Rooks Keep: A new indie game


Rooks Keep is a game based on Chess, where players battle using brutal, animated pieces in a gothic, fantasy themed setting.

The blood, weapons and remains of the fallen litter the arena as players fight for glory in this barbaric take on Chess.

Knights decapitate, mighty Rooks smash their way through and Mages burst hapless Pawns like tomatoes. The etiquette of this game is sheer brutality!


Built using the UDK (Unreal Development Kit), the game is played in detailed 3D arenas and takes advantage of modern technology.

The game will feature several sets of pieces to choose from and a variety of alternative game modes to play in. Players will be able to play against each-other in multiplayer or they can battle it out with AI opponents.

This is just a start and there'll be more info and plenty more images and videos very soon!

Rooks Keep is still deep in development and we will continue to announce more features as they progress.

-Who is RuneStorm?:

RuneStorm is a small team of three brothers based in South Africa. We got started modding many years ago, but our first public mod release was "Ballistic Weapons" for Unreal Tournament 2004 in 2005. Ballistic quickly grew into one of UT2004's most acclaimed modifications. We later moved into Unreal Tournament 3, with the purpose of developing for the "Make Something Unreal Contest". With that we started work on "The Crucible" mod.

We won a total 10 prizes throughout the contest length, including two 1st prizes, and even made it to the finals.

Rooks Keep is our first commercial project, built on the technology we are most familiar with.

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Arn Richert 

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