Anno 2070 demo sets sail on PC

After a whistlestop tour of the past, city-building strategy series Anno (aka Dawn of Discovery) is preparing to blast off into the future with Anno 2070. Ubisoft is giving a taste of that gleaming future today in a demo out now.

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After a whistlestop tour of the past, city-building strategy series Anno (aka Dawn of Discovery) is preparing to blast off into the future with Anno 2070. Publisher Ubisoft is giving a little taste of that gleaming tomorrow, today, with a 1GB demo you can download here at Shacknews.

Anno 2070 is set in a flooded future, where you'll still need to juggle resources, trade and diplomacy in setting up your trade routes and cities. However, this time around you'll get to play with robots and submarines rather than peasants and frigates, and even build underwater.

Here's what Ubisoft has to say about the demo:

The demo will allow players to experience the first two missions of the game, where you will work for a tycoon leader who is building a hydroelectric power plant. Players will be required to generate manpower to construct a turbine for Global Trust, the organization belonging to the tycoons. During the missions, the player is guided by quests through the core gameplay mechanics imbedded in the brand new setting, dealing with its challenges.

Anno 2070 is developed by series regular Related Designs, with help from Ubisoft's Blue Byte. It's due to launch in the UK on November 18, but Ubisoft's North American arm is dragging its heels on giving a release window more specific than "fall." Hopefully we won't see a repeat of the IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover situation, where the US release mysteriously took an extra four months to launch.

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    November 4, 2011 10:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Anno 2070 demo sets sail on PC.

    After a whistlestop tour of the past, city-building strategy series Anno (aka Dawn of Discovery) is preparing to blast off into the future with Anno 2070. Ubisoft is giving a taste of that gleaming future today in a demo out now.

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      November 4, 2011 10:17 AM

      Damn its starting to feel like freaking Christmas, nice, just wait till next week...

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      November 4, 2011 10:31 AM

      Is this set in a bright, happy future where everyone rallied against ubi's shitty drm and the publisher no longer exists, or a dark, bleak future where the buildings will self-destruct if they are disconnected from the ubi master control network for a fraction of a second?

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        November 4, 2011 10:33 AM

        I'm betting the polar ice caps melted in the game due to the emission of rage from PC gamers, so the former.

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          November 4, 2011 10:49 AM

          i'd play a waterworld rts

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            November 4, 2011 11:17 AM

            That's kinda sorta what this is. A little. Not really. A tiny bit similar

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        November 4, 2011 4:23 PM

        lol, there's no always on DRM, no worries

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      November 4, 2011 12:51 PM

      That could be pretty interesting, will see what people think of it or maybe get the demo soo.. wait published by Ubisoft, never mind.

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      November 6, 2011 12:58 PM

      Really excited for this one. Bought 1404 (dawn of discovery) on a whim during a sale... really pleasantly surprised by the game. I've gotten almost 100 hours of fun addictive gameplay out of it so far. I highly recommend the series. The demo is pretty short but does give you a small taste.