Ubisoft Ships Chessmaster
November 3, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO – November 1, 2004 – Ubisoft,
one of the world’s leading video game publishers, today announced
that Chessmaster® is now available in North America for the Xbox
video game system from Microsoft. Chessmaster is the first chess
program available for Xbox where players will be able to improve
their chess skills. Chess fans will be able to challenge other
players and receive a player ranking via Xbox ® Live™. Chessmaster
is rated “E” for Everyone, with Mild Fantasy Violence, and is
available at a suggested retail price of $19.99.
From players who are new to the game of chess to tournament-level
champions, Chessmaster will help everyone master history’s greatest
game. Beginners will enjoy the easy-to-use interface for smooth
navigation through basic opening moves and winning chess strategies.
Players interested in improving their skills can receive extensive
advice from International Master Josh Waitzkin at the new
Chessmaster Academy. More advanced players will appreciate receiving
instructions on the best attacking chess moves from Grandmaster
Larry Christiansen. Chessmaster will give players the opportunity to
challenge over 100 AI-controlled opponents and teach them to avoid
costly mistakes with specific advice in Blunder Alert mode. As
players encounter more challenging opponents, they can receive quick
hints and have the option to join more than 60 predefined
tournaments or customize a tournament of their own.
Chessmaster provides features for all levels of play and makes the
game of chess fun for the whole family. Younger players will enjoy
the large variety of 3D chess sets, some of which include whimsical
animations. Whether they’re practicing for a live tournament or
learning to play chess for the first time, Chessmaster will provide
great fun for everyone.