Checkmate! Chess Ultra comes to PS4 this spring with PS VR and PS4 Pro support

Sequel to 2012’s Pure Chess offers 4K and 60fps board game action

Hey everyone! I’m Kelly Willoughby, the lead producer at Ripstone Games. We’re a British developer and publisher, and we’ve got a whole bunch of PlayStation games in our repertoire. You might know the Pure series, including Pure Chess, Pure Pool and Pure Hold’em, or maybe titles like Stick it to the Man and Knytt Underground.

So here’s the deal: We’ve been secretly working on a brand new title created by our internal development team that we’d love to share with you today. We’re super excited to reveal that Chess Ultra, a sequel to our original 2012 hit Pure Chess, is coming to PS4 and PS VR this spring.

Chess? YES!

Chess Ultra is a massive step up from the original Pure Chess for the Ripstone team. Not only is the game going to be available in stunning 4K for PlayStation 4 Pro players, but PlayStation owners with a PS VR headset will be able to play the game in VR. We’re super excited about that, as you might have gathered! (And yes, you can use the PS Move controllers to play!)

Each of the Chess Ultra environments look absolutely stunning in 4K, as you can see from the surrounding screenshots and the teaser trailer above, and the chess sets themselves are just as slick.

We’ve worked really hard to make every inch of Chess Ultra shine and we think you’re really going to get the wow factor when you boot up the game. Running at a silky smooth 60 frames per second with textures beautifully rendered using PBR (physical based rendering) this really is something special. Developing the game from the ground up with our internal team has allowed us to make the most beautiful chess game ever seen!

Chess Ultra

And of course, there are all the features you’d expect from a top quality chess game, and plenty more on top of that. There’s a huge amount of single-player content, including ten different AI levels, multiple environments and a variety of stunning chess sets.

Once you’ve shown the AI what you’re made of, you can always take the action online, and play against friends and other Chess Ultra players from around the world. We’ve got plenty of game modes to keep you and your friends entertained online.

Check it out!

If you’d like to see the game in action right this second, you’re in luck! We’re currently hosting a special livestream on Twitch, where you can play Chess Ultra against a Grandmaster by entering chess commands into the chat, and also ask questions about the game.

That’s everything we’re ready to share right now, but rest assured we have some big surprises up our sleeves that we can’t wait to shout about!

As the first internally developed game for PlayStation from Ripstone Games, Chess Ultra is extremely special to all of us here, and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it this spring. Expect to hear from me again on the PlayStation.Blog very soon!

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Crisp visuals and definitely looks like a lot of love and effort went into this.
There’s something for everyone on PS4!

Kelly Willoughby 02 March, 2017 @ 15:17

Thanks for the kind words! We’re really excited to be sharing Chess Ultra with you all.

Sweet, can you do a Father Jack in VR and just punch the opposition when you lose lol?

Will this be proper real-time online multiplayer this time?

That ‘Play by Mail’ multiplayer was just bad.

Kelly Willoughby 02 March, 2017 @ 14:33

We listened to player feedback about the Pure Chess online mode and are confident that you will all be very happy with the new online functionality in Chess Ultra! As we developed the game from the ground up internally here at Ripstone, we have been able to create a new multiplayer experience that allows for seamless online play. Chess Ultra users will be able to play online together and see moves happening in real time.

I can’t for the life of me play Chess, would you consider Pure Draughts for PS4?

Kelly Willoughby 02 March, 2017 @ 14:08

We never say never! Also, there are tutorials in Chess Ultra to help new players get started. Are you up for the challenge? :)

nukualofaperson 27 February, 2017 @ 20:04

Twister VR is sorely needed.

“1500 years in the making”

And people complained that ‘The Last Guardian’ was making for too long.


I mean … it’s cool but it’s hardly ‘Ultra’. I could just use my chess board and have the same experience with IRL graphics/frame-rate.
Now, the same game but I am playing Chess on top of a volcano, mountain tops, submarine, etc … YES !

Kelly Willoughby 02 March, 2017 @ 14:03

I can’t say much more just yet but we have lots more to announce in the build up to launch, so stay tuned! You won’t be disappointed :)

Will there be a Harry Potters Wizard chess DLC ? :) would be cool in VR to see the pieces battle.

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