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Anno Online Closed Beta

Ubisoft announces the launch of closed beta testing for Anno Online, the upcoming persistent-world installment in the Anno strategy series. Here's word on how this kicks off, which outlines plans to add guild features next month:

SAN FRANCISCO – April 23, 2013 – Ubisoft® has launched the Closed Beta phase of Anno Online, the latest installment in the award-winning PC strategy game series, for players in North America and all English speaking countries. Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte, Anno Online is a free-to-play, browser-based world-building strategy game that challenges players to build and manage a medieval kingdom and trading empire. The Closed Beta is now available via the game’s official web site www.anno-online.com.

Based on the critically acclaimed Anno 1404®, Anno Online delivers the franchise’s proven and popular strategy-simulation gameplay along with the series’ highly-detailed animation and graphics, for the first time in a browser-based title. Players will build and develop great medieval cities using the detailed economic system enjoyed for years by Anno fans. As they satisfy the population’s needs, they will unlock new buildings and face more demanding inhabitants, eventually needing to discover and claim additional islands and connect them with trading routes.

In Anno Online, players will start on a deserted island with only two buildings (a harbour and a warehouse) and will have to make the best of their resources to build, manage and expand their territory in order to develop a commercial empire. Trade by ships remains an essential component of the game, and will offer multiplayer possibilities that will further enhance the deep economic system of Anno Online.

GUILD SYSTEM COMING MID-MAY
Anno Online will introduce new persistent online gameplay possibilities and offer players the opportunity to cooperate with friends thanks to the Guild System, set to release in mid-May. This Guild System will allow players to create their own Guilds, choose a name and tag, and invite up to 25 members to join. The guild can then establish a larger strategy thanks to the guild chat channel. Guilds will have access to a new building, the Guild Hall building, which will allow members to gather together.

Players interested in joining the Closed Beta for Anno Online should visit the game’s official website at www.anno-online.com.

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6. Re: Anno Online Closed Beta Apr 24, 2013, 11:09 Optional nickname
 
I would hope that online / cloud games for major dev studios, can be what a desktop game is, only vastly better. If it's in anyway shape or form inferior to desktop environment, then yes, this old model needs to die fast.

My inside sources however, claim, that UBI has recently invested GOBS of CASH money bags to build new servers to power such online games, I've seen thousands of SSD drives being sold to UBI recently (from inside sales reps I know in the field)
 
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5. Re: Anno Online Closed Beta Apr 24, 2013, 08:59 Slashman
 
I'm going to pick up 2070 next time its on sale for cheap on Steam.

Browser based games can go die in a dark corner.
 
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4. Re: Anno Online Closed Beta Apr 24, 2013, 06:10 Ozmodan
 
This game will bleed you for cash to play. What is with all these browser titles? This game is just a piece of crap!  
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3. Re: Anno Online Closed Beta Apr 24, 2013, 04:35 Jerykk
 
F2P doesn't have to have inherently exploitative monetization schemes. DOTA2, for example, only charges you for cosmetic items that have no impact on gameplay. There are no XP Boosters because there's no grinding and nothing to unlock. There's also no bullshit currency system that forces you to spend more than you need to.  
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2. Re: Anno Online Closed Beta Apr 23, 2013, 21:57 Cutter
 
This business model needs to die. What are your options either grind an insane amount to do anything worthwhile or get nickel and dimed to death for it and pay 1000 times what you would have for a normal game. And then they wonder why these things are failing left, right, and center.
 
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1. Re: Anno Online Closed Beta Apr 23, 2013, 20:44 RaZ0r!
 
TAGES Online!  
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