Ubisoft announced today that Anno Online’s English closed beta phase has started. Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte, Anno Online combines the popular gameplay elements of the Anno franchise with brand new features suited to a persistent, web-based game.
Anno Online draws its mechanism from Anno 1404, the main goal for players is to bring life to their islands, thanks to 1000 buildings and many decorative items helping players to create the nicest islands ever imagined in a browser game. All graphical elements stay true to the franchise quality. Trade by ships remains essential for the game, it will offer various multiplayer possibilities which are going to enhance the deep economic system of the Anno IP.
Starting on a deserted island with only two buildings (a harbour and a warehouse), players will have to make the best of their resources to build, manage and expand their territory in order to develop a real commercial empire. Ships can be rented or players can constitute their own flotilla, setting out to conquer new lands and connect their main island in order to establish their authority in the fantastic world of Anno.
In the game players will have the opportunity to cooperate with friends thanks to the guild system. This upcoming feature will allow them from mid-May onwards to create their own guild, choose a name and a guild tag, invite up to 25 members and establish a strategy thanks to the guild chat channel. This feature will also bring a brand new building, the guild hall, allowing users to gather and feel a unique guild belonging.
Enjoy the launch trailer for its Closed Beta Phase.
ANNO Online - Launch Trailer [EN]