London, UK – April 23, 2013 – Today, Ubisoft announced that Anno Online’s English closed beta phase has started. Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte, Anno Online combines the popular gameplay elements of the Anno franchise with brand new features suited to a persistent, web-based game.
Anno Online draws its mechanism from Anno 1404®, the main goal for players is to bring life to their islands, thanks to 1000 buildings and many decorative items helping players to create the nicest islands ever imagined in a browser game. All graphical elements stay true to the franchise quality. Trade by ships remains essential for the game, it will offer various multiplayer possibilities which are going to enhance the deep economic system of the Anno IP.
Starting on a deserted island with only two buildings (a harbour and a warehouse), players will have to make the best of their resources to build, manage and expand their territory in order to develop a real commercial empire. Ships can be rented or players can constitute their own flotilla, setting out to conquer new lands and connect their main island in order to establish their authority in the fantastic world of Anno.
In the game players will have the opportunity to cooperate with friends thanks to the guild system. This upcoming feature will allow them from mid-May onwards to create their own guild, choose a name and a guild tag, invite up to 25 members and establish a strategy thanks to the guild chat channel. This feature will also bring a brand new building, the guild hall, allowing users to gather and feel a unique guild belonging.
Based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning franchise, fans can now experience all the strategy, simulation and highly-detailed animation and graphics for the first time in a browser-based game. Players can build and develop great medieval cities using the detailed economic system enjoyed by Anno fans. As they satisfy the population’s needs, they will unlock new buildings and face more demanding inhabitants, eventually needing to discover and claim additional islands and connect them with trading routes.
From now on Ubisoft gives the opportunity to players to create their account and jump into the game on the official website: www.anno-online.com.
About Blue Byte, a Ubisoft studio:
Blue Byte was established in 1988 and released its first hit game in 1991: Battle Isle. This was followed in 1993 by the development strategy game The Settlers®, which established itself as a long-lasting favorite. In 2001, Blue Byte was acquired by Ubisoft, and in 2004 the studio moved into the premises of Ubisoft’s German branch in Düsseldorf. The team at Blue Byte is responsible for new productions of The Settlers® and ANNO®. The studio is also active in the free-2-play genre with the web-based browser game The Settlers Online, available in several languages and currently captivating millions of players worldwide.
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