First performance impressions and 4K screenshots from the Closed Beta of Anno 1800

The Closed Beta phase for Anno 1800 has been launched and since there isn’t any NDA, you can find below some 4K screenshots from it. As always, we’ve included MSI Afterburner in order to give you an idea of the game’s performance on our test PC machine.

In order to capture these screenshots, we used an Intel i7 4930K (overclocked at 4.2Ghz) with 16GB of DDR3 RAM at 2133Mhz, NVIDIA’s RTX 2080Ti, Windows 10 64-bit and using the GeForce driver 417.71. We’ve also used the game’s Ultra settings, though we’ve reduced anti-aliasing to 2X (Anno 1800 uses 8X MSAA on Ultra settings and this was a bit unnecessary for when running the game in 4K).

Right now, in 4K and on Ultra settings we were GPU limited and our NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080Ti was unable to offer a smooth 60fps experience. Let me repeat that so we are crystal clear; we were not limited by our CPU or our RAM. Our GPU was used to its fullest and right now it cannot run this particular build in 4K on Ultra with 60fps (something you can clearly see when you open the screenshots in a new tab).

Earlier this month Ubisoft announced that Anno 1800 was delayed until April 16th. As such, and with some proper drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA, I believe that the final version will run better. I should also note that since this is slow-paced strategy game, even framerates below 60fps are acceptable (though I’d expect NVIDIA’s fastest gaming GPU to be able to run the game with 60fps in 4K).

Now the good news here is that Anno 1800 looked absolutely beautiful. The water effects are really cool in this strategy game, a lot of high-resolution textures have been used, the forests in the starting area look great (as well as the animals) and everything looks great. After what I’ve seen, I can definitely say that Anno 1800 will be the best looking strategy game to date.

Enjoy the following 4K screenshots and stay tuned for more!