Loring Lee, CEO of Chinese developer Dragonest, has told fans that Auto Chess will be coming to a Switch near you in 2020. Lee made the announcement at a fan event in Toyko and according to Gematsu's translation of an article on PC Watch, he's keen to get new players involved in the super popular online strategy game.
Beginning life as an auto-battling mod for Valve's Dota 2, the original mod was a huge success which caused Valve themselves to jump on the auto-battling bandwagon with Dota Underlords, and other developers have been following suit. The standalone version of the original Auto Chess (without the Dota branding) is already available on mobile devices and is scheduled for PC (via the Epic Store) this year, but that version will now be joined by a Switch release (as well as PS4) next year.
If you haven't heard of the game, it's an eight-player, last-man-standing online multiplayer affair that's been incredibly popular for a while now and has broken into the realm of eSports. You collect cards and arrange formations on a chessboard and it sounds like a perfect fit for Switch.
Here's an extract of official blurb from the game's App Store page that gives the uninitiated more a taste:
Players will build their own economy system and use unique units to fight against each other in a 8 player last man standing scenario. Pit your strategy skills against 7 other players at the same time and proof your skill to adapt your stragies in real-time. ImbaTV will manage Auto Chess' global esports tournaments. No matter where you're from, you can challenge the top players from all over the world. The world's top Auto Chess eSports league is waiting for you!
Excited to get auto-battling on Switch next year? Have you played this on mobile or with the original mod? Let us know with a comment below.