With the Anno History Collection, Blue Byte publishes an attractive game collection at the end of the month: The collection contains new editions of the classics Anno 1602, Anno 1701, Anno 1503 and Anno 1404. The developers go into one after specific details on Anno 1602 and Anno 1701 current blog entry on the new features for Anno 1503. This new edition is also optimized for modern PC systems. In addition to support for 64-bit systems, the Anno 1503 History Edition also offers support for 4K resolutions. You can also adjust the interface size using the options slider in the menu.
The special feature: The Anno 1503 gets a multiplayer mode – 18 years after the release of the original. The multiplayer mode was then announced by Max Design and Sunflowers. However, with the release, players then found that the multiplayer option in the game's menu was grayed out. At that time, the developers had promised to update the multiplayer part later. However, the developers had to struggle with performance problems and the amount of data to be sent between the other players. A year and a half after the release, the work was finally stopped. "Despite the hard work of the developers and even a beta test, it was not possible to achieve the quality and stability standards required for an official release; instead, the previously greyed out button was removed nonchalantly from the main menu," writes Blue Byte in a recent report Article on the Anno website.
Multiplayer mode after 18 years
Using mods and other tools, the community managed to get a multiplayer mode on Anno 1503 up and running. "But the blue eye that Anno got back then with the promised, postponed and ultimately canceled multiplayer mode has remained to this day," added the developers. With the Anno 1503 History Collection, the classic should finally get a multiplayer mode. The developers checked the old source code to see if everything was still available to work with.
Blue Byte continues: "When we got him up and running, we knew that we could offer long-standing Anno fans a special surprise." As with the other Anno new editions, the multiplayer mode from 1503 uses the online service UPlay from Ubisoft. According to Blue Byte, the Anno 1503 History Collection contains the functionality envisaged by the developer at the time, as well as a quick match mode and desync recovery. There are also three new multiplayer scenarios to expand the selection of the two original scenarios.
Technology upgrades and convenience functions for Anno 1503
In addition to the multiplayer mode, the Anno 1503 History Collection offers further technical improvements. There are three new optional mouse pointers – in addition to the original look. A frameless window mode is also included in addition to full screen and window mode. A multi-placement of residential buildings comes into play as a convenience function. With this you build the residential areas much faster than in the original. Anno 1800 players already know the function. There is also an optional mouse scrolling. Blue Byte has also fixed a graphic error when displaying coastlines for the new edition. You set the options in the game menu.
"Last but not least, we have an old problem that fixed a fixed limit for the number of possible units in the game (the so-called" FIG value "), so that there should no longer be a crash," they share Developer with. You can also transfer your old saves to the new version of Anno 1503. This is also possible in the other games in the Anno History Collection. The Addon Treasures, Monsters and Pirates is also in the History Edition.
Editor is missing
The developers from the Anno 1503, meanwhile, cannot ship with the History Collection. Problems with the source code prevent developers from being able to localize the editor – the tool was previously only available in German. Scenarios that were created with the old editor can, however, be transferred to the History Edition. The History Edition also lacks three old pieces from the soundtrack due to licensing problems. The collection will be released on June 25 for 39.99 euros. The new editions included can also be purchased individually. Anno 1503 should cost 9.99 euros.
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