The board game Settlers of Catan is becoming a free-to-play multiplayer app, Catan Universe, for Android and iOS on November 15.
Catan Universe is already available on PC. All versions will feature crossplay, meaning that iOS users can compete against PC players, for example. The mobile release is launching with the base game, the Cities and Knights add-on, the Seafarers add-on, and the Rivals for Catan introductory card game. You can buy the base game and all add-ons for a one-off in-app purchase, or you can access them temporarily with in-game scrolls.
The Steam version of Catan Universe has “Mostly Negative” recent reviews, with many players complaining that the game is not really free-to-play and contains bugs.
The Settlers of Catan board game first released in Germany in 1995. It has since sold more than 22 million copies around the world. Asmodee Digital and Experiment 7 are working on a virtual reality version of the game.