The Epic Games Store may lose another PC exclusive game to Steam in the near future if recent leaks are any indication of what’s to come. According to a listing that recently got some interesting behind-the-scenes updates, Automatic chess, one of the games that helped kick-start the auto-battler genre, is reportedly coming via the Steam platform. This is one of the games that is supposedly a lifetime exclusive on the Epic Games Store, but since a Steam version hasn’t been formally announced yet, it’s unclear why it would be coming to the platform now, as opposed to some other time.
Proof of Automatic chess coming to Steam was spotted via a SteamDB list that referenced the game multiple times in a period of updates. On November 15, the Automatic chess name was added to the list alongside a description calling it “Original Mobile Auto Chess”. No specific release date has been added, but it’s getting the trailers and screenshots expected for listings like this and is said to be “coming soon.” References to Dragonest, the developer of automatic chess, were also made during the updates. However, trying to visit the store page currently displays a regional error message.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of auto-battlers, they combine the general idea of chess with units that have specific abilities and are compatible with other pieces. Players move the units to spots on the board to adjust their strategies accordingly, but once battles begin, they play with no direction from players, so it’s purely a genre of strategy (and sometimes a bit of luck).
“Auto Chess is the original auto battler game co-developed by Dragonest Co., Ltd and Drodo Studio, and published by Dragonest Co., Ltd,” said a preview of this particular auto battler. “Since the launch of Auto Chess, it has made a significant impact all over the world with its brand new gameplay mode and strategic competitive features. It has also attracted tens of millions of players around the world. Each player can compete against other players from all over the world play around the world via the internet and enjoy a whole new strategic competitive experience.”
Other versions of the genre include Dota Underlords and Teamfight Tactics from which arises Dota 2 and League of Legends, respectively. While Automatic chess should indeed be largely attributed to the beginning of this genre, its competitors have since outgrown it in terms of players.