Yes, the beloved strategy board game is finally getting a new edition, thanks its its makers at Mayfair Games. Debuting at this year's GAMA Trade Show and due out this year, there aren't many details on the game's new 5th edition, but here's what we know so far.
From the press release:
Coming in 2015, The Settlers of Catan® along with all of its expansions and 5-6 player extensions will be moving from 4th to 5th edition. The die lines and die cut remain identical, meaning you could mix and match a 4th copy of Settlers with a 5th edition copy of Seafarers without difficulty or compatibility issues. The card backs are similarly identical, allowing you to mix cards from different editions of the game. Similarly the rules remain consistent, though there was an extensive balance and readability pass, meaning numerous rules are clarified with input from designer Klaus Teuber and numerous rare "corner cases" in the rules are explained. These new clarified rules will become the official tournament canon and for those looking to brush up on the clarifications, the rules will be online in PDF form once 5th edition is released.
Wow! An "extensive balance and readability pass, meaning numerous rules are clarified with input from designer Klaus Teuber"! I... okay, I'm teasing, but Catan is a great game that I've enjoyed on many an occasion (and been infuriated by when I lost) . I'm looking forward to getting more info.
[Via Bleeding Cool]