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Union Update: Stream and Community Update

We’re back once more with a community update and some info on what to expect from us in the near future.

Anno Afternoon Stream

This Friday, Seraxia and Thorlof will put their creative hats on (most likely not literally) in another Anno Afternoon and try something completely different. You want to know more? Then don’t miss out this special livestream episode and tune on the 25th at 4PM UTC+1 (5PM CEST).

And if you got any cool or funny ideas for future streams, what better opportunity to share them with us than this Friday?

Playtest beginning next week!

As you all know the next playtest is just around the corner and as we work together with the community to get a jam-packed Game Update 6 ready for December, we will take a short break from Union blogs in the upcoming week. But worry not, we will be back soon with community news and new game information.

And we already got some exciting news this week! Keep an eye on your inbox, cause for a first wave of players the the playtest will already start next week – more invite-waves will follow.

We’re very much looking forward to your feedback. So, when we’re already talking about GU6 and The Passage, why not hop over to Reddit. Some of you already started a discussion about the content of the DLC there. We might have some theories ourselves but it’s far more exciting to read your predictions. Which features and production chains do YOU think will be added with The Passage?

Community Content

Something that impressed all of us quite a bit was jasperwillem not only managing to get this settlement to house Engineers without ever visiting the New World but shortly after also luring Investors into ‘Golden City’.

How many of us spent long nights outsourcing production chains and setting up new trade routes. Or planting hedge rows for hours for that perfect inner-city park or the world’s best botanical garden. We bet there are some quirky challenges or legendary achievements you set yourself in the past or future. So, share them with us in the comments below!

Fitting to last week’s blog about the Day & Night Cycle, we also want to use this blog to share some impressions from the community.
Apparently some of you have a weird fascination with exploding factories…but admittedly, fires look very cool at night:

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WolArn, however, proves, that calm images also have their charm – sunsets usually have:

And bergveld shares a video of his whole city at night with us.

And then, when the sun rises and everyone has to go to work, you’re stuck in a traffic jam. Not much has changed to today.

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That’s it for this Community Update. Did you already share your favourite moments with us? Be it day or night, dusk or dawn, we always love to see what fantastic scenes you manage to capture.

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DevBlog: Day & Night

The invention of the light bulb was more than a mere boon to comfort and luxury. This new way of illuminating the darkness was also an inspiring force for creative minds and a motor for the industry, unshackling them from the natural rhythm of day and night. With electricity playing such an important role in Anno 1800’s economy, there was a strong desire from our community to have a true day and night cycle in the game. Finally, this wish became reality with Game Update 4. As the days are getting ever shorter, what better time to shine a light on this major visual update than in today’s DevBlog!

A true passion project for the players – the beginnings

Since the early days of development, we had been toying with the idea to add a day & night cycle to Anno 1800, similar to the one from 2205. In reality, game development often means throwing a lot of ideas onto a wall and then deciding which ones may be a crucial must-have features, while others end up on a potential “nice to have later” list. While the day & night originally did not make the cut, many Union members told us repeatedly that they would love to see a return of that feature to the series.

Therefore, when some members of our art team had a bit of time available after launch, they immediately set out to realize this previously scraped idea from the early days of Anno 1800. This plan was quickly validated by the modding community jumping on the topic, which showed the big interest in having this functionality in Anno 1800.

Let there be light – developing the Day & Night feature

As is often the case, our artists are perfectionists once they have their hearts set on a topic.So it was clear from the get-go that an official day & night cycle could not simply be about adding a dark night, and sun and moon cycles. Instead, almost every asset players can build would have to be reworked to make sure they look their best, no matter the time of day. Ranging from new glowing textures for illuminated windows to tons of new light sources to ships sailing the nocturnal oceans, we added over 1000 new light sources and changed more than 200 existing assets to provide the intended ambience during the night.

We also had to ensure that the new light sources would start shining during specific times of the day and account for the additional gloom of our dusk and sunset scenarios. In the 19th century, cityscapes started to change drastically with the introduction of the lightbulb. We depicted this in the game world with a more blueish tint to our electric light sources, as opposed to the warmer, yellowish light of candles and fireplaces; this way, a heavily industrialized metropolis will look and feel notably different from a rural hamlet’s atmosphere.

Here you can see how we manually setup a new light source!

Our modern cities are awash with artificial light during the night but back then, they were comparatively sparsely illuminated. Once more, we decided for a tradeoff: we wanted to create an appealing contrast to the darkness while we also did not want to outright dismiss that feeling of a gone century in the midst of transformation into the modern world.  

Players would also expect that their city would appear much quieter during the night, but Anno’s cityscapes are normally famously bustling with life. As a result, we had to send our feedback units through another development pass, where we had to reduce the overall amount of residents following their daily business while again, adding and altering light sources. As a result, the streets are less crowded during the late hours. You may also notice some other subtle changes, such as removing the kids from the schoolyard during the night or adding more musicians to the pub to let it appear livelier in the after work hours. 

Our tools allowed us to precisely define the tinting of each time of day.

Finally but crucially, we wanted to give the player full control over the scenery. For that, we had to program the functionality to allow them to change the time of day at their convenience or to go for one of our presets, such as daylight, dusk, dawn or midnight. While we decided to make the night hours shorter than the actual day for gameplay convenience, players would also be able to decide to stop the cycle altogether to enjoy their sunset for as long as they like.

It’s not always style over substance – Impact on Gameplay

While changing hundreds of assets manually was a huge albeit worthwhile task, there was more to it than just adding another layer of visual fidelity.
In a game like Anno, readability is an important factor to provide a satisfying gameplay experience.

While various tooltips and windows help you to keep an overview about events in your empire, the game also transmits a lot of information through visual feedback happening in your city. A night setting naturally makes it much harder to read what is going on, which necessitated the addition of all these new light sources to make sure that you could still identify all buildings, and not lose track of your ships.

We also played around with ideas how the shift from day to the midst of the night could affect gameplay, and while it would open many possibilities, we realized that doing so would simply add a lot of unnecessary micromanagement, without actually benefiting the overall game experience and player fantasy.  

Day & Night, a joint effort

While we have primarily talked about our artists, the day & night update was a collaborative effort from the whole Anno team, drawing on all disciplines from art and engine R&D (research and development) to programming and interface. Judging by the countless of majestically lighted nocturnal cityscapes we have seen online, we are very happy with the results of this effort, and hope you agree as well.

What is your preferred time of day for your empire? And do you make extensive active use of the options available, or do you just roll with the natural rhythm of night and day? Let us know in the comments below!

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GU5.3 and upcoming Playtest

With the release of Game Update 5.3 next week, which was supported by some community members helping us by testing and providing save games affected by issues, we will address the most aggravating issues currently in the game. In addition, with further testing throughout the month of November, we plan to leverage the knowledge of our community once more for “The Passage” and Game Update 6.
 
Game Update 6 and “The Passage” playtest coming in November
Game Update 6 will not only include the co-op mode and statistics feature, it will also release alongside the third and final (not to mention biggest!) Season Pass DLC, “The Passage”. For that, we once more want to invite some testers from the Anno Union to further polish the game experience based on your feedback.

We will test a variety of content and different features to gather data about the stability and quality of Game Update 6. As such, this playtest will be longer than our previous tests, and we are planning to invite several groups throughout November.

The test will be under a strict NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) and we will provide access to a closed tester forum for all invited players to discuss and share their feedback.

If you are interested in participating in this playtest, please send an e-mail to union-playtest@bluebyte.de, including the following data

Ubisoft Forum Name
Uplay Name
Country Code

Players who applied and participated in the last co-op test will be automatically added to the pool of potential candidates for the upcoming test. If you applied for the last test, you will not need to send us a new application mail.

We will provide all further details, such as when the test start, how to access the test build and where to post feedback, to the first wave of participants at the end of the month.

Anno 1800 Game Update 5.3 Release Notes

Game Update 5.3 will be released on October 17, at 2pm CEST/ 12pm UTC. The download will be around 1.7GB.

Bring the spirit of October to your cities with the new Halloween billboard ornament.

We have adjusted Hugo Mercier’s Anarchist main story quests, to make them less random and more dependable for players. Here is all you need to know about how these quests will work, going forward:

  • To start or continue the main quest line, you need to be at peace with Hugo Mercier
  • You need to have 60 reputation point with him to do so
  • You need to have at least one Artisan in any of your cities
  • After you finish one of his quests, there is a 30 minute cooldown before the next quest will appear
  • If you cancel or fail one of Dr. Mercier’s quests, you will have to wait for 9 hours of game time before you will receive it again (this is a standard timer used to prevent players from getting swamped with optional quests).
  • Important: You can only have one active quest from Dr. Hugo Mercier at a time, so you will not receive any main story quests while you still have one of his other quests active, or are being offered another quest by him. You can solve or decline them to make space for a new main story quest.

We have fixed several issues that can lead to trains being stuck in the oil harbor.
                However, in the spirit of transparency, we have to say that this has been a very difficult issue to pin down and reproduce, even after analyzing several affected save games from the community. As such, we cannot conclusively promise that it will not appear again in some fringe cases.

Fixed an issue that prevented oil tankers from being manually loaded/ unloaded at oil harbors.

Fixed a separate issue that could prevent oil tankers on trade routes from loading/ unloading properly.

Fixed an issue with entries in the ship list constantly switching places or flickering.

Fixed an issue with duplicate, unnamed ships being stuck on the world map.

Fixed an issue with ships drifting away from their position by themselves.

Fixed an issue with ships on trade routes being stuck on a map border.

Fixed an issue with players being able to see the object menu of a chartered ship.

Fixed an issue with selecting ships for an expedition in the preparations menu.

Ships returning from expeditions will now correctly return to their homeport from which they started their expedition.

Fixed an issue that could change your influence points balance after saving and loading a save game.

Fixed an issue with AI characters having large fleets of duplicate ships.

Fixed an issue with quest objects spawning at sea.

Fixed an issue with quest giving ships not despawning, and subsequently crowding an NPC’s harbor area. Unfortunately, this issue will not remove already spawned ships retroactively. Workaround: Ignoring one of the NPC’s quest chains (quests that have “Part 1, 2, etc.” in their name) will remove all redundant ships.

Fixed an issue in campaign mode, where some of the queen’s ships could become controllable by the player, which could block campaign progress. 

The Shift+V command to change appearance now works properly for depots.

Fixed an issue with quest hint bubbles not being correctly removed, and pointing to invalid positions.

Provided a fallback solution for the Sunken Treasures expedition to unlock Cape Trelawney not triggering properly. This will now unlock the new sessions without having to complete the expedition beforehand.

Fixed an issue with duplicate ships being incorrectly applied to AI trade routes.

Fixed an issue with the campaign quest “Sovereign Aid”, which could lead to a blocker if the player failed the quest.

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The next steps for Anno 1800

Today we want to give you an update on what is next for Anno 1800. We have received a lot of community feedback on Game Update 5, including some issues. The Anno community is at the heart of everything we do, so we are of course committed to improving the quality of all upcoming updates. As such, we have made some changes to our roadmap, which you can find detailed below.

Game Update 5.3 (mid-October)

We are currently working on Game Update 5.3, which we are planning to release in mid-October after extensive additional testing. For this update, we will be focusing on fixing the following issues:

  • Trains getting stuck inside the oil harbor
  • Ships getting stuck at the session border
  • Anarchist Main Story Quests appearing too rarely for some unlucky players
  • NPC characters having large fleets of duplicate ships
  • Ships in the ship list flickering/ switching around
  • Issues with selecting ships when preparing for an expedition
  • Ships returning to the wrong island after an expedition
  • The Shift+V command not working on depots
  • Ships of quest givers not despawning after the quests are finished, which can crowd NPC harbors
  • The Sunken Treasures session of Cape Trelawney being available without first doing the respective expedition
  • Ships drifting/ leaving their positions by themselves
  • Ships duplicating on the world map by registering multiple times for session transfer
  • Influence point balance being affected by saving and loading a game
  • Issues with manually loading/ unloading oil tankers
  • Quest objects spawning in water

Game Update 6 (December)

Game Update 6, including the previously announced co-op mode and statistics system, will be released alongside our third DLC, The Passage, in December. Combining all these content drops into one update will allow us to focus all of our polishing efforts into one release, giving us extra time for additional extensive testing of all the new content and new features. We are also planning to involve some of our Anno Union members in these tests, similar to the co-op technical test we conducted last week (more on that later this month).

We appreciate that some of you are very keen to get your hands on the co-op mode as soon as possible, but we hope that you will agree that getting the most polished experience possible is worth a few more weeks of patience.  

We are as committed and focused on improving Anno 1800 as ever, and are looking forward to sharing more news on everything included in Game Update 6 – including the new arctic session, resident tiers, production chains and airships from The Passage, as well as the free co-op mode and new statistics features – in the weeks to come. Thank you all for your patience and ongoing support.

The Anno 1800 Team

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Game Update 5.2 and Playtest

When our scouts returned from their reconnaissance mission, they handed over mysterious reports about vanishing vessels at the gate to the high seas. The rumors spread quickly around our islands and it took mere days until you could listen to old sailor’s cock and bull stories about missing crews and ghost ships in every dockland pub. We had to act as we already set things in motion to start our next big expedition.

Game Update 5.2

After we received reports about gameplay affecting bugs such as the ship duplication as well as other issues still persistent after Game Update 5.1, we decided to publish another Game Update this week Thursday.

Anno 1800 Game Update 5.2 Release Notes

  • Fixed an issue where ships got duplicated after save game reload. As part of this fix, all duplicate “ghost ships” will turn into actual ships under the control of the player, which will prevent the player from losing any good loaded onto the ships. Due to these additional ships being given to the player, it is possible that you will experience a loss of influence points, which can be regained by destroying the additional ships after unloading them.
  • The Ubisoft Club rewards for the Botanica DLC (the “Duck Pond” and the “Outdoor Arcade”) are now redeemable from the Ubisoft Club Rewards section in Uplay.
  • Fixed an issue where idle ships can be seen off the map when reloading an older save game.
  • These ships should now be recoverable.
  • Fixed an issue where AI ships could get stuck at the border of the map.
  • Fixed a situation where, upon save game reload, trains could be stuck in the Oil Refinery or in the power plant, which could lead to less oil being transported than intended.
  • Fixed a desync error that occurred upon trigger of a participant’s message.
  • Fixed a desync that occurred due to quests that triggered ships with invalid items.
  • Botanica ornaments can now be placed freely in your cities from the construction menu (Artisan / Obrero / Culture tabs).
  • Items such as flowerbeds can now also be activated via the item section of any Warehouse, not only from your Harbor.
  • Adjusted the tool tip and effect for the “Rabies Vaccine” item. We made various text adjustments.
  • An issue preventing some players from completing the quest “The Nameless Author” has been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where the route information in the trade route menu could show more ships being assigned to a route than was actually the case.

Co-Op Playtest

With Botanica and Game Update 5 just behind us, we look onward to the next big stop on our Anno post-launch journey. With the next free Game Update on the horizon, we want to invite members of the Anno Union to a focus playtest session starting next week Monday. This test will helps us to accumulate additional data for the upcoming Game Update 6.

For this test, we are looking for Union members who are willing to test the upcoming Co-op feature from Monday, September 23 until Sunday, September 29.

With this test we are specifically looking for data and issues related to game connectivity, so while playing daily is not mandatory, we encourage testers to play as much as possible to provide is with external data for a variety of different scenarios.

The test will be under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) and as we specifically test the new co-op multiplayer feature, single player will not be part of the test.

If you want to join the focus test, please send an e-mail to union-playtest@bluebyte.de, including the following data;

Ubisoft Forum Name
Uplay Name
Country Code

We will provide all further details, such as how to access the test and where to post feedback, via email to all participants until the end of the week.



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Devblog: Botanica

By the end of the nineteenth century, the world was largely connected by trading networks, and the industrial revolution brought a spirit of enthusiasm that modernized society. However, while democracy replaced monarchy in many parts of the world, the general populace had limited ways to be a part of cultural and intellectual exchanges. Workers often shared newspapers after a long shift, and eventually museums, zoos, and botanical gardens were made available for everyone. These places were once exclusively for the aristocracy, but ultimately they served as cultural gathering spots for everyone, exposing more people to a larger and more diverse world. Society entered an exciting age of exploration, preservation, and cultural exchange.  

Botanica, the second Season Pass DLC, brings an additional cultural building project to the world of Anno 1800. From inviting green avenues, to flowery compositions or as wondrous as colorful exotic plants from far away, the botanical garden is a feast for the eye in your thriving metropolis. Coming with various sets of flora from around the world to use in your decorative garden modules, we add additional ornaments for Anno players who want to live out their inner expressionist.

The Botanical Garden – Experience the Floral Wonders of Mother Nature

Botanica has a total of 21 unique botanical modules, an additional greenhouse, and 11 new ornaments,   including flowerbeds and topiaries, which can be used in all three cultural building projects. The new ornaments work as connectors between modules, which leads to more freedom and creativity when expanding the botanical garden, zoo, or museum. To allow all players of Anno 1800 to build more freely, we will also bring the old plaza tile connectors back as a part of the free Game Update 5. We are excited to see players’ creations of stunning vistas, centerpieces surrounded by fountains, and challenging labyrinth structures.

The new ornaments are available via the botanical exhibition in the world fair, but in addition to that, we decided to make them largely available from traders like Madame Kahina and Archibald. Players will also get them as rewards for quests and new expedition events. The new event encounters will let you experience stories of keen botanists willing to risk everything to bring Mother Nature’s floral diversity to the people.

Your large garden estate begs to be filled with floral wonders, and for that we added new sets for the botanical gardens, with 59 new plant items in total. While previous zoo and museum sets mainly affected the attractiveness of your city, we will change things up with Botanica. The sets, whose themes are based on various plant families, their natural biomes, or their use for medical or other purposes, will grant you specific fertilities for the island where the botanical garden is located upon completion.

This gives the garden more practical purpose beyond city attractiveness, as it allows you to strategically place the cultural building on a production island to boost your economy. The Andean set, for example, will add precious coffee fertility on new world islands, or make wheat grow in the old world. On top of that, the effects further boost the productivity of the farms tied to that specific fertility. They affect the island where the garden with the full set is placed, with five different fertility effects for each biome and a total of nine sets. And as we want you to freely play around with the new options, we increased the amount of influence free modules for the botanical garden from 10 to 20.

The Music Pavilion – Enjoy the Symphony Orchestra

You have created stunning museum areas and zoo grounds, but we thought that one piece was missing, a true highlight in your cultural wonderland. The new Music Pavilion is the perfect gathering place for tourists and residents to listen to an orchestra playing symphonies of classic Anno themes while the sunset paints the metropole in a scenic light. Once you’ve found the five music notes containing themes from Anno 1701, 1404, 2205, 2070, as well as the “modern” classic from 1800, you can play them at any time to listen to the orchestra while taking a break from extensive trade route management. The Music Pavilion itself is not limited to the botanical garden; you can build one in each zoo, museum, or garden. The music tracks will also provide an attractiveness buff to certain sets in cultural buildings.

And here comes our second Season Pass DLC: Botanica, in numbers:

  • 21 unique botanical modules
  • 1 glasshouse module
  • 11 unique ornaments modules (such as flower beds and topiaries, usable with all cultural buildings)
  • 9 new sets for your botanical garden, consisting of a total of 59 plants items
  • The new Music Pavilion, which can be constructed in every cultural building
  • The Music Pavilion comes with 5 music tracks from the classic themes of Anno 1701, 1404, 2070, 2205, and 1800

That’s all for today’s insights about the second Season Pass DLC, a true content pack for all beauty builders out there, before we take you on an adventure in the icy north this winter.

Botanica will be available from September 10 as part of the Anno 1800 Season Pass or as a stand-alone purchase.

As always, please share your feedback in the comments below and stay tuned for future updates and content from the Anno Union community!

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Union Update: GU5 and Twitch Drop Event

In today’s Union Update, we get ready for the big content drop next week with the Game Update 5 release notes and the details about our Twitch Drop Botanica event before we follow up with Devblog: Botanica tomorrow and the next Annocast Devstream. Don’t forget to follow our Twitch channel to get notified when we go online with our developer stream this Thursday 4.30pm CEST. And as this week is already quite packed with Anno news and content, we will share the winner of the Corsair Day&Night cycle next week!

Twitch Drop Event: Botanica

To celebrate our upcoming Season Pass DLC Botanica and the Game Update 5, coming next week Tuesday on September 10, we will run another Twitch Drop event beginning this Friday.
The whole event takes place from Friday September 6 and to give you some time to pick your favourite streamer, will last until September 15.

During the Event, you will be able to watch how a variety of selected Twitch Streamers wake their inner artist and demonstrate how inspiring or questionable they make use of Anno 1800’s beauty building features.
Annoholics watching the shows can grab two brand new ornaments, the Anno Union flag and the Botanica billboard. The only thing you need to do is link your Uplay to your Twitch account and watch the streamers during the event for up to 3 consecutive hours to receive your loot.

You can check on how to link your accounts here: Ubisoft Twitch Drop FaQ

If you entertain yourself with Anno 1800 during the event for one hour, you will get the „Anno Union Flagpole” ornament and if you binge a channel for three hours, you will obtain the „Botanica“ Billboard to advertise your new botanical garden.

You can find the full list of all participating Streamer here:
ValleGaming (German)
monstersandexplosions (German)
Radlerauge (German)
writing_bull (German)
Mathia (Dutch)
Midnan (Dutch)
Achterklap (Dutch)
HeyChrissa (English)
YogsLomadia (English)
Caaaaate (English)
Belannaer (English)
Cringer (English)
Venalis (English)
rockalone (Polish)
losiugra (Polish)
urqueeen (Polish)

Anno 1800 on Uplay +

As you might know already, Anno 1800 will become part of the new Uplay + subscription service, where subscribers can play a vast amount of Ubisoft title, among them Anno 1800 including all DLC content.

If you are owner of the Anno 1800 base game and decide to join Uplay + or to test our new service for the first month, you will be able to enjoy our DLC content. However, please keep in mind to back up your save games, as activating the DLC’s will not be revertible on your saves. After your trial and subscription ends, these saved states of the game where DLC’s are enabled will not be playable anymore until you own the DLC or get access to the content via subscribing to Uplay +.

Game Update 5 Release Notes

As a part of the Botanica Season Pass DLC, we will release Game Update 5 for every player of Anno 1800 on September 10. Please find the details of the upcoming update below.

Added support for the new Botanica DLC (available as part of the Anno 1800 Season Pass or as a standalone purchase), which allows you to turn your city green with a new modular botanical garden.

Let there be night! We have added a new dynamic day & night cycle to make sure your city looks stunning at any time of day! In addition to the cycle, you can at any time select one of four lighting presets (dawn, day, dusk or night).
Added new plaza tiles and reworked four existing ornaments to serve as connectors for your cultural buildings, allowing you to create much more lifelike and varied museums and zoos.

“I got your back”. Giving an order to escort a ship that has been ordered to switch sessions will now have the escort ships follow their charges to the new session, making your trade ships much less vulnerable.

The AI ceasefire has ended, and third-party characters can now attack pirates. Look out Anne Harlow, Archibald’s cannon towers are no longer just for decoration!

We have added some botanical themed expedition events to the pool of available events you might encounter on your adventures.

The size of UI text can now be increased up to a font size of 28.

Purchasing ships
Up to now, players were able to buy ships from different AI characters at prices that were far lower than the combined price of the construction materials needed to build those ships. With that in mind, we have rebalanced the buying price for all these ships to bring their purchase price in line with the cost of the materials.

Battlecruiser: Raised the price from 90k to 800k
Monitor: Raised the price from 40k to 350k
Cargo Ship: Raised the price from 30k to 300k.
Oil Tanker: Raised the price from 60k to 300k

In additional, we have also raised the purchase prices of all special variations of ships to reflect their unique nature. For example, the Pyrphorian Battlecruiser will now cost 1.2M credits, as compared to the 800k for the regular Battlecruiser.

Ship Balancing

Pyrphorian Monitor: Increased the hit points from 3,000 to 5,000
Pyrphorian Battlecrusier: Raised the hit points from 5,000 to 8,000 and lowered the attack cooldown from 3.4 seconds to 2.9 seconds.
Pyrphorian Command Ship: Increased the hit points from 3,500 to 6,000.
Royal Ship-of-the-Line: Increased hitpoints from 4,500 to 5,000.
Pirate ship of the line: Lowered attack cooldown from 8 seconds to 7.5 seconds.

General bug fixes
Fixed an issue that allowed two pirates to show up in the South American session. This fix is not retroactive, and only prevents this issue from appearing in new saves.

Improved the behavior of double-click ship selection.

Adjusted the coloring of some ornamental floor tiles, which were darker than others.

The “Space” bar can now be rebound to other actions from the options menu.

Improved the behavior of repair cranes to ensure that they fully repair one ship before staring work on another.

Fixed an issue with the consumption tax from a newspaper boost not properly increasing the balance.

Fixed an issue where AI ships could be stuck on certain coastlines.

Fixed a potential performance issue that could appear when the productivity of caoutchouc plantations was boosted with items.

Ensured that the diplomatic victory condition is greyed out/ unavailable in the multiplayer lobby.

Fixed an issue with expedition screens sometimes not showing the success percentage.
Fixed an issue where two items would appear as flotsam besides the La Isla Harbor after the discovery expedition ended in campaign mode.

You can no longer drag the chat box out of the screen in multiplayer.

Fixed an issue with the storage limit not working properly while in campaign mode.

Fixed an issue with building bridges by connecting two existing roads on a riverbank.

Improved the visibility of the button to switch pages in the cultural buildings menu.

Fixed an issue that could prevent the deletion of save files from the save file management menu.

Fixed an issue with destroyed ships being wrongly displayed in the route menu if they were sunk during the creation of a new trade route.

Removed a visual glitch that could occur when hovering over a selected residential building with the demolition tool.

Changing appearance via Shift+V should no work properly in move mode.

Fixed an issue with an empty icon sometimes appearing in the exchange ship menu during expedition setup.

Quests
Fixed an issue that allowed you to receive scrap-elated quests without owning a diving bell ship.

Fixed an issue with audio being played twice when using the replay audio button in the ques book.

The quest objective for the “Open Book 2” quest from George Smith now displays properly.

Improved the behavior of photo quests to make sure that the quest objective is actually in the frame of the picture. No more cheating!

Localization
Fixed a typo in the German text for the “Die Amazonen” expedition event.

Fixed an issue with some debug text showing up in the Japanese localization.

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Union Update: That was gamescom 2019!

We are back from gamescom 2019, but there’s no rest for the wicked, as the next DLC drop is just around the corner. Today, we give you an overview of what happened during the world biggest game convention and some info about what is yet to come in the upcoming weeks.

As many of you already know, we revealed our new Season Pass trailer during the opening ceremony of gamescom 2019, giving you not only a glimpse at upcoming DLCs like Botanica or the icy The Passage DLC, but also revealing the new day & night cycle that you will all be receiving as a free Game update alongside Botanica on September 10!

  • Our second Season Pass DLC, Botanica, drops September 10, alongside the free Game Update 5. You can look forward to a detailed DevBlog about your personal botanical garden next week!
  • Game Update 5 will bring you the free day & night cycle and the much improved return of certain plaza tiles you may have seen during our beta phases. As always, we will share the full release notes next week.
  • Our third Season Pass DLC, The Passage, will be appropriately released this winter. We don’t want to share anything beyond what was seen in the trailer… but have you see those airships?

Ubisoft Lounge

During our Ubisoft Lounge presentations at gamescom, we showcased the new day & night cycle in detail, provided some information about the development of the content and invited you to extensive AMA sessions. As always, we got a lot of feedback, ideas and impressions to take back to work with us, and it was once again a delight to be able to speak and to discuss face to face with some of our Annoholics.

During gamescom, we were told that it would be interesting to learn more about the development of the Day & Night cycle, including challenges and interesting insights from an art and overall development perspective. How does that sound for the rest of the Union- are you hungry for more behind the scenes content to learn more about the development of the game?

Botanica Devblog, Live-Stream and Twitch Drops

Next week, we will not only share the Game Update 5 notes, but also bring you the DevBlog: Botanica- but that is still not enough! That’s why we will also show you the new content in another live-stream hosted on twitch.tv/ubisoftbluebyte

Tune in next week Thursday, September 5th at 4.30pm CEST when Game Designer Natacha and ComDev Basti demonstrate the beauty of the botanical garden while answering questions from the chat as well as from our Union comments section.

And one last bit of Botanica news is that our Twitch Drops Event will return with a new billboard and an Anno Union flag obtainable from September 6 until September 15. Stay tuned and save the date, as we will share the exact details and participating channels next week!

Contest Winners! #Annogeil

While we are still going through the illuminated screenshots of our #AnnoDayNight screenshot contest, we had another small contest going during gamescom: #Annogeil (which roughly translates to #crazyforanno or #thisisreallyhardtoltranslateliterally).
While we need some more time to choose the #Annodaynight winners, here are the best #annogeil (#crazyforanno) pictures from our small gamescom contest.

First Place goes to Smoper!
Congrats Smoper, the Corsair Ironclaw Wireless RGB Mouse and a Anno 1800 surprise bag will find a new home as soon as you are back from your vacation!

Second Place goes to: Mr. Tnt1970
A Corsair M350 Premium Mouse Pad and a Anno 1800 goodie bag will find their way into your collection! (we are a bit jealous of your Annoholic shirt, though!)

Third Place goes to the master collector Silvio himself!
And you can look forward to a Corsair M300 Premium Mouse Pad as well as some Anno goodies (be honest here, you have everything by now, don’t you?)

Special Mention goes to Beulemann
As your #Annogeil experience was hindered, we decided to also throw in an Anno Union care package for you!

Congratulations to all winners; we will get in contact with you via Twitter to send your prices on their way. We will now assemble a team to go through all the submissions of the #Annodaynight contest!

“Annohol” – German Cover

It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of German singer and songwriter Herbert Grönemeyer or whether you understand German. Just lean back and listen to this amazing cover of Grönemeyers “Alkohol”(“Alcohol”. Well. That was easy. Congrats, you’ve learned German!) by Radlerauge. It’s worth it!

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Try Anno 1800 for free until August 25 and discover the new Day & Night Cycle!

Experience the Industrial Revolution and Be the First to Test the New Day & Night Cycle during the Anno 1800 Free Week!

Today, we announced that Anno 1800 will be free to play for the occasion of gamescom 2019. Until August 25*, players will be able to get a first glimpse at the upcoming day & night cycle free update, releasing on September 10 for all the players. In addition, the second DLC of the game, Botanica, will also release on September 10 as part of the Season Pass.

Starting today until August 25* players can play for free Anno 1800 on Uplay and the Epic Games Store. The free trial includes the first three tiers of the sandbox mode along with the multiplayer mode. In addition, players will be able to try out for the first time the upcoming day & night cycle and enjoy the beauty of their city by night, to be released as a free update for every Anno 1800 player on September 10.

For Anno players who already own the game, please keep in mind that while the Day & Night cycle will be coming to the full game as a free update on September 10, you can only try it next week as part of the Free Week version. If you want to see the content before it comes out, we recommend to download the free version to check out the upcoming content update.

On September 10, Season pass holders will discover Botanica, the second DLC of Anno 1800. Players will be able to grow their city’s attractiveness to new heights with a modular Botanical Garden, allowing them to earn new items and rewards as they draw the tourist masses to their floral masterpiece. Alternatively, they will be able to construct the new Musical Pavilion and enjoy beloved tracks from previous Anno games inside their city.  

Beyond that, we are happy to give you a first small teaser at our third DLC, The Passage, which is coming this Winter, and will allow you to construct your very own trading airships!

Click here to play Anno 1800 for free this week!

*The Free Trial ends on August 26, 9am CEST

With the possibilities of a magical night, what better time to start a new creative contest! Together with the Free Trial, we ask you to share your wonderful screenshots with us.

And here are the rules:
– Share your #AnnoDayNight screenshot with us on Social Media or in our dedicated Ubisoft forum thread: Link.

– The deadline is August 26, and we will announce the winners in an upcoming Union Update.

And here are prices, sponsored to bring light into your gaming room by our friends at Corsair:

1st price: Nightsword RGB gaming mouse, MM800 RGB mousepad, ST100 RGB headset stand


2nd price: Nightsword RGB gaming mouse, MM800 RGB mousepad


3rd price: Nightsword RGB gaming mouse

And on top of that, we throw in one new exclusive Anno 1800 gamescom shirt as a surprise…. good luck and let there be (star)light!

Legal note:

*This software is a free demo of Anno 1800, playable from August 19th, 2019 10pm CEST to August 26th, 2019 9am CEST. This demo is provided AS-IS, may not contain the same content as the full/final game, may not function as expected, and may crash. Please note that maintenance may also occur at any time during this period, rendering you unable to access parts or all of the demo. Ubisoft does not commit to providing customer support for the demo.

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Union Update: gamescom 2019

Once a year at gamescom, hundreds of thousands of gamers from across the globe come together to celebrate games in Cologne. And once more, we want to invite all Annoholics out there to join our Community Corner sessions in the Ubisoft Lounge and to get a first glimpse of upcoming content.

The Ubisoft Lounge, which is located in the Ubisoft area in Hall 6, is our own dedicated community space where once a day, Anno fans come together to discuss all things Anno with our Community Developer, Bastian Thun. Alongside our daily stage presentations, you can rest assured that we will have some news to share with all of you!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at gamescom 2019, as there is no advance registration to the Lounge sessions required (though we recommend to arrive early, as space is limited).

And when you are there, don’t forget to share your #Anno1800 #gamescom2019 moments with us (and the community) on Social Media!

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