SAN FRANCISCO – January 21st, 2014 – Ubisoft® and Blue Byte® have introduced Monuments, a major new feature for the popular free-to-play browser-based strategy game, Anno® Online. Starting today, players will be able to build monumental constructions that provide extraordinary bonuses in the game.
ANNO Online is a free-to-play, browser-based world-building strategy game that challenges players to build and manage a medieval kingdom and trading empire. ANNO Online is available to anyone that signs up or logs in with their existing Uplay account via the game’s official web site www.anno-online.com.
By completing a quest chain, players will gain knowledge points and unlock new Monuments buildings, with the “Library” acting as the first available option. A Monument can have up to three construction phases and players must deliver goods to the construction site and search throughout the game for special construction components.
After building the Library, players will discover the Tech Tree, which consists of several branches that can be unlocked for additional Knowledge Points. These points will provide players the ability to build six different types of Botanical Garden, each one giving the player a specific buff or bonus.
Players can visit other players and help them with their monument construction by sending Constructors to the construction site for a specific period of time. A player can also request help from other players to improve the construction process of their buildings.
ABOUT ANNO ONLINE
Based on the critically acclaimed ANNO 1404®, ANNO Online delivers the franchise’s proven and popular strategy-simulation gameplay along with the series’ highly-detailed animation and graphics, for the first time in a browser-based title. Players will build and develop great medieval cities using the detailed economic system enjoyed for years 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.
In ANNO Online, players start on a deserted island with only two buildings (a harbour and a warehouse) and make the best of their resources to build, manage and expand their territory in order to develop a commercial empire. Trade by ships remains an essential component of the game, and will offer multiplayer possibilities that will further enhance the deep economic system of ANNO Online.
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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 longlasting 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.