Check Mate to Konami

Konami of Europe has announced it is to publish Konami's Chess Battle for the PlayStation Portable system in autumn 2006. Hailed as the definitive Chess simulation, Konami's Chess Battle also includes a number of new gameplay modes and wireless connectivity, allowing users to play each other with ease. The classic game is also brought to life with 3D visuals, with extensive animated battle sequences used to show as key pieces are taken, Queens are lost and the King is finally cornered. Konami's Chess Battle also features a story mode, which offers the player the choice of five different Chess sets.

Set in an ancient world, five distinct regimes are vying for tactical supremacy over their foes. These factions - magicians, an aquatic race, cybernetic beings, forest spirits and servants of chaos - are represented by different Chess pieces and use different animations to show them taking and losing pieces. The story mode also features hidden story elements that can be unlocked by completing pre-set tasks.

In addition to the 3D option, Konami's Chess Battle allows users to view the game in the more traditional 2D, top-down view, and hardened players will revel in the 'Speed Chess' option which ups the pace and move all the pieces on the board at once. The game uses the PSP's 'Ad Hoc' and 'Infrastructure' modes to facilitate multi-player tournaments via the Internet, and players can participate in a single match or enter an online tournament which will track the ratings of the world's best players.

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