CATAN Console Edition is coming to PlayStation and Xbox

CATAN Console Edition

Fans of board games now have a date to mark on their calendars: CATAN Console Edition will be released on Tuesday, February 28th, on both PlayStation and Xbox. Pre-orders will be available from February 3rd, with early access beginning on February 23rd for those who pre-order. A new behind-the-scenes video released by Dovetail Games shows the game in action, revealing a thriving, animated board and aesthetic true to that of the hugely-popular original board game.

Studio Producer Natalie Dodd explains:

“Anyone who is familiar with CATAN can look forward to how we’ve brought this iconic board game
to life,”

“We aimed to provide authentic gameplay that fans know and love while retaining the essence of
the board game in our digital iteration. We can’t wait to see Catanians playing from the couch and
online. Both new players to the game and CATAN fans will really enjoy the immersive experience.”

When CATAN – Console Edition, developed by Nomad Games and published by Dovetail Games, was announced last year, gameplay and strategy were key elements in making Console Edition authentic,
with a dynamic single-player AI and the ability to track resources on your smartphone both
highlighted as core features.

A host of other features are included, relating to single-play, couch multiplayer, and online multi-player. The dynamic AI comes in the form of individual AI characters that very much look the part within CATAN’s distinctive visual style. They’ll have their own gameplay strategies, some are more willing to trade, some less and some play more proactively than others – just as some do playing the physical board game!

Couch multiplayer forms part of the release, with only one console required to play with up to four friends around the TV and the ability to track resources on a smartphone even without the need to install an app. Offering enjoyment with friends and family has been a key part of developing the game for the console. Cross-play has also been confirmed for online multiplayer, bringing together fans of CATAN from both PlayStation and Xbox platforms.

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Regardless of gameplay mode, players will become immersed as explorers on the island of CATAN, with islanders, including the numerous sheep, populating hexes and working away to gather each of the five resources: brick, grain, ore, wool, and lumber. Ships float in the Harbours, smoke rises from the chimneys of Cities, and the Robber is waiting to take resources away. Players can zoom in and see all the action up close, or play in the traditional ‘top down’ view for an overall look at the board.

Both established fans of CATAN and those new to the strategy game will soon be able to enjoy a new and unique way of outsmarting friends and strangers alike.

CATAN – Console Edition:

Developed by Nomad Games and published by Dovetail Games, will be released for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One consoles on February 28th. The title, releasing with both Standard and Deluxe editions, is now available digitally on the PlayStation® and Microsoft Stores for wishlisting, with pre-orders going live on February 3rd

. CATAN – Console Edition:
Deluxe will include 5 previous CATAN World Championship board layouts from the real-life competition!


Jim Smale

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