Anno 1800

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Anno 1800
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Developer(s)Blue Byte
Publisher(s)Ubisoft
Director(s)Dirk Riegert
Designer(s)Christian Schneider, Sebastian Knietzsch
SeriesAnno
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
ReleaseApril 16, 2019
Genre(s)City-building, real-time strategy
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Anno 1800 is a city-building real-time strategy video game, developed by Blue Byte and published by Ubisoft, and launched on April 16, 2019.[1] It is the seventh game in the Anno series, and returns to the use of a historical setting following the last two titles, Anno 2070 and Anno 2205, taking place during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Following the previous installment, the game returns to the series' traditional city-building and ocean combat mechanics, but introduces new aspects of gameplay, such as tourism, blueprinting, and the effects of industrialisation influences on island inhabitants.

Overview[edit]

Anno 1800 takes place in the 19th century at the dawn of the Industrial Age.[2] Like other Anno games, Anno 1800 is a city-building and strategy game. While it is set in the context of colonial trade, the featured architecture is Victorian Era and the economic engine is factory labor. The core gameplay of Anno 1800 takes place in the Old World, where the needs of the citizens, workers and artisans are central to the management of production and supply chains. A parallel New World city exists, which produces products that laborers in the Old World want to purchase, thus trade routes need to be established. Unlike its colonial 18th century predecessor Anno 1701, the game has a blueprint feature[3] that helps the player to plan out the city.[4]

The game also features a story campaign, a sandbox mode, and multiplayer mode. Like Anno 2205, the game features multisession gameplay, though unlike its predecessor, combat and city-building sessions are not separated. Anno 1800 integrates into a classic city-building game randomly generated maps and trade routes, artificial intelligence (AI) opponents that build on the same map as the player, and a military.[2]

The attractiveness rating of Anno 1800 grapples with the impact of industrialization on the population. With every factory the city's attractiveness rating falls and the rating of the area around an emerging industrial zone is also affected.[5] Tourists contribute to the city's income and will flock to natural land, local festivities, and various decorative ornaments, but dislike pollution, local unrest, and noisy or smelly industry.[6]

The blueprint mode of Anno 1800 is one of the new additions to the series.[7] It helps the player by allowing them to plan out their city with silhouetted blueprint buildings, without immediately spending valuable resources on actually constructing them. If a player has insufficient resources the blueprint building can be placed on the city map for later construction. Once planning is done and the necessary resources are gathered, each blueprint building can be built with a single click.[4]

Downloadable content[edit]

The Anno 1800 season 1 pass for paid-for downloadable content (DLC) includes the three DLC packs Sunken Treasure, Botanica and The Passage.[8] While in Botanica cities can be beautified to attract more tourists, The Passage allows the player to sail the Northwest Passage on the way to the Arctic Circle.[9] In 2020 season 2 includes a further three DLC packs. Seat of Power lets the player choose which policies will influence the settlements in the vicinity of a palace. The Bright Harvest DLC introduces tractors and workforce reduction. In Land of Lions the player is challenged with exploring a desert, navigate social class and build an irrigation system to counter water shortage.[10] In 2021 season 3 includes 3 more DLCs. Docklands allows the player to turn their city into a global trade hub with a modular warehouse system and use trade contracts to create a monopoly on player's favorite goods. Tourist Season introduces the new Tourist resident tier to city’s hotels and keep them entertained with restaurants and bus tours of hotspots. The High Life implements the construction of the first skyscrapers helping keep investors happy with shopping malls and the construction of the game’s biggest monument, the Empire Building.[11]

Distribution[edit]

Anno 1800 is available on Epic Games Store, Origin,[12] and Ubisoft Connect. It was originally also available for pre-purchase on Steam, but was pulled from Steam when it officially launched.[13]

Reception[edit]

The game received "generally favorable" reviews according to review aggregator Metacritic.[14] The title became the fastest-selling Anno game, selling four times more copies than Anno 2205 achieved during its first week of release.[20]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref
2018 Gamescom Best Simulation Game Nominated [21]
Best Strategy Game Nominated
Best PC Game Won
2019 2019 Golden Joystick Awards PC Game of the Year Nominated [22]
The Game Awards 2019 Best Strategy Game Nominated [23]
2020 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year Nominated [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anno 1800 Official". Ubisoft. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Thun, Bastan (30 August 2017). "DevBlog: Our Vision". Anno Union. Ubisoft Entertainment. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ Hayden Dingman. "Anno 1800 review: An Industrial Revolution but not a design revolution". PC World. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Blueprint – Anno Union". Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  5. ^ Hayden Dingman. "Anno 1800 review: An Industrial Revolution but not a design revolution". PC World. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  6. ^ "DevBlog: Beauty Building Part 1 – City Attractiveness – Anno Union". Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  7. ^ Dean, Takahashi (20 August 2018). "Anno 1800 hands-on — being a capitalist in the age of industrialization". VentureBeat. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Contents of the Anno 1800 Season 1 Pass". ubisoft.com. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  9. ^ Rodriguez, Jason (15 April 2019). "Anno 1800's Season Pass And Free Content Plans Announced". PCinvasion. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  10. ^ Ariyasinghe, Pulasthi (9 March 2020). "Anno 1800 getting three new DLC packs in 2020, adding palaces, tractors, and more". Neowin. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Contents of the Anno 1800 Season 3 Pass". support.ubisoft.com. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Origin". www.origin.com. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  13. ^ Chalk, Andy (29 March 2019). "Anno 1800 will be an Epic Store exclusive, but can be pre-purchased on Steam until launch". PC Gamer. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Anno 1800 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 5 May 2019./
  15. ^ Faulkner, Jason (29 April 2019). "Anno 1800 Review Worlds ahead". GameRevolution. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  16. ^ Klinge, Heiko; Uslenghi, Fabiano (21 October 2020). "Anno 1800 im Test - Das Aufbauspiel-Eldorado" [Anno 1800 in the test - the building game Eldorado] (in German). GameStar. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  17. ^ Wildgoose, David (28 May 2019). "Anno 1800 Review - The Prettiest Spreadsheet". GameSpot. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  18. ^ Singletary Jr., Charles (28 April 2020). "Anno 1800 Review". IGN. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  19. ^ Dammes, Matthias. "Anno 1800 im Test: Ein Aufbauspiel der Spitzenklasse - Update: Jetzt mit Video" [Anno 1800 in the test: A top-class building game - Update: Now with video] (in German). Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  20. ^ Bishop, Sam (30 April 2019). "Anno 1800 has biggest launch in the series". Gamereactor. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  21. ^ Keane, Sean (22 August 2018). "Gamescom 2018 award winners include Marvel's Spider-Man, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate". CNET. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  22. ^ "Golden Joystick Awards 2019". GamesRadar+. Archived from the original on 28 September 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  23. ^ Winslow, Jeremy (19 November 2019). "The Game Awards 2019 Nominees Full List". GameSpot. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  24. ^ Chalk, Andy (13 January 2020). "Control and Death Stranding get 8 nominations each for the 2020 DICE Awards". PC Gamer. Retrieved 19 January 2020.

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