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Chess finally gets a sequel

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Chess 2 (Credit: Ludeme Games)

Over 500 years after its debut, chess is finally getting a follow-up.

This time, though, it's skipping your local games stores and going directly to the Ouya.

According to developer Ludeme Games, Chess 2: The Sequel (seriously, that's what it's called) "improves" the game of kings, revamping what it considers chess’ biggest problems.

"The gameplay unifies all that is great about chess with aspects from modern game design while fixing problems in the original that have long frustrated grandmasters and amateurs alike," the company says. "Compared to chess, Chess 2 relies much less on memorized openings and more on positional play."

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It turns out that means making some pretty big tweaks. Rather than just a single army to choose from, for example, there are now six, giving players 21 possible matchups.

Want to win the game without checkmate? Chess 2 includes new rules that involve moving your king across the midline of the board in an effort to increase the aggressive nature of the game. Also, there's dueling, which is intended to do away with those memorized opening moves.

The video game version of Chess 2: The Sequel won't be out until the end of the year. And while it's launching as an Ouya exclusive, that's a short term play and could be available on other systems by mid 2014.

The good news, though, is you don't need to wait months to start playing. Chess 2 uses the same pieces at the original chess, and Ludeme has made the rules available for free so people can begin to get acquainted with them.

While this purports to be the first real sequel to chess, Ludeme isn't the first company to try and improve the game. Back in 1907, Dr. Ferdinand Maack created one of the first three-dimensional chess boards, which shook up the game (and set the table for Star Trek’s tridimensional take.)

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