Dragonnest’s own take on a standalone Auto Chess is coming exclusively to the Epic Games Store, per the PC Gaming Show. The news was brought to us by Dragonnest CEO Loring Lee, who appeared on-stage briefly during the show to talk about Auto Chess, alongside a brief look at some new gameplay. Now without any overt references to Dota 2, the Dragonnest Auto Chess spinoff was born after the Chinese publisher opted not to partner with Valve to make an official version of their popular mod. Considering the explosive popularity of the Auto Chess game mode, we’ll see more from Dragonnest’s version before long.
What’s more, the team at Dragonnest confirmed that they will be working with the creators of the original mod on the Epic Games Store version. Other information was scant, including a release window. Indeed, while the Epic Games Store has a page live for Auto Chess, the new trailer is mysteriously absent. Considering the meteoric rise in popularity of the formerly free game mod, it seems unlikely that Dragonnest would want to sit on their own version for long. It’s also unclear if Auto Chess will be free to play, much like its competitors.
The explosion of Auto Chess in recent months is best summed up by a tweet from Giant Bomb’s Ben Pack:
2 months ago there was 1 game – Dota Auto Chess, a custom game mod for Dota 2. Now there's:
Dota 2 Auto Chess (Dota Mod)
Dota 2 Auto Chess Mobile
Dota 2 Auto Chess PC (Epic Exclusive)
Dota Underlords (Valve's official DAC) and now
League of Legends Auto Chess.
— Ben "Ben Pack" Pack (@PackBenPack) June 10, 2019
Yes, if you hadn’t seen the news, Riot Games, makers of League of Legends, are offering their own take on Auto Chess with Teamfight Tactics, set to drop in a patch later this month. So, if you’re not a fan of Epic Games Store or the Dota Heroes, then you’ve got at least one other option to choose from. Auto Chess has no release date, but is set to come to the Epic Games Store “soon.”
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