We’re nearing the end of this console generation, and it was one ripe with different types of games which hit their stride. Some soared to absurd heights of popularity and quality though, which is why they made our list of five video game genres that took off this generation.
Easily one of the most recent genres to take off on this list – and one of the most recently minted genres in general – auto chess has seen a surge in popularity thanks to some exceptionally popular new offerings.
Following the release of a mod for Dota 2 in 2019, the genre exploded in popularity thanks to its simplistic premise and ease of access. Most anyone could hop in and throw their own eclectic assortment of units at their opponent, and win or lose based on dumb luck or careful strategizing with what was provided to them by RNG.
Big publishers like Valve and Riot quickly offered up their own take on auto chess, and today it’s a popular genre thanks to the array of options for players and the relatively low barrier of entry for anyone and everyone.
It’s still anyone’s guess whether it’ll prove a fad or not, especially given how recently the genre even emerged. All the same though, few will be able to forget how quickly and aggressively this genre planted itself on gamers’ collective consciousnesses.