If you’ve ever wanted to play chess in glorious 4K, or occasionally thought of yourself as a Russian Grandmaster, then Chess Ultra has today got you covered.

Making the most of the Xbox One X capabilities, Ripstone Studios have confirmed that Chess Ultra will now come with 4K and HDR visuals in place. We should find that they go supremely well with the seamless multiplayer that is already there.

Alongside that news though and we see the arrival of a brand new downloadable content pack with the Chess Ultra Academy Game Pack paying tribute to the long chess playing Russian tradition. Delivering simple but beautiful chess pieces that have been inspired by the rarer sets made in the town of Kholmogory which is famous for its talented Russian chess carvers, the Academy Game Pack will give you the chance to play chess like the most famous of Grandmasters. It’ll set you back £4.79.

Ripstone have also promised that another new free Easter Island chess set will arrive in the weeks approaching Christmas. It’ll be free forever and we’ll make sure we let you know as soon as you can grab it.

If you haven’t played Chess Ultra on Xbox yet, then you don’t know what you are missing. Our full review is here, whilst the game features all of the following plus a ton more…

  • Stunning environments and beautiful chess sets displayed in striking 4K
  • 10 Grandmaster approved AI levels
  • Comprehensive time controls, including Classical, Blitz and Marathon, all available online
  • Intuitive local and online multiplayer with ELO ranking system
  • Cross-platform online play between console and PC
  • Spectate and compete in Official Ripstone tournaments
  • Over 80 chess puzzles
  • Re-write the past by winning the biggest historic matches
  • In-depth tutorials

DLC Description:

The Academy Game Pack is a tribute to the long and noble chess playing tradition in Russia that has produced some of the greatest players of all time, and literally thousands of Grandmasters. Russia is synonymous with chess, it is deeply embedded in Russian culture, and has been in their DNA since first arriving from the Middle East in the 9th century. The beautiful but simple chess pieces are inspired by one of the rarer sets made in the town of Kholmogory, famous for its talented Russian chess carvers. The location is inspired by the academies that produce so many great players and host elite tournaments. Follow in the footsteps of the Russian Grandmasters that played in the halls of the academy and immerse yourself in Chess Ultra.

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