Anno 1800 Celebrates 1 Million Player Milestone With Free Weekend

A big thanks.
A big thanks. Blue Byte

Anno 1800 announced that the game has reached at least 1 million players. While that may not be a high number for some games, you must consider that Anno 1800 only had its Closed Beta in January of last year and the official launch was in April 2019. This makes it the fastest selling game in the Anno franchise.

For those new to the game, Anno 1800 is the seventh game in the series that started with Anno 1602: Creation of a New World in 1998. Basically, the series consists of RTS games that let players build cities by starting on small islands. In Anno 1602, the game focuses on the Renaissance era. There are even games set in the future like Anno 2070 and Anno 2205. Anno 1800 brings the franchise back to a historical setting, particularly with the Industrial Revolution.

Anno 1800 offers a story campaign along with a multiplayer mode and sandbox option. Its multisession gameplay is similar to Anno 2205, but its combat and city-building sessions are not separated.

However it isn’t just as simple as having more than 1 million players. These are all the things that have happened since the launch of Anno 1800:

  • Settled more than 22 million islands
    • 44 billion residents
  • Top 3 Most constructed building (aside from farmer residences)
    • Warehouse
    • Sheep Farm
    • Fire Station
  • Top 3 most built ships
    • Ship-of-the-line
    • Frigate
    • Schooner
  • More than 200,000 finished world fair buildings
  • Some players have played for more than 1,000 hours
  • Published more than 200 blogs on Anno Union
    • Players posted more than 18,000 comments

In celebration of this milestone, Anno 1800 is inviting those who haven’t yet tried the game to a free play session from March 12 to March 15. The Free Weekend lets players access the first three tiers of the game’s Sandbox Mode without having to make any purchases. Multiplayer and co-op modes are available as well. Pre-load for the free demo is available through both Epic Games Store and Uplay. The Anno 1800 team reminded everyone that the game is going to be provided as-is, meaning there may be times that it won’t function as expected or could even crash.

Since launch, the game has received generally positive reviews.

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