Settlers of Catan is coming to virtual reality this year

Iconic board game Settlers of Catan is coming to virtual reality. A new version is being developed by game studio Experiment7 — which previously created a pair of VR takes on chess — with feedback from the original minds behind Catan. The VR game, which is coming to both Oculus Rift and Gear VR and called simply Catan VR, is described as “true to the classic, but optimized for virtual reality” with “a fresh, fully-immersive format.” Unfortunately, right now the creators aren’t showing off what the new VR title looks like, though it appears that it will feature both a single-player and online multiplayer component.

Catan was first released as a physical board game back in 1995, and slowly built up a huge following as people became drawn to the concept of creating and expanding settlements. It’s sold more than 20 million copies and been ported to multiple digital platforms, including consoles and smartphones. There’s even been talk of a movie. “The first time I saw Catan on the ‘magic table,’ I was fascinated by what VR has to offer,” creator Klaus Teuber said in a statement. “The game I made in our living room with my family 25 years ago in virtual reality? It’s incredible.”

The VR edition of Catan is expected to launch this holiday season. And while it’ll debut on the Rift and Gear VR, there will be “additional VR platforms to follow.”

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