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Posted on Feb 8, 2007 in Games PR

PR: Catan Announced by Big Huge Games

Armchair General

Catan Announced by Big Huge Games

TIMONIUM, MD –

As announced at the recent Leipzig Games Convention, Settlers of Catan, the legendary board game from the mind of Klaus Teuber, is coming to Xbox Live® Arcade on the Xbox 360™. Developed by Brian Reynolds and Big Huge Games, “Catan” is slated for release in Q1 2007.

Catan places the player in the role of colonists on the newly discovered imaginary island of the same name. Through strategy and trading, 3-4 players vie for control over the valuable territory and resources of this uncharted wilderness. With ten million copies already sold, “Settlers of Catan” is the rare board game that appeals to casual players as much as hardcore enthusiasts.

Catan for Xbox Live Arcade continues the tradition of great gameplay and easy accessibility. Players compete online with their friends from around the world or choose from up to 6 dynamic computer personalities. The game features a robust AI developed in a landmark collaboration between Klaus Teuber and Brian Reynolds, designer of Civilization II and Rise of Nations.

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“I’m a great fan of Settlers of Catan, having personally played at the tournament level. We jumped at the opportunity to create a version for the millions of gamers on the Xbox 360,” Brian Reynolds says of the title in development. “The design is so elegant you can teach someone to play in minutes and then spend years trying to master it. With our expertise in interface design and artificial intelligence, it seemed like a natural fit for the project!”

Klaus Teuber, creator of the original Settlers of Catan boardgame, 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".

For more information about Catan and the latest screenshots, please visit www.catanlive.com.

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