Anno 1503 English Demo on 7th February

Sunflowers today announced that the english demo of Anno 1503 (aka 1503 A.D. for US) will be released on February 7th, with the game slated for March. The demo will offer you the chance to try 5 different elements from the game: Exploration, Settlement, Trade, Diplomacy and Combat.
1503 A.D. – Return to the dawn of a New World in an epic saga of adventure and discovery. As a young lad, you’ve heard tales of opportunity and unimaginable power and fortune in this New World. Now grown up, you’re ready to embark on and venture into these unfamiliar lands of the Renaissance world in 1503 A.D., an exciting new PC title that blends the action of real-time strategy with the depth of empire building. Explore stunningly detailed environments to establish colonies as you seek out wealth and power. Watch those colonies grow while you create trade and diplomatic ties with neighboring cultures. Engage in combat on land and at sea to protect your colonies. You will begin your journey by setting sail for a New World in anticipation of seeking out wealth and power and settling a new nation and empire. Along the way, you will encounter incredibly detailed environments in four varying climate zones and compete against computer controlled players. More than that, you will interact with nine different cultures like the Africans, Aztecs and Native Americans. Each culture will have their own traits and characteristics, including their preferences as to where they start their kingdom and what sorts of trade goods they prefer. When you finally reach a critical stage in the game and it is impossible to meet the needs of your population, trading goods and services becomes a vital component within 1503 A.D. Economy systems vary depending on location and include goods such as weaponry, raw materials, necessities such as clothes and food as well as more exotic items like silk and spices. Trades can be made several different ways, including an easily accessible trading menu that allows gamers to interact with other nations and form peace treaties. However, some cultures may rely on a more offensive, aggressive style of interaction, which can lead to potential conflict. 1503 A.D. will be an unparalleled gaming experience with its richness of graphical detail and innovative features. You will realize you are unable to stop playing once you’ve been captivated by the “1503 Spirit”. SUNFLOWERS' and Max Design's new progressive strategy game will have two different titles: "ANNO 1503" and "1503 A.D.". These are only different product names for the same game! The title "ANNO 1503" will be used on a world-wide basis, with the exception of the U.S.. In this country, the product will be called "1503 A.D.". The reason for this is that in America "A.D." is a more common term than "ANNO". Features: - Unique blend of real-time strategy with the depth of an empire-building epic. - Compete against computer-controlled players and interact with nine different cultures from the 16th Century - each with their own personal traits and unique characteristics. - Settle in climates as diverse as frozen tundra, bleak deserts and lush jungles - each with their own unique natural resources, vegetation, wildlife and terrain. - New combat system - vary your tactics based on the opponent, terrain and weaponry. - Enhanced AI - differences in cultures lead to a variety of behaviors and interactions. - Stunning graphics - detailed environments bring the 16th Century to life with over 250 authentic building types including tobacco plantations, watchtowers and cannon foundries. - Several gameplay modes - Single Scenario, Campaign, Open-Ended and Multiplayer modes. - 1503 A.D. will captivate both core and casual gamers