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Union-Update – New Forums, Skyscrapers & Community Spotlight

Hey Anno Community,

Today we would like to give you more information about the new Anno forums, what to do in case you experience performance issues while playing in 1440p resolutions and have a first look at the skyscrapers from “The High Life” for you  – stay tuned!

The new forums are live

Today is the day we finally change to Ubisoft’s brand-new forum page. The new forums offer a variety of features, including the all-time favorite option to switch to Dark Mode! Moreover, it offers the function of a private live chat between players. Lastly, you will welcome a faster and improved performance and a revamped mobile experience!

In case you prefer increased visibility of new posts, simply change to list view by clicking on the three horizontal dots in the upper right corner and change to “List View” in the viewing options menu. Simply click here to start posting with others who are as passionate about the Anno franchise as you are! In case you want to voice your feedback and opinion about the new forums, there is a specific thread for that, simply follow this link

These features will not only offer all players and fans an improved experience overall, but offer a safe space to share thoughts, opinions, feedback, fanart, lists of tips and tricks as well as answers to any kind of questions either from the Ubisoft team directly, or together with the community. Of course, previously written posts can still be accessed in the old forums, which have been turned into a read-only mode.

Improving resolution and performance

Over the past weeks, Customer Support as well as our Quality Assurance Team have received several reports regarding performance issues and determined that in many cases those are caused by playing in a higher resolution (1440p) than would be recommended going by the hardware used. If you are playing with 1440p resolutions, that means your hardware has to deal with roughly 80% more pixels compared to the standard 1080p resolutions, which can impact the performance quite heavily.

You can either try lowering your resolution or using the AMD FSR solution in order to improve your performance.

At the same time, we are of course also monitoring Anno 1800’s performance to add optimizations where possible.

DevBlog about our QA teams

Just in case you missed it, this week we published a DevBlog talking about the role of Quality Assurance, their daily tasks, areas of work, and responsibility, and how they interact with other teams within Ubisoft. 

The Blog goes in-depth about what they do exactly, why they are important, and gives you an insight into how the team works on Anno specifically and what tools they use. If you are interested, click here.

The High Life

Before we’re fully switching onto the road to release, we would like to share with you that the Technical Test for “The High Life” has now ended, and our teams are working hard on improving the last little bits and pieces in order to present to you the best possible result.


We received lots of amazing feedback that will help our process along, and we would like to thank all the amazing participants who took the time to play “The High Life” and give their thoughts and opinions of the last DLC of the third Season Pass, and – of course – meticulously report any bug they could find. Well done and thank you!


And now – have a first look at one of the new phenomenal Skyscraper! More to come over the next weeks 😉

Would you want to move in? – Write it below in the comments!

Community Spotlight

This time, we not only have an exquisite selection of screenshots for you, but we also want to feature a lovely fan creation that the team simply fell in love with!

Have a look at Captain Flameheart’s awesome Lego statue! This user combines creativity with practical skill, and we absolutely dig it. Check out the Annoverse Discord Server for more Fan Creations – and to share your own!

Designated-Survivor shares once again a remarkable level of patience and planning with this extraordinary screenshot!


loubrownx posted two beautiful screenshots of their first World Fair. Notice the aesthetically fitting waterfalls on the left, rounding this screenshot perfectly off, especially in combination with the park close by.

SJ_06 shares some pictures of their flourishing city. Whoever spotted the Iron Tower at first glance – congratulations, you have good eyes!




  1. H Humility925 August 7, 2021

    “More to come over the next weeks”
    It’s more than weeks now. What is more news for The High Life?

  2. K KingxOfxVoids July 31, 2021

    Will the bugged quests from hugo mercer be fixed not getting quest reward items from the quests?

    •   Ubi-Thorlof August 3, 2021

      Hey, this issue should get fixed with Game Update 12, yes.

  3. S SSAlex40 July 31, 2021

    any chance we can get DLSS for performance issues? would help a lot and this would be a good test thing for it in the first strategy game to have it?

    •   Ubi-Thorlof August 4, 2021

      Hey Alex, right now we have no plans to add DLSS to Anno 1800. But should that change, we will of course let you know.

  4. C Capt_Flameheart July 30, 2021

    Thanks for including my Lego statue! It means a lot 🙂 and there’s more builds coming in the future 😉

    Concerning the 1440p gaming performance… I’m playing the game on 3440×1440 with rtx 3080super and in general the performance is stable. It only dips down in fps when you lower the viewing angle so there’s more ‘action’ on the screen. The only graphical (bugs??) I have is that sometimes the whole screen turns black, and there is constant flickering in the game menu when I hover over icons with my mouse. This is also ingame when I’m in the production/items window. Sometimes when I close that window it also makes the world turn black (full black screen). I just alt+tab out the game and when I go back in the game it is back to normal. In general these things happen more often when I’m playing longer that 4/5hours.

    Anyways, I am really looking forward to the high life update! And if you read this I thank you for your time and wish you a nice day 🙂

  5. E Epstein_2092 July 30, 2021

    WOW! The new skycraper looks so New york

  6. d dutchman251 July 29, 2021

    I hope there will also be some extra high church spires in the new building skins to rival these skyscrapers. I always like to have a good old city with a skyline dominated by church towers!

    •   Ubi-Thorlof August 4, 2021

      With “The High Life” being focused on late game and the last (two) population tiers, you shouldn’t expect anything involving churches, which are only relevant for the first population tiers.
      Engineers and Investors don’t have a need for churches in Anno 1800, but they fit very well into Worker and Artisan districts.

  7. M Mday_ July 29, 2021

    While I applaud the optimisations, even with my 3080 on 1440p, I have some slowdowns the more I build. I ask a lot from the graphics, granted, but I expect it to cope better than it is right now; the 3080 should easily handle 4k, and I’m not playing on that resolution.
    Tip: The most important upgrade I made to allow for smooth(er) framerates is RAM. in a 5- session game, the difference between 16GB and 32GB is actually very noticable.
    While FSR is a great idea, I am not getting great performance / graphics ratio out if it. I was therefore wondering if you guys plan on implementing DLSS. I have incredible results with RDR2, and I truly believe Anno 1800 would be perfectly suited for this as well.

    Looking forward to High Life! Thanks for the update again, I love reading these blogs.

    •   Ubi-Thorlof August 4, 2021

      You’re correct, Anno profits far more from more and faster RAM as well as a modern CPU, than a brand new GPU. So depending on your setup, these other components might very well be the ones limiting performance.
      Right now we have no plans to add DLSS to Anno 1800. But should that change, we will of course let you know.

  8. T TNightLT July 29, 2021

    Though they would not be so dense :/ I hope these giants wont be eye sores in metropolis skyline.

  9. M MyCeiphey2012 July 28, 2021

    Well! Truly phenomenal skyscrapers! I was expecting less than that! Eager to get the High Live DLC downloaded!


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