Despite the odds I’ve never actually played a game of Settlers of Catan, one of the world’s most renowned and most popular board games. One winter when I was in college my roommates, one of my roommate’s girlfriends, and I were all basically snowed in at our apartment with nowhere to go and they played Catan for what felt like an eternity. Over and over. I was too busy raiding in some MMO probably, but I’m fully aware of the excitement and rivalry the game inspires.
Soon, fans will be able to enjoy Catan like never before: from within the immersive realm of virtual reality. You can see a brief teaser announcement trailer below that doesn’t show any actual screenshots or game footage:
The game was announced today at PAX West during a VR panel. Catan GmbH, Catan Studio, Asmodee Digital and VR developer Experiment 7 are all teaming up for the project. You might remember the name Experiment 7, because they’re the folks behind the Magic Table Chess game and platform.
“The first time I saw Catan on the Magic Table™, I was fascinated by what VR has to offer,” said Catan creator Klaus Teuber in a prepared statement. “The game I made in our living room with my family 25 years ago in Virtual Reality? It’s incredible. I never imagined actually stepping into the world of Catan when we first started making cut-outs and dreaming about exploring new lands.”
Catan VR is set to release this holiday for Gear VR and Rift with “additional platforms to follow” according to the press release. Are you a big fan of Catan? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below!