have no shame?

  • Ubisoft has announced another mobile title in the Might & Magic series.
  • Might & Magic Chess Royale will marry the battle royale and Auto Chess genres.
  • This is clearly another step in Ubisoft’s plan to milk the franchise of all the money they possibly can with terrible phone games.

Chasing trends is just part of the gaming industry. It happened with the MMO genre, then with first-person shooters, and we all know what Fortnite did to battle royales. Ubisoft seems to finally be taking trend-chasing to its logical conclusion with Might & Magic Chess Royale.

As you can probably guess from the title, Might & Magic Chess Royale is a combination of two distinct genres. It seeks to marry battle royale games with Auto Chess. If you’re thinking “that sounds mental,” then you’re not alone.

Might & Magic Chess Royale Will Make You Lose Faith in the Franchise

Might & Magic is a classic series. I have many fond memories of it – even of the disappointing titles! I began to have my doubts when Ubisoft announced that awful mobile game. But after this, it’s clear they’ve dived off the deep end with a Scrooge McDuck-style cash grab.

What’s ironic is that this trend-chasing strategy is doomed to fail. There are two reasons for this:

  1. The people who popularized the trend are doing it better than you.
  2. All trends die (eventually).

The battle royale feature is bad enough, but the fact that Might & Magic Chess Royale tries to chase after auto battlers like Auto Chess just adds insult to injury.

Whoever came up with this idea deserves a real pat on the back. Taking two popular things and mashing them together? I’m sure that’s never been done before.

This just looks like Auto Chess, but with 100 people playing against each other at the same time. | Source: Ubisoft

The Gameplay Looks Completely Ridiculous

What’s even worse than the shameless trend-chasing is how terrible the gameplay looks.

It’s a straight-up Auto Chess rip-off, but it pits 100 people against each other in quick succession. This isn’t a new game; it’s barely even a new game mode.

By the time your franchise has descended this low, it’s time to admit that you need to give up. It seems like Ubisoft has officially settled into the nice, comfortable territory of pumping out mediocre mobile games for easy cash.

Another one bites the dust.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

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Last modified: January 22, 2020 11:38 PM UTC

William Worrall @mizushinzui

William Worrall is a professional writer based out of the UK who has been writing about video and tabletop games for over a decade and has covered industry events such as EGX and UKGE. Contact him at: william.worrall@ccn.com

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