Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced that it is releasing Chessmaster LIVE on the Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
"Bringing the Chessmaster series to Xbox LIVE Arcade makes the game accessible to a whole new audience," said Peter Helm, business development associate at Ubisoft. "Chessmaster LIVE is not only a comprehensive chess program, but it is also one that has expanded beyond the traditional game to include exciting features for fans, both old and new."
Chessmaster LIVE will feature:
- Hundreds of AI opponents to play in ELO-ranked matches
- Voice-chat and LIVE Vision capabilities for head-to-head matches
- New 3D chess sets inspired by luxury board designer, House of Staunton
- Five original chess variants, including the all-new Message Chess option, which will allow players to engage in a match over the course of days, weeks or even months
Chessmaster LIVE will be available for download in January 2008.
Ubisoft will also be publishing Chessmaster for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, scheduled for a worldwide release in Spring 2008.