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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

PARIS - June 20, 2019 - Asmodee Digital, a leader in digital board game entertainment, is proud to announce the release of CATAN, the most influential modern board game created by Klaus Teuber, on Nintendo Switch. The game has been developed in cooperation with USM, publisher of multiple digital CATAN games.

CATAN leverages all the benefits of the Nintendo Switch™ system while providing players with the full CATAN experience. A cornerstone of board game design, CATAN is easy to learn while offering a lot of strategic depth. Every decision counts as players are challenged to settle the island of CATAN, by building the greatest network of settlements and cities on the island.


We are delighted to bring the masterpiece of strategic board games to Nintendo Switch. It will certainly appeal to those who play the board game while also engaging new audiences, combining the best of the deep decision-making and entertainment of the original board game with the unique features of the Nintendo Switch,” said Pierre Ortolan, CEO of Asmodee Digital. “By combining our unique digital expertise and board game roots we aim to provide an immersive experience that honors the legacy of CATAN and transports the beloved classic into the digital era”.


CATAN, the Masterpiece of Strategy Gaming


The island of CATAN is an uninhabited land rich in natural resources, an area that multiple settlers must vie to control. To gain supremacy over CATAN, players must build settlements, roads and cities on strategic locations. They must also use careful diplomacy, trading resources with others to compensate for scarcity or allocation differences.


For added variety and challenges, CATAN players can experience a unique campaign mode with numerous scenarios, each with a unique scenario and three levels of difficulty. As showcased by the launch trailer, they can enjoy a modern take on the classic CATAN style and choose from various board pieces, profiles and table designs, with the added comfort of a digital user interface.


An online mode* that includes leaderboards, allows Nintendo Switch Online players all over the world to compete in order to become the greatest settler of CATAN. Players can join the competition while enjoying the game in TV mode or on-the-go with the hand-held mode.


Content and Expansions


The Seafarers Expansion is included in the base game, allowing players to set sail to explore the magnificent islands of CATAN. Uncharted lands await the most intrepid settlers while new gameplay elements, such as building ships and the addition of pirates, offer new opportunities to explore.


The Cities & Knights Expansion, aimed at advanced players, is available now as a separate purchase, bringing the golden age of trade and prosperity to CATAN. The wealth of the region has attracted barbarians, and the knights of CATAN will be needed to repel the invader. Players must unite and defend the island of CATAN against a common enemy, while simultaneously competing for the control of cities and metropolises.


* Nintendo Switch Online membership and Nintendo Account required for online play.


Availability and Prices


CATAN, featuring the full main game and the Seafarer Expansion, is available now on Nintendo Switch for $19.99.


The Cities & Knights Expansion is sold separately for $5.99.


PR Visual Assets


Launch trailer available here.

You will find all the visual and PR materials available here.


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Media Contacts

fortyseven communications: Rabeeah Patail, [email protected]

Asmodee Digital: Cosma Nicolau, [email protected]


More information about Asmodee Digital on: Web, Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


About Asmodee Digital

Asmodee Digital, a fully owned subsidiary of the Asmodee Group, is an international publisher and distributor of digital board games with operations located in Europe, North America, and China. Asmodee Digital manages the creation, design, development, publishing, and marketing of board and card games on leading digital platforms – spanning mobile, PC, Mac, virtuality reality and consoles – for Asmodee studios as well as for third-party publishers. The current Asmodee Digital catalog includes best-selling digital games such as CATAN VR, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Splendor, Agricola, Mille Bornes, Pandemic, Small World 2, Mr. Jack London, Colt Express, Mysterium, Potion Explosion, Onirim, Jaipur, Spot It! Duel, Abalone, Ticket to Ride First Journey, CATAN Stories, Talisman, Fighting Fantasy Legends, Smash Up and digital versions of many other well-known board games.


About CATAN GmbH

CATAN GmbH is based in Germany and specializes in the development and licensing of entertainment concepts. The company's focus is on developing and marketing the world-renowned CATAN family of board and card games. CATAN GmbH's works closely with its trusted publishing and development partners, particularly CATAN Studio, Asmodee, Kosmos and USM, all of whom share a creative, cooperative and comprehensive strategic vision regarding the CATAN brand development.


About CATAN Studio

A fully owned subsidiary of the Asmodee Group, CATAN Studio serves three roles: (1) as the global English-language publisher of analog CATAN games; (2) as a principal content developer and publisher of CATAN stories, events, and merchandise; and (3) as a developer of digital products based on CATAN stories.


About Exozet

"We make millions of people smile." That is our mission - and our motto when we develop digital products and services for and with our customers. Innovative solutions that inspire - now and in the future. For this we rely on creative methods such as design sprints and ideation workshops and an agile development process. We work as a team with our customers and focus on the users - right from the start. We started in 1996 and today we are around 150 digital experts from all over the world. We accompany our customers with a great deal of passion and innovative spirit, from brainstorming through prototype development to the finished solution. We burn for mobile and immersive technologies and increasingly rely on virtual and augmented reality as well as digital games, mobile and NewTV applications. But also complex web platforms and video management systems are part of our long-standing expertise. We work primarily for customers in the automotive, media, sports and finance sectors. These include renowned companies such as Audi, Asmodee Digital, BBC, Deutsche Telekom, Freenet TV and ZDF. Our head office is in Berlin - in the former Tempelhof Airport. With a magnificent view of the former airfield. We also have offices in Hamburg and Vienna.


About USM

United Soft Media Verlag (USM) is a digital publishing company of software, audio books, and particularly high-quality games. In its games section, USM focuses on board game adaptions, like CATAN Universe, Legends of Andor or Ubongo, as well as adventures and educational games for different platforms. The company has been established in 1994 as a software publisher. USM entered the app market in 2008 and it’s highly successful CATAN adaptations have been enjoyed by millions of player since then. Besides many years of experience in software and game publishing for iOS, Android, Nintendo 3DS, PC, and Mac, USM’s recipe for success is the high-quality content in combination with a high degree of both user-friendliness and techniques. The high demands we make on cultural, educational, and design aspects have been attested by numerous awards.


2019 Digital game published by Asmodee Digital. Game created by Klaus Teuber and edited by CATAN GmbH and CATAN Studio. CATAN and the "CATAN Sun" mark are trademark properties of CATAN GmbH ( Nintendo Switch is a trademark of Nintendo. All rights reserved.