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Union Update: Closed Beta Information

Keeping it short and sweet today, as we’re in the middle of preparations for the Closed Beta! And we got a few details that could be of interest to you. Plus a small tease at the coming DevBlog! 

Get ready for the Anno 1800 Closed Beta
The Closed Beta will be a bit bigger than last years Technical Test. And if you were one of the lucky selectees, then you won’t have to wait too long. Invitations will be sent out in the coming days, so check your inbox (and spam folders 😉 ).

A few things to note:

  • As with the Technical Test, this Beta is not representative for the finished game, which we’re currently finishing and polish so it’s ready for the big launch in April. Some things won’t work occasionally or outright break. This is intentional, as the Beta gives us important insights into topics such as Balance and Performance of the game. So please use the Closed Beta Forums (which will be opened on the english Ubisoft Forums soon) to provide us with Feedback and Bug Reports.
  • No NDA: This Closed Beta won’t have an NDA. That means you can stream, record and share videos and discuss your experiences in public. And we urge you to do so! If you’re on Social Media, make use of Hashtags such as #Anno1800, #AnnoUnion, #AnnoUnionCB und #Anno1800CB, so other Annoholics and ourselves can find your messages.
  • The Closed Beta won’t encompass the full game. The campaign won’t be playable and you can only reach the third residential tier in Endless Mode. Additionally, you’ll be able to challenge or cooperate with other players in Multiplayer, as well as explore and build in the New World.
  • The Closed Beta will run from 31. January 2019 to the 4th of February 2019.

Registering for the Closed Beta
If you’re still wondering how to get a chance to participate in the Beta: Log into the Anno Union with your Uplay Account or register a new Uplay Account if you don’t have one. You can do that using the buttons in the upper right corner of this website.

So if you haven’t yet logged into the Union for whichever reason, now’s the time to get that sorted. 🙂

System Requirements for the Closed Beta
There are only minimal changes from the specs since the Technical Test, but please keep in mind that these still aren’t final, as we’re still optimizing the game.

Current Minimum Specs:

  • CPU: Intel i5 3470 oder AMD FX 6350
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 670 GTX oder AMD Radeon R9 285
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (jeweils 64-bit)
  • Hard Drive: 60 GB

Current Recommended Specs:

  • CPU: Intel i5 4690k oder AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 970 GTX oder AMD Radeon RX 480
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (jeweils 64-bit)
  • Hard Drive: 60 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 still in the middle of localisation of texts and recording voiceovers. Therefore we’ll only be able to offer this Closed Beta in English only. Sorry about that!

When we release in April, the following languages will be available:

Fully localised Text and Audio

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Russian

Fully localised Text

  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Chinese (traditional and simplified)

Livestreams and Videos
If you have no opportunity to play yourself or need to take a break from being at your computer, then you can still get some impression from the Anno 1800 Closed Beta. You can check out what other players show from the game on Youtube, Twitch and Mixer.

Last but not least, we’ll want to show off the Closed Beta Trailer here. It was first revealed during last weeks AnnoCast and gives you an idea about the Feature we’ll showcase in this weeks DevBlog.

And that’s it for this weeks Union Update. We wish you all good luck to get a Beta invite!


  1. inviss85 inviss85

    i would love to join the beta….anyone got a key for me?

    just ended my workingweek and realized that there alreay is a Anno Beta running 🙁

    my Uplay Nick: inviss85

  2. minidak03 minidak03

    Anyone have a spare beta key? Always loved the anno series. Prepurchased this new edition almost immediately via steam was a bit sad to see the release date pushed back but im sure it’ll be worth the wait

  3. MoKnowzTV MoKnowzTV

    Would really love to check this out if anyone is feeling generous and has an extra beta key , username is MoKnowzTV , Thanks!

  4. HowManyChars HowManyChars

    I guess I am a bit late for the beta…-_-

  5. Carian211 Carian211

    I’d Love a beta key if anyone has any left – Carian211 :3

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  6. fredlangva fredlangva

    I got to play the Technical Test and enjoyed the game. It was pretty bug free on my playthrough. I didn’t get another invite though 🙁 – Guess I’ll have to wait until April 🙁

  7. G0thmor G0thmor

    would be nice to get a key?


    The first o is a zero

  8. Fatalfury87 Fatalfury87

    If anyone has an extra key for me, I would love to try it out. Please and thank you
    Uplay Name : Fatalfury87

  9. iceman0I iceman0I

    Need beta key or invitation…thanks

  10. FalconX05 FalconX05

    Any new friends with a spare key? lol

  11. Thordell Thordell

    I am looking for a Beta code, if you have any left.
    Id is Thordell

  12. Belinik Belinik

    Might be bit late to ask but anyone got a spare key for me ? Belinik on uplay

  13. Nadervader22 Nadervader22

    Darn, I was looking forward to the beta but didn’t get the invite 🙁 I stayed up all night

  14. Tony2401_ Tony2401_

    Suche auch noch einen Key!
    Invite bitte an uplay: Tony2401_

  15. Quofeous Quofeous

    🙁 does anybody have a spare beta key pls if you do my user name is Quofeous, love 1404 and 2070 but could not get into 2205 but do love the look of 1800 :(, so if any one does have a spare key ty very much

  16. Zolgo55 Zolgo55

    Anyone have a spare key, I didn’t get an invite. 🙁

    Username is: Zolgo55

  17. Nadervader22 Nadervader22

    Hi, have not got the key yet 🙁 any one have a extra or an invite? Nadervader22

  18. compmomnc compmomnc

    I know it might be a long shot, but if someone has a spare key that they will not be using, would you consider sharing it with me?

    My uplay id is: compmomnc


  19. drea_kre drea_kre

    I didn’t get an invite 🙁 does anyone still have a key?

  20. donkeyshot86 donkeyshot86

    i also would appreciate if some had a key left und could invite me. Username is donkeyshot86


  21. harry1987143 harry1987143

    Someone has a key left over? harry1987143 is my username

  22. Josua31 Josua31

    würde mich auch sehr über eine Einladung freuen. Name : Josua31

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  24. BlueBreath BlueBreath

    Ok guys 2 more invites left reply to this message with your true username if you want me to add you. I will do the adding. OK?

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  25. Taurus.90 Taurus.90

    Taurus.90 if anyone has a spare invite! TIA

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  26. BlueBreath BlueBreath

    I asked 3 people to be my friends @13:42 GMT, if they don’t answer in two hours, I will invite others from the comments. We are going to be friends just for this important occasion. If that is ok with BlueByte if not they should tell me quick by replying to this comment.

    I will send the friend requests, don’t send me yours please, I will just ignore them.

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  27. Barracuda1955 Barracuda1955

    Looks like am sitting on the sidelines again. No invite . 🙁

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  28. felipe.alberto felipe.alberto

    hope I can get one invite 😉

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  29. Tyriszero Tyriszero

    Am I to late to receive an invitation ? T_T

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  30. Visor1961 Visor1961

    Thank you for the invite 🙂 but there seems to be a ‘time problem’. On the world map picture in this post it says: LONDON 7AM GMT 31 January. In the email I got it says (copy/paste from the mail): You have been selected to test Anno 1800! You’ll be able to play the Closed Beta from January 31st (7PM GMT), until February 4th (6PM GMT). So, when does the Beta start? 7AM or 7PM?

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  31. BlueBreath BlueBreath

    For everybody who has gmail. Check your promotion tab.
    For me that’s where the invite arrived.
    If no success try the spam folder also.

  32. luckymichu luckymichu

    Thank you for the Beta key. I am waiting for 31.01 🙂

  33. Barracuda1955 Barracuda1955

    Nothing for me yet :(. Hope they are still sending.

  34. sahfaree sahfaree

    I own 4 games, 500 hours, technical tester and nothing. I’m angry.

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  35. Khrizto Khrizto

    Wil technical tester get an invite?

  36. FreeDerta FreeDerta

    I sent invitation to my friend. Where can he find it? On mail? Or somewhere in, or, or Too many sites

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  37. Katje-Katrien Katje-Katrien

    I am selected. Looking forward to start with testing. 😀
    Thank you very much. I am so happy.
    Best regards

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  38. pilek01 pilek01

    Thanks just got invited. And its amazing that i can invite 3 friends to participate in beta as well !! 🙂

  39. blastofficial blastofficial

    I’m so excited! I got in!

  40. thomas.william thomas.william

    Alle meine WG mitglieder sind schon dabei…ich hab noch keine Email bekommen. 🙁
    Eigentlich total ok, weil sie extra keys bekommen haben 😀 Aber ich bin trotzdem enttäuscht noch keine Email selbst erhalten zu haben! 😀 😀

  41. CLUB-RiotMode CLUB-RiotMode

    Ich hab das “Anfrage”-Formular schon lange an Euch geschickt, ich würde mich rießig freuen – bitte bitte bitte

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  42. Abdul-Atheem Abdul-Atheem

    When I click on the play button for the Youtube video a warning pops up that says “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.”

    I’m in the USA. Can you guys update that so we can see it?


  43. Zmarti Zmarti

    “…you can only reach the third residential tier in Endless Mode.”
    Oof, I was hoping for the commuting harbour to transfert workforces :/

  44. diddle783 diddle783

    gonna cross my fingers ;), the trailer looks awesome

  45. O_oKongo_O O_oKongo_O

    I already check mail and spam also. But can’t find the invite email. Can you guys check again w my account?

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  46. SKG-Stahlfaust SKG-Stahlfaust

    Danke für die Info=) ich gucke jeden Tag immer ganz gespannt auf diese Seite.

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