If you enjoy the odd virtual reality (VR) boardgame or two then you’ll have probably been keeping an eye on developer Experiment 7 and its upcoming title Catan VR which the studio announced work on in September. Scheduled to launch this holiday season, the studio has now opened a call for players to sign up to a closed beta.
A joint project between Catan GmbH, Catan Studio, Asmodee Digital and Experiment 7, Catan VR remains true to the classic, but optimised for VR. Gameplay involves players taking the role of settlers who need to establish colonies on the islands of Catan, acquiring resources to build infrastructure and roads whilst engaging in trade with other players, all with aim of growing large enough to get the ten victory points needed to win.
Featuring both single-player and multiplayer online modes, up to four people can play against one another, whether they happen to be on Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR. They are the only two headsets confirmed so far but Experiment 7 has said additional VR platforms will follow.
“The first time I saw Catan on the Magic Table, I was fascinated by what VR has to offer,”Catan creator Klaus Teuber previously said. “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.”
The Catan VR closed beta is free to sign up to, simply head to the Experiment 7 website and enter an email address.
The studio specialises in VR boardgames having already released Dungeon Chess and Magic Table Chess for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Catan VR and Experiment 7, keeping you up to date with the latest announcements.