If you like videogames, it is possible that more than one of your friends is hooked to the title of the “auto chess” genre, also called “auto battler” ” auto chess “, also called ” auto battler ” Perhaps you are enjoying one of these games, such as Auto Chess Mobile or DOTA Underlords, in which the classic approach to chess evolves into pitched battles where strategy is just as important as action and chance.
It all started with Valve, DOTA 2 and a small studio called Drodo, which in January 2019 released on Steam ‘Auto Chess’, to mod that radically changed the original game. This mod was a success. In the month of May, ‘Auto Chess’ already had 8 million users, and 300,000 simultaneous players, almost half of those who log in to DOTA 2.
From that success, something changed in Valve’s relationship with Drodo. Valve has developed DOTA Underlords, his own version as a complete game of the already famous mod, while Drodo flies alone and has also published his own mobile chess, with the name that encompasses all this genre. Following his example Riot Games prepares Teamfight Tactics, bringing its League of Legends franchise to the new format.
The approach to auto chess is simple: the player places a series of characters, which have been given to him in a random way at the start of the game, on a board divided into squares similar to chess. Hence the component ” chess ” of the name, and from that moment appears the “auto” element, since the characters will move and attack the rivals automatically.
Given this randomness, since each character belongs to a class or gender and shows peculiar abilities, the games contain an important element of chance. This makes them tremendously exciting, even if the player does not intervene directly in the action of the board. The pieces also enjoy their own level of rarity, and you can also improve their level, which improves their performance. As if they were not enough, these characters can be equipped with different weapons and objects, which we will generally obtain as rewards in our games, and with which we can balance their weak points.
With these ingredients, the chess is establishing itself as one of the most played genres, and in a model to be imitated by hundreds of developers.
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