Microsoft has another Xbox Live double header coming tomorrow with Catan leading the charge. Catan is a recreation of the European board game, Settlers of Catan, where players arrive on an island and seek to colonize it. Big Huge Games, who also develops the Rise of Nations games, took the task of converting Settlers of Catan from a board game to an Xbox Live title. They added in features such as online play through Xbox Live and a tutorial to familiarize new players with the rules.
Also coming out tomorrow is a double game package with two remade Atari classics, Centipede and Millipede. Both games have the original arcade versions and new “evolved” modes with upgraded graphics. You can get the Centipede/Millipede package for 400 points, but your money is probably better spent picking up Catan for 800 points.
Legendary board game “Catan” arrives on Xbox LIVE Arcade
Brush up on your plans for expansion and hone your trading strategies because “Catan” is coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 this Wednesday, May 2 at 0900 GMT (2:00 a.m. Pacific).
“Catan” from Big Huge Games is the Xbox LIVE Arcade edition of the legendary multiplayer board game Settlers of Catan. With over 10 million units sold, Settlers of Catan is one of the most popular board games to hail from Europe, and has been translated into twenty-five languages from the original German.
“Catan” for Xbox LIVE Arcade puts players in the role of colonists on a newly discovered island, where they vie for control of valuable territory and resources through strategy and trading. The game can be learned in just minutes, but will challenge players of all skill levels, even the experts!
Klaus Teuber, creator of the original Settlers of Catan board game, had this to say about the collaboration with Big Huge Games: "I had no doubts that Brian Reynolds would do a great job, and the first version of the game exceeded my highest expectations. The AI is so clever that I even lost several games in a row! Hands down, this game for the Xbox LIVE Arcade is an amazing achievement."
“Catan” will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points and is rated E for Everyone.
Learn As You Play tutorial, making the game instantly accessible even to players who have never played “Settlers of Catan” before
All New 3D "Living World" Board
Play against any combination of 13 historical personalities such as Alexander, Cleopatra and Tokugawa, which provide a range of play styles and difficulty levels that will test players’ wits and strategy
Fans of the board game will enjoy the inclusion of popular house rules like Friendly Robber and Friendly Resources
Multiplayer gameplay over Xbox LIVE for up to 4 players
The ability to taunt opponents with engaging animations and use emotes to compliment (or belittle!) the opposition over Xbox LIVE
Voice Chat enabled
Earn up to 12 Achievements and 200 Gamerscore points