Ubisoft lays Anno 1404 foundation

Related Designs' long-running city-builder will arrive on PCs worldwide in March 2009.

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Ubisoft has shown no qualms with acquiring development houses in the past couple of years. Among its buys in 2007 was Anno publisher SunFlowers, along with a portion of the city-building franchise's developer, Related Designs. Putting its purchase to work, the French publisher announced today as part of its presence at this year's Leipzig Games Convention that Anno 1404 would be released worldwide for PCs in March 2009.

Intricate city-building 101.

Anno 1404 takes the long-running strategy series to the Far East. As with previous installments in the series, gamers will be tasked with establishing a civilization and then solidifying its position in history. Players will be required to cater to the tastes of their denizens, as well as play politics with other cultures to secure the best lot for their people.

Aside from the new setting/era, the most readily apparent difference between Anno 1701, released in 2006, and Anno 1404 is the game's graphics engine. Ubisoft has tapped like-minded city-building strategy gamers Blue Byte--creators of The Settlers: Rise of an Empire--to create an all-new engine to power this latest installment in the Anno series.

For a full rundown on what's known of Ubisoft's latest strategy title, check out GameSpot's preview from Leipzig.

Discussion

11 comments
BriMercer
BriMercer

Any idea if this is coming out in the United States anytime soon? Looks like just E.U. to start with.

sim_dude
sim_dude

I have a very strong feeling that this Anno is going to use the Settlers 6 graphic engine. Wich is a good thing.

dialojee
dialojee

coool Anno 1404 is coming in 2009

-CheeseEater-
-CheeseEater-

I adored Anno 1701 on my PC, and Nintendo DS.

dark_being
dark_being

beautiful game, but not to my taste.

dual_barrel
dual_barrel

the cathedral looks like one from Assassin's Creed

jem_gal
jem_gal

good news! i liked anno 1701 for the ds.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

Looks pretty cool, gonna go read the preview.

enix165
enix165

Doesn't seem to have much info. Not the 404 in the name.

indigoAK200
indigoAK200

Awesome news. The Anno series is one of the most underrated in the entire city building genre. Anno 1701 was a complete masterpiece and its expansion only built further on that. I'm looking forward to this.