Ubisoft Promises Next City-Building PC Game Settlers Will Offer a "New Game Experience"

The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria will launch this year.

Ubisoft has announced The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria, the next entry in the long-running real-time strategy Settlers series. Today, developer Blue Byte and Ubisoft published a short teaser trailer revealing the game.

Although very little information is given in the trailer, the game will focus on city-building and real-time strategy. The cinematic trailer highlights heavily armored and armed hero-like characters fighting monsters and settling land. Although all of the games in the series have featured RTS elements, the developer promises that this title "will provide a completely new game experience by combining city-building and real-time strategy action." What exactly this entails is unknown at this time.

Ubisoft also explains that in Kingdoms of Anteria, "you will build up a prosperous economy and lead your champion through dangerous adventures in order to create a wealthy, bustling and glorious kingdom."

Blue Byte is also taking a very different path to creating this game than it did to develop past titles. "By reinventing our approach to the franchise, The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria offers players a brand new experience full of new possibilities to explore," director of product development Christopher Schmitz said.

The game launches in 2014 for PC, but Ubisoft and Blue Byte have not announced a specific release date yet.

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deadpen
deadpen

"New Game Experience" is an over used term. I think EA has been using it since 2011 for every game they make. While CoD has made it a habit of saying it at every interview, sort of like when you get off the phone and say bye without thinking about it.

Chronologo
Chronologo

You know what to expect when ubisoft "promises" something

shnelle
shnelle

If it actually had those graphics then I'd be interested.  But we know it doesn't.

Lu_Shen
Lu_Shen

Who cares? Just announce the next Anno already. That's what everyone really wants anyway.

vadagar1
vadagar1

DRM and always online 


F**K this

prats93
prats93

Inb4 it's free to play.

gouldjw
gouldjw

I'm sorry but Settlers 2 Gold Edition was the pinnacle of this series.  Settlers 3 was okay, but it's gone downhill from there.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

Ubisoft "New Game Experience" means support for aspect ratios other than 16:9. Don't get excited people. This is Ubisoft we're talking about. Not exactly a "top notch" PC developer (by a long shot).

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

"New Game Experience"

Let me guess "SOCIAL", "BROADER AUDIENCE", "FANTASY MONSTERS" and the lot?



yeah, lets shoehorn all that obligatory stuff in the game.

 

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

I fear a neckbeard ubisoft PC circle-jerk storm is on the horizon...

dribblesbarbax
dribblesbarbax

Ubisoft, dont forget to release all of the game this time.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

I'd rather just have gameplay, and graphics (non-cartoony aesthetic), like the old Settlers games back.

You can only replay a game so much..

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Would've preferred another futuristic Anno, with a space setting this time.

Godlikan
Godlikan

Thanks god, finally some good new rts...

skipper847
skipper847

"will provide a completely new game experience" Not played the settlers be for but the word will provide a completely new game experience means dumbed down in my experience.

mattcake
mattcake

Ride-able elephants confirmed.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"will provide a completely new game experience" companies say, "what exactly this entails is unknown" article author says. Gaming PR story of my life.

hornspiller
hornspiller

I just hope they will make a new ANNO. Either futuristic or ancient times. With the focus on city building. Playing 1404 and 2070 atm. Fantastic games. And a dedicated singleplayer game with multiplayer options. No online stuff. That dumps the quality IMO.

semi74
semi74

And in true Ubi fashion, it won´t look anything like what we see here today as it will have to pared back to the 3DS standard they use.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Ubisoft and PC, after not 1, not 2, but many horrible ports, I am no longer pre-ordering anything until I know we are getting what we paid for and treated equally. 

eviledger
eviledger

Better sell franchise to those who are capable of doing something  without stupid online requirement!

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

No thanks, I had enough trouble with your last settler's game to last me a lifetime. Wait a sec, I've been online for 2 minutes now, time for me to lose my connection to your servers and have to spend the next 10 minutes waiting to get back into the game I just lost all my progress on. 


F you and your DRM riddled plague horse you rode in on!

vackillers
vackillers

So is this another online game then? as the tittle says The Settlers Online: Kingdoms Of Anteria?

anakvunky
anakvunky

I lost interest of settlers after the 2nd one... after that the series just go unimpressed... at least for me

Bienio11
Bienio11

Good I might come back again to this world;) So many memories Amiga 500 wow

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

Why not just make another Anno game, Ubi?

jeremy-
jeremy-

Despite the fact the CEO was just publicly talking about how DRM sucks a few days ago, you can bet your ars3 this game will be 'always online' required which is just Ubisoft's DRM in sheeps clothing.

arkadiyk
arkadiyk

promises promises isn't there a song like that, that's allz i see from them now is promises!

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

The settlers is just a absolute awesome city builder game and wow the amount of time i have spent on those games is insane , so even though 7 was kinda a terrible version it was still pretty great and i hope they dont move to far away from the original and dont keep to much from 7 


Megamoss1984
Megamoss1984

The Settlers 2 stole a good portion of my formative years.  I have responsibilities now, I can't get caught up in it all again...can I...?

yogibbear
yogibbear

Ubisuck go back to your hole you dirty horrible company that ruins all franchises ever. PC community doesn't want your shitty games that you've sucked the souls of dry. Just piss off.

cirugo
cirugo

Last one was online-only.  forget Ubisoft.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

This looks like every other Facebook/mobile game. Goofy cartoon look and a 'new' experience in waiting and spending money.


This has F2P written all over it. It is sad when you see a game like this and know right away what it will be all about.


It kind of gives me a sick feeling in my stomach to see where games are going. Thank god I got to experience a complete gaming experience back in the day that was well polished, no DLC (big expansions worth the price instead), and none of this vague F2P BS. I want to know what I am getting for the price allotted, not spend endlessly for virtual goods.  

newhaus1994
newhaus1994 moderator moderatorstaff

@Hurvl Unfortunately, more often than not, what that "new game experience" is, isn't known until the game's release.

vackillers
vackillers

Nevermind, on the Settlers homepage is just simply states The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria as well as on their facebook.

Sonic4545
Sonic4545

@liquidbutter 

Between ANNO and The Settlers I personally prefer The Settlers hands down.

Settlers 7 is one of my favorite RTS of them all.

bernard978
bernard978

@jeremy- They wouldn't ever remove UPlay because publishers only ever use DRM like that or Steam to protect themselves from investors pulling out or being unhappy.

Sonic4545
Sonic4545

@Jacanuk I feel the opposite.  i thought 7 was the best in the series and the early ones were very poorly done.

To each their own I guess :)

lilflipp
lilflipp

@yogibbear And what exactly did they ruin, or did that was so horrible? Asides from Watch_Dogs, and little Uplay that is nothing more than annoying.

Sonic4545
Sonic4545

@cirugo You mean The Settlers Online?  Wouldn't make much sense for The Settlers Online to be offline now would it?

jeremy-
jeremy-

@Acillatem1993 @jeremy- When i bought the original settlers 7 I had multiple days of not being able to play, it was like the Simcity of shitty launches before Simcity was a popculture of gaming thing.


If they really add single player without DRM I'll congratulate them but that remains to be seen.