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Rooks Keep
Genre: Action, Strategy
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Oct 9, 2012 @ 4:48pm
Jan 26, 2016 @ 7:48pm

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Rooks Keep greenlit! Big thanks to everyone!
Source code available
Release date: June 14 2013
Deathmatch. Pretty graphics. Multiplayer & AI. Decapitation.

Rooks Keep is available to buy right now!

Also, download and try the free playable demo here:
Download demo on IndieDB

Descend into a brutal tournament where factions of sinister knights and grotesque beasts battle for domination in bloody arena matches and furious melee brawls. Crush opponents with hammers and shields, rend flesh with razor sharp claws and slice off heads with swords and axes.

In Rooks Keep, players will maim their competitors in both a selection of deathmatch-arena game-modes such as 'Deathmatch', 'Team-Deathmatch', 'Conversion', 'Chess', 'Last-Man-Standing' and 'Combat Chess'. Play solo, jump into multiplayer matches, or add AI opponents to squash under-foot in both single and multiplayer. You can even use 3rd party Chess engines, such as Stockfish, which is included with RK.
The game is set in a uniquely styled fantasy world, where factions battle ceaselessly for your entertainment.

To be clear, Rooks Keep is a deathmatch arena game featuring Chess as one of the game-modes.

**Update responding to feedback in the comments**
Regarding Chess implementation in Rooks Keep. We should have been clearer, and we're still learning things, but Chess can be thought of as a game-mode for the game. Like you have 'Deathmatch', 'Team-Deathmatch' and 'Conversion', you also have 'Chess'. The game itself can best be thought of as "UT with swords" rather than Battle-Chess (which I've never played). Chess and Combat Chess are simply game-types alongside the others.

Key Features:
  • Unique and detailed gothic-fantasy themed environments.
  • Deathmatch arena based gameplay across various free-for-all and team game-modes.
  • Combat system based on various attacks, parrying, blocking, upgrade-able skills and more.
  • Classic and Combat Chess game-modes.
  • Detailed characters, complete with unique personal animations, effects and an expansive gore system.
  • Online and LAN multiplayer and AI support for all gametypes.
  • 3rd party Chess engine support.
  • A wide selection of maps.
  • Mod support with editor.
  • Rooks Keep is running on the powerful Unreal® Development Kit™ from Epic Games™.

Rooks Keep is currently running the crucible of private beta-testing, and we're working hard to polish it up and finish it off. We'll have dates, system requirements and more soon, hopefully :)

Be sure to follow development of Rooks Keep and our other endeavors from these fine sources:
Popular Discussions View All (8)
Jan 1, 2014 @ 11:37am
This game looks excellent
Gold Pride | RIP Aniki ;_;7
Jul 12, 2014 @ 1:06am
Finished with Viscera Cleanup onto Rooks Keep?
Mar 11, 2014 @ 8:59am
whats about that game does is it ever get released on steam
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Plaid Jul 18, 2014 @ 5:56pm 
3 people probably shouldn't be trying to tackle 2 games so, yes, they are to blame.
Who else would be to blame?
tomas Jul 15, 2014 @ 12:15pm 
SIM EU SOU INCEL COMO DESCOBRIU? Jul 12, 2014 @ 9:46pm 
+1 for Linux, please ;D
roder Jul 12, 2014 @ 1:05am 
We're just stating our interest for the game, and turns out they're bringing it to EA soon. I'm pretty sure our rallying has done more to motivate them. Do understand that its been months with no response or update, you can understand the developer's situation, well understand the fan's situation as well.
Cosmik Jul 11, 2014 @ 12:10pm 
Rooks Keep will be release soon on Early Access :

Stop blaming the developers. They're only 3 and they're working on 2 different games at the same time.
markbro Jul 4, 2014 @ 2:54pm 
So umm... aparently Runestorm Games ignores ALL of the support we've given them.
xyberKnight Jun 1, 2014 @ 3:15pm 
Just got this game on Shiny Loot in the daily sale, can't wait for it to get greenlit. Best thing since old school Battle Chess!
Plaid May 12, 2014 @ 11:07am 
Don't even bother. They seem to completely ignore the people that voted to get them on Steam in the first place.
Toobs May 7, 2014 @ 8:06pm 
can we get some sort of news on this game? like when it will actually be released onto Steam? this was one of the very first Greenlight Bundle games i ever bought, and its still the one im looking forward to the most. it's been nearly a year since i bought it, and many many months since it was Greenlit, and everything about it seems to just be silent. Viscera Cleanup Detail has been developed and released in the meantime, whats going on with Rooks Keep, which, is much more amazing of a game than Viscera Cleanup Detail by far. let us know, please.
JUJU ON THAT BEAT Apr 26, 2014 @ 3:28pm 
How come vescura is on steam but this isnt?