By April 16, 2007

Xbox 360 Carcassonne preview on IGN

Arsian and Gibberish reader Agreschn wrote to me recently and pointed out that gaming site IGN has a preview on popular board game Carcassonne on the Xbox 360. The write up sounded promising, and detailed how the game will be played online. Similar to the upcoming Xbox 360 Settlers of Catan game, there will be local and Internet multiplayer options. If a real player drops out in the middle of an online game (as people who are losing often do on online games), then a robot can take over. There will be four computer AI settings, from “DrFaulken” all the way up to “bad ass motherfucker.” Well, maybe not quite like that, but you get the idea.

I felt bad about hotlinking to a screenshot over at IGN, so I’m hosting it here. All screenshots are from IGN, I don’t claim any ownership over this image:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/2264-2/carcassonne-20070410103230616.jpg

The game looks beautiful. I like the control scheme of using the controller triggers to rotate pieces. I hope that the game doesn’t suggest where you can place tiles; part of the skill at playing Carc is being able to see where to put your tiles. I’ve lost a few games when I didn’t see the optimal place to put a piece, and I’ve won a few because my opponents failed to do so as well.

I am not sure if the IGN article is 100% correct, but here are the launch details:

  • The game will have the original tileset plus the old river expansion that is included in new Carc sets, including the one that I own. There are seventy-two tiles total.
  • Pricing has not yet been released, but it will be downloadable via Xbox Live!
  • There are no plans to release (for free or for fee) any of the expansion sets. I imagine that will hinge on how successful the core game is on Xbox Live!
  • Expect Carcassonne to release sometime in June of 2007.
  • Two to five human players can play online, two to four can play locally. You can fill in slots with bots.

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6 Comments on "Xbox 360 Carcassonne preview on IGN"

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  1. Ed says:

    Nice, that should be fun assuming that the screen allows you to see the whole board.

  2. Stomper says:

    Psyched!! OK the description didn’t fit what I remember of the game so I had to go find my Carcassonne. Turns out I have the Hunter and Gatherer version. It’s lots of fun too. Wonder if they’ll incorporate other versions if it sells well? Hope so. More reasons to buy a xbox.

  3. drfaulken says:

    Stomper, I think if this initial version sells well they might release the expansions. I really like the Inns and Cathedrals expansion set and felt like it added more to the game. The default game is all about farmers.

  4. Ed says:

    The expansions definitely make the game much fuller.

  5. Stomper says:

    Yah I’ll have to try the normal Carcassonne version, Hunters and Gathers isn’t an expansion, it’s kind of a prequel — think of prehistoric culture. It wouldn’t integrate well with inns and cathedrals. :-)But in either case the basis of the game is fun!!

  6. I like the original Carcassonne, no river, etc. I did also play a 2-player edition I liked; different flavor, though.

    Speaking of Settlers, last week I forgot to show you the expansion I got for it (back at Lunacon) — the expansion doesn’t fit my little travel edition, so I should probably just give it away. It may have been a river (that goes down in place of some of the tiles?), I forget, since I haven’t had a chance to play ANY version of Settlers in a long time.

    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” — Ralph Waldo Emerson