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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: GU4 and Twitch Drop Event

With July 30 less than a week away, the release of our first big Season Pass DLC „Sunken Treasures“ and our Game Update 4, which includes many quality of life changes, draws ever closer. But before we share the full release notes of GU4 with all of you, we want to talk about our upcoming “Sunken Treasures” Twitch Drop Event!

During the Event, which starts this Friday July 26, you will be able to watch how a variety of select Twitch Streamers explore Cape Trelawney and dive deep to retrieve lost treasures. But getting a preview of the upcoming content is not enough, as watchers of the streams will be able to unlock two exclusive billboard ornaments for their Anno 1800 game.


The only thing you need to do is to watch one of the selected channels playing Anno 1800 for a set amount of time while having your Uplay account linked to your Twitch account. And if you haven’t done so yet, 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 „Anarchy“ Billboard ornament and if you binge a channel for three hours, you will obtain the „Sunken Treasures“ Billboard to beautify your city.

You can find the full list of all participating Streamer here:
ValleGaming (German)
monstersandexplosions (German)
writing_bull (German)
Baso (German)
AnniTheDuck (German)
Caaaaate (English)
HeyChrissa (English)
Mathia (Dutch)
Midnan (Dutch)
Achterklap (Dutch)
Koinsky (French)
Scok (French)
EasterGamersTV (Turkish)
Chiches (Spanish)
rockalone (Polish)
losiugra (Polish)
urqueeen (Polish)

Game Update 4 Release Notes

Game Update 4 adds support for Anno 1800’s first DLC pack, “Sunken Treasures”, for all Season Pass owners. In addition to buying “Sunken Treasures” as part of the Season Pass, you can also buy it standalone or as part of the Anno 1800 Gold Edition (which includes Anno 1800 Digital Deluxe Edition and the Season Pass).

While “Sunken Treasures” is paid content, everything you will find in the Release Notes below will be free for all Anno 1800 players as part of Game Update 4.

You can now zoom the camera significantly further out, giving you a better overview of your majestic islands (which you can activate in the Gameplay options menu).

We have further improved and optimized game performance, leading to smoother gameplay across most graphics settings. As part of this, users will now also note an improved viewing range.

A new, improved minimum stock system has been added to the Trading Post. In order to replace the old system, we need to remove the old settings from all your existing trade routes.

We have reworked and rebalanced Expedition rewards to make them feel more rewarding across all difficulty levels. New expedition reward tiers per difficulty are now:

Easy => only uncommon or rare rewards.

Medium => Only rare or epic rewards.

Hard => Only epic or legendary rewards.

We have improved the usability of the trade routes menu, adding a text filter and a toggle for other ships displayed in the trade route menu strategy map. You can also select these ships to add them to your trade routes from the strategy map. Hovering over a trade route entry will now immediately show the trade route on the map. Finally, trade routes are now sorted alphabetically to make them easier to keep track of.

We have reduced the notifications spam for low threat incidents. Incidents such as small fires which are no major threat will no longer trigger a notification.

After several bargaining rounds, we have convinced the workers responsible for loading and unloading oil onto your trains to work faster, resulting in these operations happening twice as fast.

Incoming trade ships will now make full use of all harbors on an island, trying to avoid lengthy traffic jams in front of one harbor while others remain unused.

Architectural expos in your world fair will now reward you with more than three ornaments at a time.

Previously defeated pirates will now bring a small fleet instead of a single ship upon their return to the game. It now takes them 30 minutes to rebuild.

The multiplayer chat has been completely reworked.

BALANCING

Rebalanced the quality of rewards granted by resident quests.

Generally improved the generation of rewards for a variety of activities (quests, drops etc.). This can lead to some items appearing less often, while some previously very rare items will appear more frequently.

Rebalanced the moral value for difficulty level three expeditions. The morale bar should now fill up faster.

Quests:

  • Fixed an issue with missing objectives for “Open Book 2” voluntary quest provided by George Smith.
  • Fixed a missing icon in quest tracker/book for Princess Qing’s voluntary quest “Shadow Puppets: Part 3”.
  • Fixed the “jump to location” button for Princess Qing’s voluntary quest “Shadow Puppets: Part 3”.
  • Fixed the “Hostage Rescue” campaign quest where buyable frigates would fight Pyrphorian ships.

Items:

  • Fixed the specialist items “Actor” and “Sarah Bartok” which previously had an invalid effect for the Theatre building.
  • Fixed the “Poster of the Leader” item not having any effects (it now provides additional workforce and a bit extra happiness, but reduces taxes).
  • The “Footman” specialist item now provides more taxes.
  • Fixed items increasing the maximum residents being inactive after loading a save file. The item effects are now also calculated slightly different than before. Affected items are “The Withdrawal Amendment”, “Contraception Regulation”, “Papal Paper of Prenatal Preservation”, “Jakob Sokow, The Charitable Banker”, “Louis P. Hecate, Arm-Puncturing Pioneer”, “Chief George Doughty, Smouldering Hero”, “Saint D’ Artois, Vision of the Valley”.

Multiplayer:

  • Fixed an issue where a player could not be re-invited to a saved multiplayer match if they were not on the Uplay friend list of the player loading the save file.
  • Fixed the cancel invitation button having no icon in the “Invited Friend” section of the multiplayer lobby.
  • Added an error message for the client if the host leaves the multiplayer lobby.

UI:

  • Fixed an issue with the electricity icon being shown in the World Fair’s Foundation menu before electricity is needed.
  • Fixed text input in the trade route menu being reset if the player didn’t press the ENTER key.
  • Fixed “session transfer” or “expedition assigned” text overlapping the cargo slots in ship menus.
  • Fixed truncated text in ship menus when transferring to another region.
  • Fixed debug text being shown in trade menu tooltips if the camera was moved to another island in the background.
  • Fixed an UI issue in the charter route setup that occurred when dragging the amount slider out of the box, which could accidentally close the goods selection window.
  • Steam ships and sailing ships now have different icons to make them more distinguishable in the trade route menu.
  • The edit screen of the newspaper now shows the currently available influence (previously the publish button would just be greyed out when the cost exceeded the available influence).
  • Fixed an issue with overlapping icons in the marketplace menu when only artisans, engineers and investors were present on an island.
  • Fixed the working conditions menu sometimes not remembering values if the player would change the productivity by typing in the text field instead of using the slider.
  • Fixed the construction menu not remembering the category sorting when loading a save file.

Graphics:

  • Fixed an issue with flickering dirt roads while zooming the camera.
  • Fixed firework effect persisting after loading a save file

Localization:

  • Fixed a typo in the German localization of “Die Amazonen” expedition screens.
  • Fixed a German localization issue with Margaret Hunt’s reaction to one of their buildings being destroyed.
  • Fixed a typo in the English localization of the “Iron Dragon” expedition event.
  • Fixed English text shown in the German localization of the ship object menu if the player would send a ship to another session.

Misc.:

  • Oil ships should now approach the correct coast when multiple oil ships are assigned to a trade route.
  • Improved visualization of ships traveling between sessions on the world map.
  • Fixed ships moving at their individual fastest speed even if the “grouped” option was selected.
  • Fixed an issue with defeated pirate ships still being shown on the mini map.
  • Improved display of highlighted buildings when using the demolish tool.
  • Added three new filters for notifications when ships set on a trade route encounter a problem.
  • Fixed buffs granted by animals in the Zoo staying active even after the main building of the Zoo was demolished.
  • Fixed an issue in the newspaper after a war declaration where the player’s name was shown instead of the name of the AI declaring war.
  • Fixed several misleading tooltips in the World Fair menu.
  • Fixed visitor pathfinding around the Bank building.
  • Fixed the “Load Game” entry in the main menu being visible without a save file being present.
  • Fixed an issue where the last playable game profile could not be deleted without restarting the game.
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Union Update – Streaming Week

Welcome back to the newest Union Update, this time a bit shorter than usual to leave us enough time to prepare the upcoming Closed Beta.

DevBlog: City Incidents – Moved
This week we planned to publish a blog taking a closer look at the City Incidents that you’ll have to deal with when creating your cities. We are still going to publish this blog, however, due to some workload caused by the  preparation of the upcoming Beta of Anno 1800, we decided to move the blog to February. That way, we have time to prepare the Closed Beta starting January 31st and bring you the hot insights about the incidents right after the test has concluded.

We teased to reveal another new feature for Anno 1800 last week and even though we had to move the City Incidents blog, rest assured that we will still raise the curtain on the new content before the Closed Beta starts!

AnnoCast moved to Thursday 24th & AnnoAfternoon this Friday 25th
A reminder that this week we’ll hold another AnnoCast and AnnoAfternoon that you can watch live on http://twitch.tv/ubisoftbluebyte.
As a headsup from last weeks announcement, we had to move the date of the next episode of our AnnoCast gamedev stream to this Thursday instead of Wednesday and we hope that despite the change in times, you’re going to watch because we have some interesting infos prepared and lot’s to show you!

AnnoCast: Quests and Expeditions – January 24th at 5pm CET / 11:00AM EST
AnnoAfternoon – January 25th at 5pm CET / 11:00AM EST

Follow our channel if you haven’t done so and use the links to the Events to receive a reminder when the Streams are about to begin.

That’s it for this week. Next week, we’ll have a huge chunk of information regarding the coming Beta and a DevBlog, so make sure you bookmark the Union and follow us on Social Media so you’re not missing out.

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Anno Cast 05 – gamescom aftermath

Our gamedev live-stream will go live today at 4.30pm CEST at twitch.tv/ubisoftbluebyte
Alternatively, you can just watch the stream here in the Anno Union!

Watch live video from ubisoftbluebyte on www.twitch.tv

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Union Update: Stream Summary May

In today’s update, we will give you a summary of our last AnnoCast developer stream with Game Designer Natacha and UI Designer Jack. Grab a seat and see our completely overhauled UI, the City Attractiveness feature and the Zoo in action!

Thanks to everyone who joined our last AnnoCast , it is awesome to see how engaged Union members discuss and chat with us during our livestream. Our game developer streams provide a great opportunity to show you gameplay from the development version of Anno 1800 and this time, we put our big UI overhaul and the City Attractiveness feature in the limelight. A perfect moment for Game Designer Natacha to give us a tour through the zoo and to demonstrate how the new attractiveness feather offers a major gameplay addition to the Anno series.

Here is a quick overview:

Streaming Room and Community Creations
Even before our first episode of the AnnoCast, we asked you for screenshots and other community creations in order to decorate the streaming room. With the new streaming room, which was literally finished one day before we went live with AnnoCast 04, we can finally use your great screenshots and fan arts to decorate our wall.

Community Island
Speaking of community creations: as some very perceptive viewers accurately noticed, the island which we used for our stream is indeed the Community Island from GMExpresso! You can find out more details about the island here.

UI overhaul and traderoute menu
Since our last episode, Anno 1800’s UI went through a major overhaul. Our UI Designer Khajag “Jack” Jabaghchourian not only demonstrated the new UI, he also talked about the relevance of a good UI design and why it is so important in a strategy game like Anno 1800.
Being a major topic of AnnoCast 03, the traderoute menu was the perfect candidate to show you the visual improvements we added to the latest iteration of the UI. What do you think about the new UI overhaul and our artistic direction? Is Anno 1800’s UI and UX design something where you would like to share feedback or to learn more about in general?

If you want to compare the new and old UI for yourself, you can check out AnnoCast 03 HERE.

City Attractiveness
The Zoo is one of the huge construction projects for Anno 1800’s new City Attractiveness feature. Natacha Hentzien gave us not only a tour through her beautifully crafted tourist paradise, she also went with us to the zoo, showing of some of the common wildlife but also exotic species from far away. While you can sink hours in the highly customizable buildings, we also talked about ornaments, city hotspots and the new visitor harbour. Serving as the drop off point for tourists who want to explore your city, we also had to take care of a special visitor who decided to take root in our city.
But there is a flipside to the industrial revolution, the soot blackened factories are not really something you would call a marvellous vista for tourists. Did you like the smoke effect of our factories? Are you a fan of the tourist visual feedback and the zoo project?

Community Q&A

mmateos19
Rivers and small lakes in the island would be awesome!
Answer: We are currently working on it and hope to share some impressions pretty soon!

Netorak2
Is the purple colour on the menu a players choice or is it always the same?
Answer: There are currently no plans for a customizable UI colour scheme. However, the state of the UI shown during the stream still includes some older elements. The game UI is an ongoing project and with that, still subject to change for the next couple of month. We are really curious about any feedback regarding the UI so keep your questions and feedback coming!

martin1
Is it possible to move buildings?
Answer: Shouldn’t be that hard, right? We give you an update on that matter soon 🙂

eric_spielerheim
The zoo is still missing a fence, are there any plans to add a fence to it?
Answer: While there is currently no fence, we got a lot of feedback from the community and see what we can do!

TwitchChat
What does the Currency in the Public Moorings Interface mean?
Answer: That is the current income earned by tourists visiting your city.

SardaHDD
A
re we forced to make a pretty city and get tourists if we want the best modules/people?
Answer: We will provide many different options to get new items. Attractiveness is only one way to get them and some are specific to the way you can acquire items. So don’t worry, you don’t have to aim for a high City Attractiveness rating to get your hands on the precious specialists.

Sauerbraten95
What happens when I suddenly tear down my zoo? Will people protest?
Answer: The number of tourists visiting your city is determined by the attractiveness rating of your city. If it drops (because you reduce the modules in your zoo, swap out interesting for boring animals or create a new industrial district), a part of them will go back to the harbour and wait for the ferry to leave your island. They might change their mind if you provide new attractions, though.

Jalioss 
What is the max capacity for animals at the zoo? Or can I make the zoo as big as I want?
Answer: With the zoo, customizability and creative freedom are of highest importance. You will be able to freely build and place as many modules as you like, display a variety of different animals and biomes and make use of city ornaments between the animal enclosures.

Lord_Desert
How does it work with the rating for festivities and celebrations? I can’t see any points in that category on your island?
Answer: If the overall happiness of your residence raises, they might return you the favour with celebrations. Furthermore, there are other events which can push your happiness greatly for a short amount of time, which also might result in your residence organizing festivities in your city.

DieHun
W
ill we be able to place every ornament, tree, etc individually (like in 1404) or is it random like in 2205(hope not) where u just draw a rectangle and the game places everything for u?
Answer: You will have full control over what kind of ornament you want to place in your city.

Anno Afternoon #1

On Sunday, the 20th of May, we also had the premiere of our new Anno community stream:  AnnoAfternoon! Anno community team member Seraxia and O5ighter decided to challenge their skills with an old classic and fan favourite: Anno 1404. They even managed to reach a sizeable population of patricians in their town Wolfshafen, as it was named by our community.
In honour of most important trading partner, our first oriental settlement now bears the name “Al’s Summer Home” (since “Al Zahirs Summer Mansion” is a bit too long). A lot of questionable decisions – aside from naming conventions – were made, like placing a church in the oriental settlement instead of a mosque, as there was the hope that the Nomads would be happy with the choice.

We were having a lot of fun with you guys and we plan to continue where we have left in the next episode of AnnoAfternoon, coming next month from our re-decorated streaming room in Newcastle! (Probably not needing months in the process like our dear developers in Mainz :D)
Have you watched the community stream? Feel free to discuss our new community show, share your thoughts and don’t forget to let us know if you would like to see more formats like this in the future.

That was it for today’s community update, there is still a lot of work to do before some of our team members will find some well deserved rest during the upcoming bank holiday weekend in Germany. We will be back next week with a new DevBlog and further Union updates.

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Union Update: A toast to Anno 1602

It was 20 years ago, in March 1998, when the Anno series first raised anchors and set sails to conquer the PCs of gamers everywhere. Anno 1602 would go on to have a long lasting impact on strategy fans and the genre, spawning six follow-up titles in the main PC series over the next two decades- not to mention several other adaptions and spin-offs on platforms like the Nintendo DS, Wii, mobile or tablets.

To really take a trip down memory lane, and to make those of you who were with us from day one feel sufficiently old, let’s take a look at the game’s system requirements:

Operating System: Windows 95 / 98
CPU: Pentium 100 Processor
RAM: 16 MB RAM
GPU: PCI graphics adapter with 2 MB
Sound Processor: DirectX 6.0 compatible or better
Hard Drive: 160 MB
Drive: 4x CD-ROM

For the younger Anno fans among the audience- yes, that really says 16 megabyte (!) of RAM. The times, they are a-chaning in the Anno world! Another fun anecdote is that at the time of release, both gamers and gaming press alike stylized Anno as the big new challenger to Blue Byte’s beloved Settlers series, which was at the time the benchmark title in the historic city-building genre. Fast forward two decades, and the once fierce rivals are now a happy family united under the Ubisoft Blue Byte banner, with our Düsseldorf studio working on the ever-popular Settlers Online, while we in Mainz develop Anno 1800. It is a small world, after all.

With Anno 1800, we want to go back to our roots while utilizing the knowledge we gained over so many years. From humble beginnings 14 years ago, the team has grown together with the Anno series and our fans but many old veterans are still part of the team, while new additions to the team bring their creative and inspiring visions to the table.

While this week marks the 20th anniversary of the series, we want to celebrate Anno and our communities of fans out there throughout the whole year. Starting this week, we will host a small celebration live-stream this Wednesday at 4pm CET. There is enough space left in our time machine, so join us when we play old classic while probably eating some cake and losing ourselves in memories. There will be probably some talks about CRT monitors. However, keep your expectations in check- this stream will be about the series’ history, and won’t include any Anno 1800 news or footage.

Complete your Anno Collection with the Uplay Spring Sale
Did the nostalgic trip down memory lane make your fingers itch for some old-school Anno? If so, you are in luck- the Uplay Spring Sale is running all week until the end of March, including some great discounts on all the older Anno games and DLC packs. It is the perfect excuse to complete your collection in one go!

Buy your missing Anno games on Uplay

Anno Cast 03 aired last Thursday
Last week, our Anno Cast streaming show finally came out of hibernation. In case you’ve missed it, you can just watch the saved broadcast on our Twitch channel.

Watch AnnoCast 03 – Anno 1800 GameDev show from ubisoftbluebyte on www.twitch.tv

During the show, we answered some questions from our community, chatted a bit about the development process and demonstrated how the trade routes work in our gameplay section. Here are some of the answers from our stream:

OneClickLP: Why is the sun moving together with the camera, resulting in shadows turning with the camera angle?
Answer: When playing the game, you move the camera around a lot while also going through different camera angles. We want that, no matter from which angle you play, you always get the best scenery and lighting, which has been an Anno hallmark since the early days. However, you can choose whether the sun is moving with the camera or should remain fixed in the options menu.

loex1337: Talking about the working conditions, will there be sings for an imminent strike?
Answer: Yes, there will be visual feedback in the game and also context menus which enable you to get insights into the current happiness and developments in your city.

BlueBreath: I wonder if you also implemented an operating costs adjustment for buildings proportional to percentage of filled work spots.
Answer: A factory has not necessarily less operation cost if you are not able to keep your production fully going. However, things like that are in fact more complicated in reality. For Anno 1800, we do not want to overburden the micro-management part, so the operation cost won’t be affected by the working conditions.

Community: Is it possible to get high definition pictures from some of the concept arts and other screenshots you used on the Union? I would love to use them as a wallpaper.
Answer: We are currently working on a big web update and a new community section will be an important part of that. With the new community section, we want to create a space to highlight community creations and fan sites but also provide wallpapers and some other requested assets.

Palemale53: Will I need to satisfy the needs of my inhabitants separately on each island?
Answer: All buildings unlock globally but if you establish a second island, you will need to fulfill your residents’ needs in order to level them up to higher tiers or to keep them happy.

banan1996.1996: How does transferring workforce between island work? Will ships be needed for that?
Answer: You won’t need to build or use your existing ships to transfer your workforce. However, there will be a proper visual representation for workforce being moved to other islands. The system will have some similarities to the energy transfer from Anno 2070, but we will share more details at a later stage.

XGrindYourMindX: Will there be unemployment or is workforce overhead just waiting quietly?
Answer: We tried many things during the early conception phase but we do not think that managing the employment of your residents would do the game any favor. With other resource, operation cost and especially construction management (not talking about trading and other economic aspects), the game can get already pretty complex and deep if you want to make use of all features.

zelsphere: My guess is all these beautiful buildings must be using 2k resolutions textures, with diffuse, spec/gloss, and normal how are you you able to run the game so smoothly with all these buildings utilize such high texture maps?

Dawnreaver: Would it be possible to go into more detail on the technical aspects? I know that previous versions of the engines worked with LODs, but do they also batch the textures?
Answer: Indeed we can’t keep all the textures in memory. We dynamically load them depending on the current camera location in the game. Textures that haven’t been used for a long time are kicked out of memory. One challenge for a strategy game is the highly dynamic camera, e.g. sudden camera jumps via the minimap: If a building’s texture is suddenly needed but isn’t loaded yet, we usually have at least a low-resolution version in memory. In the meantime the high-res version starts loading in the background. With that said, a buildings’ texture size actually depends on its grid size, so a 3×3 building has smaller textures than a large factory. Finally, our buildings usually have albedo, normal, gloss, metallicity and ambient occlusion textures, all BC7-compressed. Some of them are packed into other ones (e.g. normal and gloss are a single texture map)

We are looking forward to the stream this Wednesday and hope that many of you join to share their own Anno anecdotes with us. As the Easter weekend is coming up, there won’t be a DevBlog this week, and no Union Update next Monday.

 

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