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Announcement: Upcoming Technical Test (Updated)

Brace for the Anno 1800 Technical Test

As previously alluded to, we are currently preparing a much larger Technical Test than our previous Diary Studies. And if you are be one of the chosen many, you won’t have to wait much longer, as this test will take place end of November!

A few things to keep in mind:
–          It’s a Technical Test: You should expect that some things in the game will (and sometimes even should!) break. This test is intended to give us valuable insights into topics like balance and game performance. It won’t be representative of the final polished game you will be able to enjoy next year (and which will be even better thanks to all of you helping us with this test).

–          NDA: Should you be selected to participate in the Technical Test, you will have to agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). That means that you are not allowed to talk about the game outside our special Technical Test forums, and you are not allowed to post any pictures, videos or to stream the game. We appreciate that you are excited to play the game and to share your experience with others, but given that this is a Technical Test where we know things will break, this is not the time to do so.

–          The Technical Test won’t include the entire game. Players will be limited to Citizen Tiers 1-3, and the Campaign won’t be playable.

We will send out invites to Union members a few days prior to the Test’s start, so keep an eye out to see if you are among the chosen ones. We look forward to seeing many of you in the game, and are thankful for your help in making sure Anno 1800 will be the best possible experience for all Anno fans when it ships on February 26th.



As we are seeing a lot of questions around the registration process for the Technical Test: Anyone who has registered here on the Anno Union using their Uplay-Account has a chance to be invited. You can do so here: https://www.anno-union.com/en/register/

This is also true for new registrations. So if you haven’t registered for testing yet- now would be an excellent time to do so 🙂

System Requirements for the Technical Test

We have also been asked a lot about the system requirements for the Technical Test. So here is what we recommend for participating in the test:

Current Minimum Specs:

CPU: Intel i5 3470 or AMD FX 6350


GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 670 GTX or AMD Radeon R9 285

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (all 64-bit)

Hard Drive: 46 GB

Current Recommended Specs:

CPU: Intel i5 4690k or AMD Ryzen 5 1400


GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 970 GTX or AMD Radeon RX 480

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (all 64-bit)

Hard Drive: 46 GB

DISCLAIMER: THERE ARE NOT THE FINAL REQUIREMENTS! As Anno 1800 is still in the middle of development and performance optimization, you should not consider these specs to be representative of the final game. This test specifically should help us to find some areas where we can further improve the game’s performance.


We are also in the middle of game localization, which means that the Technical Test will unfortunately only be available in English. Once Anno 1800 launches next year, you will be able to lead the industrial Revolution in the following languages:

Fully localized text and audio: English, French, German, Russian

Fully localized text: Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Chinese (simplified and traditional)




  1. D Dahnyul December 10, 2018

    Hello. I was invited to participate, and signed the NDA. However, I did not receive any further communication. Should I still be waiting, or did I miss the cut?
    Thanks, and either way I am looking forward to playing Anno 1800.

  2. e ebroeken November 27, 2018

    I cannot access the Technical Test forum. After clicking the link in the e-mail the message shows:

    ebroeken, you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:

    Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else’s post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
    If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.

    • D Dimensionaut_ November 28, 2018

      I have the same issue, I click the link in Uplay to the test forums, but the forum says I have no access.

  3. j joseAnn2033 November 27, 2018

    Is it necessary to reserve the game to download the beta?

    • e ebroeken November 27, 2018

      No it is not. Just start UPlay and install the beta. Ofcourse it is only visible when you received a e-mail about it.

  4. D Deadmau505 November 27, 2018

    why i didnt get any email from u guyz ?:( i pre order the game and regieter in anno-union

  5. H Heyacus November 27, 2018

    I have all the required specs, but did not get invited :/

  6. J Johnnymac34 November 27, 2018

    I see lots of people received their invites (congrats to those that made it in!).

    Is it safe to say if we haven’t received anything as of yet we won’t be included?

    Thank you,


  7. M MinneIceCube November 26, 2018

    I got some dates in the Email i received. Does this mean that, after the test ends, that the demo we as testers receive will no longer be playable? Forgive me – this is my first test of this sort i have been allowed to participate in.

  8. y yous78 November 26, 2018

    I have all recommended specs and I am a big fan of anno 1701 and 1404.
    Can I still be choosen ? How do I register please ?

  9. p palemale53 November 26, 2018

    I am happy that I have just installed a Nvidia GTX 1060 in order to contribute training games for Leela Chess Zero. I’m looking forward to the test with anticipation!

  10. l livermorium1 November 26, 2018

    i have all Recommended Specs, but thanks to Union not chosen 😀
    Wish my best for all beta testers.

  11. S SirDavidFirst November 25, 2018

    Hello, I preorder the game at last, using my wife PayPal account. I also want thank you for picking me.

    • L Lumpfteddy12 November 26, 2018

      did u get a key or smth else ? Im not sure what i have to do to play tomorrow. Also got an invite for the Test.

  12. m mfuegar2018 November 25, 2018

    I think there are more players / users of Spanish than French so that the voices of the game could also come in Spanish.

  13. B B4Nd1d0s November 25, 2018

    When Anno union site was 4 days old i register on it (22. aug 2017) and i didnt get invite for test… no words for this

    • B B4Nd1d0s November 25, 2018

      i apologize. i was selected 😀 i just didnt saw email. hyped

  14. m magest12 November 24, 2018

    Thanks for being chosen for technical test, can’t wait!

  15. L LucaYoshino November 24, 2018

    I am a Chinese international student and a lover of Ubisoft games, especially the ANNO. When ANNO 1800 started the pre-order, I bought the game.

    I hope I can take part in this test and try my best to respond all kinds of problems, if I met them.

    Good luck!

  16. H HexorS44 November 24, 2018

    It is great that the game will be in my native language – Polish. Now back to Anno 2205 waiting to be chosen for tests.

  17. A Arkenophas November 24, 2018

    Thanks to have selected me, as I was not that active these months ^^ I missed so much informations, I will have some things to read :p

  18. P PabloXXVI November 24, 2018

    Sad that there is no full Polish language, only subtitles.
    Where can we comment on the state of play freely?

  19. r red8ee November 24, 2018

    Hello devs!
    I was picked for the test and I’m sooo ready for it but unfortunately my pc isn’t.. I’m in the process if upgrading it (solely for Anno 1800) and my currents specs are nowhere near the minimum for 1800.. so I guess, I can’t participate?

    • D Dysnomio November 24, 2018

      I’m in the same boat, apart from the upgrading part. Like I’ve got money for that 😛

      • r red8ee November 25, 2018

        Its so frustrating..
        I didn’t apply for the test, exactly because of my pc and they sent me an invite (probably because I have thousands of hours on Ubisoft on 1404, 2070 and some 2205). I’m a legit Annoholic, I only play Anno, I’m literally counting the days for its release but I can’t play the test..
        I will try though.. worst case my pc crashes

        • D Dysnomio November 25, 2018

          It’s kinda like rubbing it in our faces :p
          Well I wish you the best of luck and hope you get an opportunity to play without a crashing pc. I know for certain it won’t work for me, my laptop can’t even handle 1404 with the state it’s in :s

          • r red8ee November 26, 2018

            Thank you! I hope you manage to be able to enjoy it in February! Best of luck to you! 😉

    • B BB_CR November 26, 2018

      If you have been invited, you should definitely try to play the game. We are always curious to see how it performs on a wide range of hardware, so just go for it! Worst case, it won’t run, but maybe you’ll be surprised.


      • r red8ee November 26, 2018

        Thank you for replying!
        I will def try!
        Thank you for the invite and congrats on your work!

        Anno series is an amazing volume of programming, design, story line, concept and philosophy. Its a sophisticated piece of work, quite unique and inspiring.

        1404 and 2070 were far beyond a game. They are a gaming experience and it looks like in 1800 you have combined and upgraded the best of both.

        Congrats again and again!

      • D Dysnomio November 27, 2018

        Decided to give it a try, but as expected, even on the potatoiest of potato qualities, and windowed resolution, my computer crashed before I could even start a game ;_;
        Oh well, thanks anyway for the opportunity, hopefully I have saved up enough money by February to buy a new computer and the game!

  20. s shingunko November 24, 2018

    Thank you.

    I applaud your localization efforts.
    So I want to do a Korean test.

    My heart is excited and I look forward to it.

  21. K KnockKnockP November 24, 2018

    Korean support! This is what every korean anno fans were waiting for!

    I also got selected

  22. m matvey_pryanik November 24, 2018

    OMG I love you for Russian localization))))) Thank you SO MUCH))))

    • B Barracuda1955 November 24, 2018

      Same here, cannot wait to test this game 🙂

  23. B B4Nd1d0s November 21, 2018

    How we will know if we are the chosen ones ?

    • B BB_CR November 21, 2018

      All selected testers will receive an invite a few days prior to the beginning of the test. Make sure you registered here on the Union using your Uplay account.


  24. Y Yucataneer November 21, 2018

    Really excited about this! Fingers crossed I get the invite.

    • B BB_CR November 21, 2018

      Awesome- we are almost ready as well 🙂

  25. M Mendahor November 21, 2018

    Already pre-ordered and ready to report bugs to help make this best game even better. Good job, guys. Wurst ist Leben !

  26. H HexorS44 November 21, 2018

    I’m ready for the test 🙂 can’t wait.

  27. C CrocNW November 20, 2018

    Is it enaught if I registered myself to beta test in January this year or should I do it again ?

  28. O ONGENAE. November 20, 2018

    Any idea when system requirements will be ‘hinted’ ?
    Just for the people out there who want to prepare their hardware; or will Anno 1800 have the same system requirements like Anno 2205?

    • B BB_CR November 21, 2018

      We will announce the system requirements prior to launch, but they are not final yet. We are currently in the middle of our optimization efforts, and this technical test will definitely help is to get some more insights into areas where we can further optimize. So I’ll have to ask you for a bit more patience on that front, as we work to make sure that the game runs as smooth as possible on a wide range of systems.


  29. B BlueBreath November 20, 2018

    At this point only if I get that big broach I will agree to test it :D.

  30. A Admiral-PENTA November 20, 2018

    No matter if I’m chosen or not it’s already pre-ordered and I’m super hyped! Good luck to all of you 🙂


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