Anno 2070 breaking ground in 2011

Related Designs developing futuristic follow-up to Dawn of Discovery series for winter release on PC.

The long-running Anno series has seen players shape new worlds in the 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. However, the next installment in the historical real-time strategy and city-building series won't be historical at all, as Ubisoft today announced Anno 2070 for the PC with a winter 2011 release window.

Still no jetpacks?

Developed by Related Designs with an assist from Blue Byte, Anno 2070 will challenge players to establish and grow a society beset by climate-change-induced ecological disasters. Related Designs is no stranger to the series, having worked on Anno 1701 (1701 A.D. in North America), Anno 1404 (released as Dawn of Discovery in North America), as well as that game's Venice expansion.

Anno 2070 will let players shape the future as one of two factions: the industrial Tycoons or the environmentally minded Ecos. The game will include a story-driven campaign mode, an open-ended freeplay mode, and a number of online multiplayer options.

For more on the series, check out GameSpot's review of Anno 1404.

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WARGIRL1
WARGIRL1

there wasent much promotion on this excellent franchise, i hope this game lives up to it reputation

luseiferoth
luseiferoth

They are so smart. Given that sea level is rising fast, island world sounds like the future, and Anno games has always revolve around islands. They are quick to spot opportunity. Adding in environmental issue in? This is a WIN!

juki1951
juki1951

mm all i need is a better on the ground combat system, (like in grand ages rome), and this game would be perfect. i play vennice now, and only thing i dont like is fighting on land.

SubZer0
SubZer0

I'm still hooked on Anno 1404, looking forward to this one!

estockwe
estockwe

I have played every Anno in the series except 1602 because I had heard it was very similar to1503. Anyway, I was hoping they would continue on to the 19th Century, but this game seems just as interesting. Never thought they would go to the future, 2070 could be a good one. My hope is that the NPC's are even more realistic in this game than 1404 (Dawn of Discovery).

LeJR
LeJR

SWEET! I honestly did not ever expect that, I'll keep my eye on it.

MorPhaGo
MorPhaGo

Sci-fi Anno? Sci-fi Anno!! Looking forward to this!!

francoislr
francoislr

really looking forward to this one!

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

ANNO is awesome :) Dawn Of Discovery is also pretty fun

fzd88
fzd88

sweet news! I love the art direction of these series.

stziggy
stziggy

Maybe the closest thing we'll get to Sim City 5. Please EA or Maxis; please make a Sim City 5!

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

A real step away from the original series. Will wait to see more on the game's new direction.

Daian
Daian

That screenshot is gorgeous , i might actually finally get a city building game that really sucks me in.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Im not a fan of city building games,but I have to say,this looks interesting.

stakex007
stakex007

As a long time Anno player, I must say this looks intresting. However I get the sense that combat is going to play an even more reduced role in 2070 thne 1404, if there is combat at all. If so, I think thats a huge mistake.

zameen
zameen

im a big fan but i have no pc to run it :((

ehuman
ehuman

Arrrg! 1404 was murdering my computer! This comes out, it'll just drop dead! Hope I could upgrade before Q4. My hardware skills needs a bit of rust removing anyway.

ndawgdrake
ndawgdrake

Had a blast with 1404! Really looking forward to this!

RitterXplode
RitterXplode

This sounds like a lot of fun and hours of open-end gameplay!

lakers808
lakers808

Count me in too! i'm a big fan of Anno!

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

holy..sht.. i play Anon series every other day. This just made my day! Can't wait!

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

sounds like it'll become the official game of the going green movement.

Rob_101
Rob_101

WOW! I loved Anno 1404. Really excited about this now :D

GeneralShowzer
GeneralShowzer

I liked previous Anno games and keeping an eye on this. Sure buy for now :)

Shardz7
Shardz7

Count me in! 1404 was all win (minus a few annoying caveats) and I wouldn't mind expanding into a futuristic environment with this franchise. The two factions here seem to resemble Democrats and Republicans at a glance, which is interesting I suppose. Combat in Anno 1404 (in my experiences) mostly revolved around maritime battles and rarely came to shore in my games...it would be nice to see more complex Ai strategies than the classic 'bombard the city with a fleet' maneuver. I hope this is good 'cause I'm interested in games with substance...

Travis281
Travis281

Amazing series, this like great.

mickey_mickey48
mickey_mickey48

HELL YEAH!! Anno 1404 was one of the very few strategies I really enjoyed..so lookin' forward to this one.

Nuk1euz
Nuk1euz

AWESOME! I loved Anno 1404, i still play it. Im looking forward to this!