Posts Tagged ‘Blue Byte’

Anno Online Sets Sail For New F2P World

Remember, if you don't think you can split your attention between God and Mammon, on this island Mammon is our bro.

Two things immediately jumped up and waved pointedly when I heard about Anno Online. First, ‘Online’ isn’t a year – that name is Silly. Second, doesn’t Ubisoft/Blue Byte already have a historical, economics focused city-builder game called The Settlers Online? For the first, the answer was ‘Nobody likes a padent’. As for the second, yes, there are definite similarities, but Anno Online takes a rather different approach to creating the perfect society…

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That Sinking Feeling: At Sea With Silent Hunter Online

I saw three ships come sailing by, come sailing by in the morning. So I sank the bastards. Mwah-ha-ha!

There’s no such thing as playing fair when you’re the captain of a submarine. It’s your job to hide, literally, under the radar; to hit your enemy when they’re least expecting it and be away before swift retaliation arrives to send you drowning to Davy Jones’ endless locker. Silent Hunter Online is a cut-down version of the experience, but looks to make up for it by letting you bring friends, and taking the F2P route to putting the You Bastard into U-Boat.

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Might And Magic Heroes Online Begins Quest For F2P

Um. Lady on the left? You're not fooling anyone with that chinny-thinky stuff.

Might and Magic Heroes Online (not to be confused with the recently closed Heroes Of Might And Magic Online) looks a hell of a lot like regular Might and Magic Heroes. That’s a good thing. It’s got microtransactions and maps where you’ll see other players running around, but when battle starts, it’s to that familiar zoomed-in view you’ll be taken, and the same strategy that awaits. There’s simply more to conquer. Potentially much, much more.

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Death From Below: Silent Hunter Online

Let's hope it's not sub standard, eh?

It’s only a matter of time before every game is released for free and not long after that, people will realise that in many cases that ‘free to play’ aspect is a little like a shop not charging admittance. There may still be a bouncer on the door, his fists like cans of spam, checking that you have a stable internet connection before he lets you inside. Silent Hunter Online is free to play and the title suggests it has a preference for the connected consumer. Despite that, I’m intrigued because I’ve spent some of the most deliciously tense hours of my gaming life pretending to be the Atlantean captain of a submersible murder machine. Radar detects an irrelevant cinematic and more details in the depths below.

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Watered Down: Anno 2070 Gets A Demo

Something's up with that dam...
Hot on the heels of my Anno 2070 ramblings from last night comes a demo for the game, so you can produce ramblings of your own! You can get it in various languages here. It apparently contains the first two missions of the campaign, which should at least show you how it plays to some extent. Go take a look…

Eco Worrier: Hands On With Anno 2070

The fiction works! The world is all sea.
Blue Byte’s futuristic take on their competitive trading and town-building series, Anno 2070, is just a couple of weeks away, and I’ve had a chance to play with some of the sandbox elements of the game to get a taste of it. Head below for some thoughts on this near-future near-strategy! Or don’t. YOU DECIDE.
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Anno 2070 Trailers Unearths Online Options

London, yesterday.
Eight player competitive/co-operative multiplayer sounds pretty good to me. Hell, it looks pretty good, judging by the options laid out below. Extensive statistics! But yes, I am all over this. Ubi reckon we might be able to get some hands on time with the multiplayer before release, so I’ll try and let you know what it’s like.
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Annotated: Blue Byte Talk Anno 2070

Good morning, internet.
Blue Byte’s trading and building game Anno has leapt from the past into the future for its next instalment, Anno 2070, which is due to arrive on our shores on November 17th. We thought we’d have a chat with the game’s lead producer, Christopher Schmitz, to confirm a few details of what to expect from the sci-fi reworking on the classic strategy series.
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Future Wars: Anno 2070 Gets Militant

Under the sea, is where I'll be, no talkin' 'bout the rain no more
Anno 2070 is a vision of what cities will be like when I’m either dead or an incredibly doddery old chap with a cybernetic toupee, and I’ve been pleased by the promise of its glistening underwater cities. Despite the terrible lack of resources facing our fragile globe, I’d quite enjoy retiring to one of those sea-bubbles. But, of course, someone had to go and spoil my future by bringing war into it. This newest trailer for the city-builder sim shows the military of the future, all sleek submarines, whirligig rocket-crafts and submersible death-platforms.

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Prosperity & Cool Sci-Fi Tech: Anno 2070

Half of these building are used for storing DRM servers.
The surprise futuristic entry in the Anno citybuilding series – Anno 2070 – has got a new video, showing off 3 minutes of mostly game footage. I hope you don’t think I’m crazy when I say I’m picking up a vague (very vague) Alpha Centauri vibe from this trailer. Sure, there’s no mind worms or nerve-staples on display, but it’s still pushing some of the same buttons. Read the rest of this entry »