Board games turned video games have serious legs. I don’t personally understand the phenomenon, but I dig the support that happens as a result. Take this for example. Carcassonne [$9.99], which hit the App Store in June 2010, will soon be updated with Game Center support. Also, in a new blog post, The Coding Monkeys has revealed that its preparing to release two add-on expansions, “Inns and Cathedrals” and “The River II” in the next few months.
The reason why Carcassonne didn’t support Game Center from the get-go has to do with the time it was originally released. Game Center didn’t exist in today’s form while the game was being produced, so The Coding Monkeys had to shape and create its own series of tubes to connect people with each other.
“We initially released Carcassonne before Game Center was available and had to build our own multi-player experience, so it’s great to now be more tightly integrated with existing games and friends by supporting Game Center as well,” the blog reads.
The update is expected to hit within the week, so keep your eyes peeled.
After you grab it, though, prepare to live with the fact that there won’t be new updates to enjoy for a good clip. The Coding Monkeys have said that all attention will turn towards add-ons and new infrastructure after the release of the update.
“After the Game Center update, we now will concentrate on polishing the first two of the expansions we’re going to release. Namely ‘Inns and Cathedrals’ and ‘The River II,’ “ the blog posting says. “It will still take us a few months to make them as good as we want them to be, however.”
Waiting blows, but if the game’s quality is any indication, these add-ons won’t be slouches. You can read our review on the core game over here, by the way, if you’re still on the fence about Carcassonne. Spoiler: it’s good. Like, really good. And the same will probably be said about these two expansions, which were huge hits for the board game.