This is a bizarre step for the franchise, but today Ubisoft announced Anno 2070, the latest iteration in the strategy franchise Anno, which has always focused on historical settings. Set for release on PC this winter, they released these screenshots:
The game is set to include:
A new era: while adhering to the fundamentals that made the Anno franchise a success, the near-future setting will bring numerous new gameplay mechanics, architectural breakthroughs, and all new challenges. Additionally, players will be able to build massive cities, the scope of which has never been seen in prior Anno games.
A dynamic world: the world of Anno 2070 will evolve differently depending on each player's playing style and choices. Players' decisions will have an impact on the environment, the architectural look of their world, and the needs of their populations, leading them to refine and better understand the impact of their personal approaches to managing the world's resources.
Factions: players will be able to select between two factions when building their empires. Players can choose between an industrial and efficient course by joining the Tycoons or a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly direction by siding with the Ecos.
Single player campaign: a story-driven single player mode with a deep variety of challenges.
Single player "continuous mode": the renowned endless game mode where the objective is to build the biggest civilization possible without time constraints.
Multiplayer and Online features: Anno 2070 will include innovative online modes offering players brand new possibilities to get in touch with gamers all around the world.
Outstanding graphics: A new version of the game engine, developed specifically by Related Designs for Anno 2070, allows the game to deliver a breathtaking visual experience never before seen in the Anno franchise
Anyone have any thoughts on this? I only briefly played Anno 1404, but I enjoyed what I played of it. The city building aspects in particular seemed cool. It was kinda reminiscent of the Sierra city building games of the late 90's/early 00's like Caesar 3. I meant to play it more, but never got around to it. And while taking that into a futuristic setting is a is definitely unexpected, it seems cool to me. But maybe fans of the series would think differently. Bold new directions have definitely upset fans of other franchises, I wouldn't be surprised to see people outraged at this.