Next Anno Installment Goes Green, Futuristic

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Popular in Europe but still more of a niche franchise stateside, Ubisoft’s Anno civilization building strategy/simulation series is expanding once more this winter, this time as Anno 2070 for PC. Mike and I both very much enjoyed the previous installment, Dawn of Discovery, so we’ll definitely be watching out for this one — and hoping Ubisoft decides to crank out Wii and DS (or maybe even 3DS!) versions once again.

Anno 2070, developed by series creators Related Designs and Ubisoft’s Blue Byte team (most known for The Settlers series), is bringing the franchise into a near-future environment inspired by the ecological challenges our world faces today. Large chunks of land have become uninhabitable due to climate change and rising sea levels, and as civilization’s new leader it will be your job to develop new technologies and build an empire capable of facing these threats.

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Key game features include:

– A new era: while adhering to the fundamentals that made the Anno franchise a success, the near-future setting will bring numerous new gameplay mechanics, architectural breakthroughs, and all new challenges. Additionally, players will be able to build massive cities, the scope of which has never been seen in prior Anno games.

– A dynamic world: the world of Anno 2070 will evolve differently depending on each player’s playing style and choices. Players’ decisions will have an impact on the environment, the architectural look of their world, and the needs of their populations, leading them to refine and better understand the impact of their personal approaches to managing the world’s resources.

– Factions: players will be able to select between two factions when building their empires. Players can choose between an industrial and efficient course by joining the Tycoons or a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly direction by siding with the Ecos.

– Single player campaign: a story-driven single player mode with a deep variety of challenges.

– Single player “continuous mode”: the renowned endless game mode where the objective is to build the biggest civilization possible without time constraints.

– Multiplayer and Online features: Anno 2070 will include innovative online modes offering players brand new possibilities to get in touch with gamers all around the world.

– Outstanding graphics: A new version of the game engine, developed specifically by Related Designs for Anno 2070, allows the game to deliver a breathtaking visual experience never before seen in the Anno franchise.

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