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Union Update: Live Streams and City Promotion Winner

We are currently testing the content of the new DLC “Sunken Treasures” with a selected group of players from the Anno Union and will provide the exciting details about the big update and the DLC in an upcoming DevBlog and AnnoCast livestream.


We have started to implement a few changes to the Anno Union page, which should it make easier for you to keep track of all our Anno 1800 updates (and soon upcoming content).

In the top menu, you will now find a new category called “Game Updates”. Hovering over the category will give you a drop-down including pages for all of our Game Update notes.


For our latest round of the Community Corner AMA stream, many of you followed the call once more and the result are two hours full of fun, gamedev insights and answers to your questions.

You can watch the recording of the AMA stream now here:
Community Corner AMA July

But behold: the next streams are on the horizon. This Friday, we bring back our Anno Afternoon stream with Ubi Guddy and Ubi John, this time with 100% more anarchy and backseat gaming.
Beside community streams, we will also return with our AnnoCast development show later in July.

Anno Afternoon – Right into Anarchy!
Friday 5th of July at 4pm CEST

Watch it live on: twitch.tv/ubisoftbluebyte


We were amazed by the amount of videos, the level of quality and crazy ideas behind some of your City Promotion Contest submissions. Dr. Hugo Mercier would be proud of you, or depending on your message, truly offended. Deciding for our favorite three entries was an incredibly tough choice.
We want to encourage everyone in the Union to check out all the entries of the contest and we will continue to put your contributions into the limelight of our social media channels.

Without further ado, let’s lift the curtain on the winners of our big City Promotion contest.

First Place – Radlerauge – Utopia



Combining a speech inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s best performance with powerful visuals of a sprawling 19th century metropolis and industry was a truly moving experience. Radlerauge created a strong message not only for fans of the Anno series, which relates to the world back then, of today and probably of tomorrow. The video has English subtitles available!

Second Place – Tutadventures – The Anarchist Competition Film



This one took us by surprise: a skillfuly executed blend of real life camera footage, 3D animation and game footage. Short, powerful and impressive, Tutadventures’ movie managed to become one of the team’s favorites.

Third Place – BixelBG – Island Propaganda Weekly News



A fittingly classy one-pager, hot off the press of Bixel Daily News, gave us ideas for future contests or even a whole section of community contributed Anno news articles. The best in the west, surely worth more than 2 cents.

We could only pick three winners but we won’t end the contest without one honorable mention, even though every single entry deserves attention. Our Honorable Mention goes to: Lord_Janok – Stadt Propaganda



Once again, Lord Janok died his best in displaying true passion for the series. A great speech combined with stunning city backdrops, well done Lord Janok!

We will soon get in contact with the winners of the contest to send them their Gaming Gear sponsored by our friends at Corsair.

And until we are back with another contest, what kind of competition would you love to see us doing here in the Anno Union?





  1. b banan1996.1996 July 10, 2019

    To all people complaining about the black screen:

    Verifying game files should fix the problem. Please always verify files before reporting any issues of that nature, files might not have downloaded properly.

  2. B BlueBreath July 10, 2019

    I guess the last update was broken off from the main update 4.
    Can we expect a blog today? 😛

  3. R Rzone2000 July 9, 2019

    in 1 word WTH. i update the game and poof your game is corrupted….. there is now also no verify files in the uplay game page since it happend… how do u fix this. i dont want to lose all my invested time just to de download and instal again… did this update not go to test fases….. sers

  4. w wisfull2013 July 9, 2019

    What has happened to the game. After the update all I get is a black screen. I can’t even play the game now. Paid good money to play the game and now it doesn’t work after the update. Fix it please.

    • o observador_666 July 10, 2019

      this is so sad man i have restarted my pc more than 20 times because of this game.,..

    • b banan1996.1996 July 10, 2019

      Did you verify files? It should solve the issue.

  5. D DeVeteran July 9, 2019

    I wasn’t able to tune in the LIVE english AMA, have watched it on twitch afterwards, but I didn’t saw Basti answering this one, so:

    WIth the new DLC you put some new challenges / achievements and 3 new rewards in the Uplay Club. Fair.

    What is NOT fair is that the rewards cost Uplay club points / units, in addition to you OWNING the DLC Anarchist, but more so, the cost is HIGHER than the points we get from the new challenges.

    Case in point: The new challenges give 5, 5, 5, 15 and 20 units. So that is 50. BUT, the 3 new rewards cost: 40 for the portrait, and 20 for each of the two new ornaments, iirc, so in total 80. There is a BIG difference there. Why?

    At least up the rewards of the challenges to 10, 10, 20, 20 and 20 units. Or decrease the cost of the Uplay rewards of the DLC / grant them free to those owning the DLC and reimburse the players.

    It is wrong to charge twice for something… owning the DLC and then also paying Uplay points. At least make it so you can buy it with points if you don’t own the DLC, but if you have it, they are free.

    So my question is this: Will something about this be done? About the rewards costing more than what the challenges give us? Or you are saying that we shouldn’t be able to unlock everything for this game?

    • R Rzone2000 July 9, 2019

      i think that all stuf thats locked behind rewards is stupid. u pay for a full game yet have to do so many hours or quests to get all in a building game it just limits the exp

  6. S Sting_McRay July 9, 2019

    Dear Readers,

    As in the Update text is mentioned that you changed the window name to Anno 1800, i can tell you that that is failed :

    I still hope that it will changed *Anno 7* is an odd name 🙂

  7. h hjunggeburt July 8, 2019

    After installing the latest update, starting the game wil result in a black screen. Great update!!!!!

    • w wisfull2013 July 9, 2019

      I got the same thing after the update. Can’t play the game with a black screen. Thanks. Paid good money to play the game and now it won’t work. Hope you fix the problem.

    • b banan1996.1996 July 10, 2019

      Please verify files, it should solve the issue.

  8. S SirWolle1605 July 8, 2019

    Tolles Update

    Das Spiel startet nur noch mit einem schwarzen Bildschirm !

    super Leistung

  9. m mspraener July 8, 2019

    Today i install the latest update.After he finished the download i try to play Anno 1800.It´s impossible.I hope that you can help to clear this problem as soon as possible.
    Best regards
    Martin Spräner

  10. m mistik191 July 8, 2019

    You made it! You fix gamebreaking bug in my campaign. It took only 2.5 month to do. Great job. But at least now I can finally play.

  11. J Jolleknolle July 8, 2019

    hello anno developer,

    you did a great game so far but you still missing the good old coop mode.
    is there any chance to get this mode this year?
    me and my friend bought the game and stoped after playing 20 hours and we want to start it again when coop comes so keep us updated please.

    •   Bastian Thun July 8, 2019

      While we haven’t announced the date for the COOP mode yet, rest assured that it is planned for 2019 and that we will share details after Game Update 4 Sunken Treasures.

  12. B BixelBG July 8, 2019

    ideas for competitions:
    best screenshots
    best idea for new item in game
    best concept for a new cosmetic
    best concept for an AI character (simpler and bold characteristics should be prefered)

    Something that will impact the game by players, or simple stuff like news articles for boosts or random ships/island names.

    •   Bastian Thun July 8, 2019

      While we loved the island or ship design competitions, we have so much player feedback to work with right now that it would be hard to commit to a contest where we then have to implement something additional to the content plan. The game updates, including the Sunken Treasure DLC, was already heavily influenced by previous feedback from all of you.
      Never say never, I can totally see a player design contest to return but right now, we thing it’s better to focus on the content pipeline.

  13. B BeetrootPancake July 6, 2019

    about Anno Afternoons
    BlueByte do you really think – they are good???
    Can two persons, who are forced to play game, they don’t like, don’t know anything about it, make other people engage with a game? I doubt…
    It’s hard to watch two bored and telling silly tales.
    C’mon BlueByte, I can’t believe – you made game nobody in your team enjoy it.
    That’s major fail

    •   Bastian Thun July 8, 2019

      So first things first, interesting that you are decide that Guddy and John don’t like to play and stream the game. The AnnoAfternoon live-streams are a show organized and driven by our community team in Newcastle. Bottom line is, the show would simply not exist if both wouldn’t want to stream the game.

      If their kind of entertainment and engagement with the community is not your “cup of tea”, there is still the Community Corner where I provide a state of the game while answering questions as well as the AnnoCast development streams.

      And if that all is not for you, there is a ton of various Anno 1800 streamers out there, just follow the Anno 1800 category on Twitch to always know when something is going on.

      • B BeetrootPancake July 8, 2019

        Sorry I sounded a bit offensive. My english quite poor.
        What for these streams are? To make game interesting for players especially for newcomers. Yes or no?
        If I didn’t know and didn’t play previous annos, and stumbled by these streams, I would never buy your game, sorry. In my opinion – you just waisting your time.
        It is not correct of me, for my love of anno games I should mention Civilization dev streams – they made me buy their game I never played before. Completely opposite.

        • b banan1996.1996 July 10, 2019

          First, these streams are announced in places like Anno Union and Anno twitter so most people who would stumble upon one of these streams would already know Anno series. It is definitely not meant to be a way of promoting the game or anything like that.

          Second, it was on Friday evening. I assume Guddy and John were just tired after the whole week, that’s why it might seem that they didn’t enjoy playing.

          I personally always enjoyed Anno Afternoons, these ‘silly tales’ and their lack of game knowledge sometimes is what makes it somewhat funny to me. Not everyone might like such streams and that’s obviously a matter of taste. These streams aren’t to show the game, Guddy and John are there to chill and talk with the community.


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