Ubisoft announced a new Anno-series game called Anno 1404. This game is being developed by Blue Byte and should be available for the PC in March 2009. Anno 1404 will feature a 3D engine and will be set in the Middle-East and Asia during the 15th century. Three screenshots can be found over here.
Discover a strange and wondrous land in the uttermost East: the Orient! This highly civilized land will provide you endless opportunities. With the help of your new allies the player’s occidental cities will prosper and become mighty metropolises!
Get to know the culture and technologies of the orient
Learn to interact diplomatically with the foreign culture, make agreements and raise your diplomatic status. Learn technologies to produce oriental goods like mosaic, coffee, carpets and many more.
Make the desert bloom
Bring home the Noria, a mighty water pump, to draw ground water. Master the climatic challenges of the desert islands and make your dry land fertile.
Meet the Sultan and earn his respect Erect impressive monuments in your metropolises to raise the attention of Sultans and Kings! The higher your reputation, the bigger your possibilities will be within the world of ANNO 1404™.
The contribution of the Oriental nation, dozens of embellishing objects, new customizable elements and bigger islands & worlds will give the player a lot of new room to express his vision and to shape the character of his cities. The player’s creativity and the brand new graphic engine will make all metropolises look truly unique!
Although offering a richness of features never seen before in the Anno series, the new ANNO 1404™ will remain a strategy game for beginners & pros! With a new and intuitive interface, a thrilling campaign and a motivating, fully modifiable sandbox mode players of any degree will be able to enjoy the unique experience of ANNO 1404™.
Special titles, medals, other rewards and innovative community features will bring ANNO’s 1404 long time motivation and replay-ability to a new unmatched level.
Here's the debut trailer which was presented at the Games Convention in Leipzig: