Chess Club For Oculus Quest launches July 1, pre-orders available now
Chess fans rejoice, because your VR prayers have been answered. Chess Club is bringing the classic game to Oculus Quest next month, with pre-orders available now.
Chess Club will launch on July 1 for Quest, but is available for pre-order now and will be available a few days before the early access release from June 29. Odders Lab are the developers behind the game, which also released the rhythm game. OhShape on Quest, PC VR and PSVR last year. Odders Lab says Chess Club will also release on Steam for PC VR, but there is no set release date for this version at this time.
The game supports play against a friend (with voice chat and avatar features) or against an AI with multiple difficulty levels. There’s also an online multiplayer mode with casual and ranked options, as well as different time rules for matches that include “bullet, blitz, classic, real-time, and asynchronous.” You won’t be limited to controllers either – hand tracking support will also be enabled on Quest headsets.
At launch, there will be 2 environments to play in – Grand Palace and Stonehenge. The former is described as a “classic room with the official Staunton chess pieces”, while the latter is “a magical setting inhabited by fantastical creatures and mighty warriors with unique combat animations and sounds”. The developers say more environments will arrive in future updates, alongside a “chess school” that will offer professionally designed lessons with guidance for all levels of players, from beginner to veteran.
According to the Chess Club FAQ, all games are asynchronous, meaning you don’t have to complete them in one session. If someone disconnects, the game will pause and you can resume at any time.
Chess Club will be available on Quest for $14.99 on July 1, but a 10% discount is available for those who pre-order the game before it hits Early Access on June 29.