Ubisoft and Blue Byte first announced Anno 1800 last year at Gamescom, but not much has been publicly heard about the title since. Today, just before Gamescom 2018, more details on the title have emerged including a release date. While the game originally had a winter 2018 release window, Anno 1800 will now hit PC on February 26, 2019.
As its title suggests, Anno 1800 brings the series back into the past after two games were set in the future. Anno 1800 is aiming the harken back to the series classic roots while bringing players through a century known for industrialization. Players will be able to experience both a story-based campaign and a more free-flowing sandbox mode where they will be tested as a ruler.
Anno 1800 is set to bring back some fan-favorite features like individual AI opponents, randomly generated maps, multi-session gameplay, and shippable trade goods, but will also introduce one big new feature: Expeditions. Expeditions will allow players to send specialists to South America to find oil that will fuel their industry, which is becoming more realistic to manage thanks to a new Workforce feature.
The developers plan on heavily taking community feedback into account via the Anno Union, and also promised continued post-launch support for the game, starting with The Anarchist DLC sometime in 2019. Players can net that DLC, the soundtrack, and an artbook with Anno 1800 Digital Deluxe Edition. Meanwhile, dedicated players can get Anno 1800: Pioneers Edition to receive a Steelbook, a bigger artbook, three lithographs, the DLC, the soundtrack and a letter in a collector’s box.
You can check out new art, screenshots, and the release date trailer below. Anno 1800 is now poised to release for PC on February 26, with The Anarchist DLC releasing later in 2019.