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Anno 1800 has a demo, but only for one week

Ubisoft have launched a week-long demo for Anno 1800, the latest in their city 'n' empire-building game. You've got until Monday to play a Victorian coloniser, wearing silly hats and ruthlessly exploiting resources and people for capital gain. And in the game. It is weird for a demo to be limited in both quantity and time, given how many week-long full-game trials we see these…

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Anno 1800’s Sunken Treasure DLC introduces a familiar fella, Old Nate

"Rumors spread among your crew about a hermit living on an isle of wonders, a shabby-looking scavenger and inventor who prefers the company of his own automatons," Ubisoft say to introduce the new Anno 1800 mini-expansion. "But don't let the cock-and-bull stories of your crew fool you; Old Nate may just be a genius— a genius who is willing to share his ground-breaking inventions with…

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Feature: Only the best for the captain's table

Anno 1800 review

After playing through Anno 1800’s early game a few times (I’m one of those ghastly bastards who tends to compulsively restart if things aren’t going exactly my way), I started writing a very different article to the one you are now reading. The issue was, I hadn’t realised I was playing the early game at all. I had the feeling I’d seen the lion’s share…

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Anno 1800 open beta weekend is live

Ahead of Monday's launch, Anno 1800 is now holding an open beta weekend inviting all and sundry to play the latest in the city-building strategy series. Can you run a profitable city/business empire/society without it being collapsed by the many pressures at the dawn of the 19th century? And more importantly, can you build a city which looks real cute and has a cracking zoo?…

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The eighth Settlers game is due out next autumn, but Ubisoft aren’t counting

I apologise for the Seinfeld moment, but what's with games dropping numbers from titles?  The Settlers series got up to its seventh (admittedly with a couple Name: Subtitles) before returning us to 'The Settlers'. Still, at least a new one is on the way, announced at Gamescom and due for release in autumn 2019. Also announced- presumably to cause further confusion - was The Settlers…

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Ubisoft delay pirate ’em up Skull & Bones

Ubisoft's salty multiplayer shipfighter Skull & Bones will not launch this autumn, as had been the plan, because Ubisoft have delayed it for a fair while. They want extra time to make sure it's proper good, yeah? Wouldn't want to launch a ship then have the front fall off or, like Sea Of Thieves, realise the front was never even there. Ubi now expect to…

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Blue Byte’s Champions Of Anteria Is Out, Has A Demo

Here's a little something you might want to try this weekend if you're looking to sink your time into a new game. Champions of Anteria [official site] launched this week, and it has a free two-hour demo so you can try it out before you buy. Champions of Anteria is what became of Ubisoft Blue Byte's The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria, reborn as an RTS-RPG…

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Not The Settlers Any More: Kingdoms Of Anteria Reborn

It's been two years since we last looked at The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria, and we'll never see it again. Developers Ubisoft Blue Byte announced yesterday that they have "made the decision to steer this project in a new direction, meaning The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria as you know it no longer exists." It's no longer a kingdom-building strategy game or a 'The Settlers' game…

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Hard Sci-Fi: Anno 2205 Patch Adds Veteran Difficulty

Back in my day, running a corporation spanning the Earth and Moon took real guts, real gumption, real sleeve garters. Nowadays they simply hand you the Moon on a stick, and a shiny gold star too. True story. If you've wished Anno 2205 [official site] presented more of a challenge, you might fancy another look after today's patch. Version 1.5 has added Veteran Mode, which...…

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Anno 2205 Shows Modular Buildings And Moon Colonies

I haven't played an Anno game since it was a series about building quaint trading colonies in the 18th century, and so I'm quietly impressed by these videos of Anno 2205 [official site]. Not because it's set in the future in which you build moon colonies and ferry goods with spaceships, but because its landscapes look so big and pretty. Step below and learn about…

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Never Pre-Order: Anno 2205 Pre-order Bonus Beta Canned

"Never pre-order" is something we say a lot around here, along with "Who am I?" and "How did I get here?" and "Are these your guts or mine?" But really, never pre-order. (Well, what I mean is "the risk of a game not living up to its marketing is rarely worth the trinkets and discounts offered as pre-order perks" but that's less catchy.) Even those…

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Feature: Quest Of The Avatar

The RPG Scrollbars: A Visit To Old Albion

Albion really should be better known. It's one of the more obscure beloved 90s RPGs, rarely brought up in conversation like the Ultimas or the Gold Box games or for the true aficionados, games like Darklands. Since release though it's had a decent nostalgic following, and its recent re-launch on GOG produced what can only be described as a small yet dignified whoop from many…

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Feature: Limits To Growth

Impressions: Anno 2205 Takes City-building To The Moon

"We choose to go to the Moon" says Dirk Riegert, the creative director of Ubisoft Blue Byte. Except he doesn't - he actually says something like "we will go to the Moon", which is nowhere near as good a quote, and the reason he'll probably never be elected as President of the United States. Fabricated quotes aside, I'm in a German town called Mainz -…

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Build And Battle: The Settlers – Kingdoms Of Anteria

The new Settlers game, Kingdoms of Anteria, is about 'persitent city building'. Hurrah! The news arrives in the form of a press release from Ubisoft, who will be presenting Kingdoms at Gamescom next week. There are other elements alongside that city building though. Players will work to build up, control and optimise their production chains and economy to unlock building upgrades and new sectors, resulting…

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Anteria Decorating: The Settlers – Kingdoms Of Anteria

And so it has come to pass. Revelation chapter thirteen tells of the beast that rose from the sea, "upon his heads the name of blasphemy", and old blaspheme-bonce is followed by other portents of the end-times. The final chapters of Revelation introduce yet more incredible signs of doom, so incredible in fact that they have long been considered apocryphal. Take this excerpt from chapter…

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Hexing: Panzer General Online Open Beta Deployed

In the vain hope of whipping Team RPS into a lean, mean, organised video game words-writing machine, I have instituted use of collaboration software. We have a nice big virtual pinboard covered in useful notes like "Panzer General Online enters open beta," under which we can write insightful comments such as "Is it any good? Does anyone care? I have no idea." But is it,…

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War Browser: Panzer General Online Trailer

Trailersoft, a division of Ubisoft that was funded when Yves Guillemot's cat stood on his keyboard and added an extra zero to the trailer team's budget, has been very busy lately. The pressure of releasing the hourly reminders that they have Splinter Cell and Assassin Creed games coming out has tired the poor folk out. They've gone a little bit avant garde with this trailer…

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Anno Online Is Even More Online: Open Beta

Hey, everyone! What's free and now available to everyone with an internet connection? Hang on, my phone's ringing... What? She's crying! You're right, I should stop and think before posting open-ended questions to a popular website. No, I guess I didn't think it through. Look, Dad, there's no smoke withou - okay! Jeez. Tell her I'm sorry. Hey, everyone! What game's now free and now…

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Deep Transmissions: Silent Hunter Online Dev Diaries

John was manning the RPS periscope when he spotted what appeared to be a Youtube video bobbing about in the ocean. Upon closer inspection, we discovered that the sodden flotsam was a development diary that explains fleet management in Silent Hunter Online. The specific submarines in a fleet can be chosen, repaired customised and crewed, which I kind of assumed would be the case but…

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Feature: Settle for less

Anno Online Sets Sail For New F2P World

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…

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