Anno 1800 DLC Released; Free Week Starts Tomorrow

The Passage is a new DLC pack that's now available on the Epic Games Store for Anno 1800, the latest installment in Ubisoft's historical strategy series. This is included in the game's season pass for those who own that. Word is: "Take to the skies with your airships and use new production chains and goods to create an arctic outpost that will withstand the cold of the Passage." They also announce a free trial week for the game will begin tomorrow, and the client for this can be pre-downloaded through this page. Here's a trailer for the new DLC and here are all the details:
Today, Ubisoft announced that Anno 1800™, the latest installment in the successful city-building and strategic franchise, is releasing its third DLC, The Passage, included in the season pass, on Windows PC. Inviting players to the frozen north, The Passage is the largest content release for Anno 1800. In addition to The Passage, players can also experience the new co-op mode and in-depth statistics system as accompanying free updates. Finally, new players will be able to discover and play Anno 1800 for free on Uplay and the Epic Games Store for a week, from December 11–18.

The Passage brings an all-new dimension to the world of Anno 1800, inviting players to conquer the Arctic. Harsh weather conditions bring an entirely new element to the gameplay, alongside the new heating mechanic that will encourage players to rethink their approach to creating layouts, as they will have to now keep their residents warm and healthy. For the first time, players will be able to construct a fleet of airships that will speed up trade across their entire empire. The new region is an exciting adventure for everyone, but a true challenge for achievers who want to conquer the wasteland in order to reap significant rewards. The Passage brings new gameplay mechanics, such as conquering the sky with airships, two new citizen tiers, seven new production chains, 32 new buildings, 60 new quests, 80 new items and much more.

Beginning tomorrow, December 11, until December 18,* players will be able to discover Anno 1800 (including Tier 1 to Tier 3) for free on Uplay and the Epic Games Store. Players can also experience the base game along with two new features releasing today as free updates for all Anno 1800 players:

  • The co-op mode will allow players to share the responsibilities of raising and managing an industrial empire. Up to four factions will be able to compete in the same match with up to 16 players.
  • An in-depth statistics system shows players detailed stats on production and consumption of all their goods across all islands.

With the holiday season approaching, Anno 1800 is bringing some cheerful spirit with the all-new Holiday Pack, which allows players to decorate their cities in a festive style. This DLC pack includes a wide range of cosmetics with 23 new items. Between the festive carousels, Christmas trees, snowmen, lanterns and more, players can transform all industrial cities into a holiday wonderland.

Developed by Ubisoft Mainz, Anno 1800 provides players with countless opportunities to prove their skills as a ruler. Players can create huge metropolises, plan efficient logistics networks, settle an exotic new continent, send out global expeditions and dominate their opponents by diplomacy, trade or warfare. The Anno 1800 post-launch plan offers new adventures, challenges and tools to the players. The season pass includes three DLCs: Sunken Treasures, Botanica and The Passage. In addition, regular updates are bringing new free content available for all players.

While the release of The Passage completes the season pass content, the Anno 1800 development team remains dedicated to supporting the game post-launch. The team is working on new content and features to expand the world of the industrial revolution for next year and will have more information to share at a later date.

*This software is a free demo of Anno 1800, playable from December 11, 2019, 2 pm CET to December 18, 2019, 6 pm CET. This demo is provided as is, may not contain the same content as the full/final game, may not function as expected and may crash. Please note that maintenance may also occur at any time during this period, rendering you unable to access parts or all of the demo. Ubisoft does not commit to providing customer support for the demo.