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citizensfor
09-11-2017, 02:40 AM
https://www.archives.gov/files/research/american-cities/images/american-cities-047.jpg

iruet
09-11-2017, 12:22 PM
Looks nice :)

citizensfor
09-12-2017, 04:06 AM
Even with skyscrapers "not that tall" a lot would be added to this game-

Let's all admit it, Anno is at it's core a city management /city building/trading game. One of the most fun/fullfilling parts is watching your cities grow, and creating seaport areas that grow as things become more complex.

A New York type city would be a great thing to shoot for - with a "focused" Central Business District- which would of course be scaled to be smaller according to the map sizes, but still, a real "Downtown" focus around transportation hasn't been done correctly in any game recently and Ubisoft could score if they could incorporate "growing" buildings - that get taller and taller as your economy flourishes (or doesn't).

The seaports are fun, because the growth is visually manifested, and as your economy grows, so does your seaport. This is something that a lot of games such as Cities Skylines got wrong.

I think it would be so awesome if they would create skyscrapers that can grow to different heights - They did this in games such as A-Train, where different shaped buildings "stack" stories in chunks of 5 or 10 stories at a time to build taller skyscrapers.

If the Anno team could do this, it would break the "repetitive" look of some of the cities that develop.

Also, the 1800s was when skyscrapers were born, and a more prosperous city could have taller skyscrapers near the very active docks. It would be very, very cool.

Unfortunately, it looks like ever-taller growing skylines will not be a part of Anno 1800, but if they had incorporated something like that, I bet it would be more of a hit.

Anno 1800 could lure a lot of City Building fans if they implemented growing Central Business Districts, with that great 1800 building look.

citizensfor
09-12-2017, 04:30 AM
Boston, end of 19th Century (This could be some later-game stuff, where if your city is large enough, you start getting some skyscrapers, but only after your cities were "huge" already..

https://s14-eu5.ixquick.com/cgi-bin/serveimage?url=http:%2F%2Fmonovisions.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2017%2F04%2Fvintage-aerial-boston-1920s-03.jpg&sp=8a05f20ac75b6940ed289c67863e1189

Images like the one above really make me wish this game had at least 45 degree angles for streets.. oh well.. I would just be happy with buildings that slowly grew taller toward downtown, where they were focused. That would be great.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5290/5270274196_53db162591_b.jpg

Waldorf Astoria hotel - 1896 - Later occupied by Empire State Building.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ADnFdJGSD50/UCE1hhvYxRI/AAAAAAAAJFs/vsQxd1lfBV4/s1600/Looking+east+from+the+Singer+Tower%252C+New+York%2 52C+1900-1910.jpg

Late 1800s

As far as I know, Anno games usually choose 1 year and stick with it.. But 1800 almost feels like an entire Century.. It would be so cool to start with mostly early 1800s buildings, and as things grew and grew, get more buildings that looked later 1800s like early skyscraper buildings.

citizensfor
09-12-2017, 04:47 AM
I guess this kinds of depends on whether the game spans 1800 - 1899 - or is just going for architecture from the year 1800.

If past games are any indication it will be just one year, but past titles have used specific years within a Century, and 1800 breaks that rule.

I hope buildings start looking early 1800, and as you cities develop and become more advanced, you might see buildings that were appearing before the turn of the 19th century, such as early skyscrapers etc.

If not, I'm looking for Anno 1910 ;)

iruet
09-12-2017, 06:48 PM
If not, I'm looking for Anno 1910 ;)

That's something that aint gonne happen... all anno versions added all numbers of the time period, 9.

1+4+0+4=9
1+8+0+0=9

etc.

citizensfor
09-13-2017, 01:46 AM
Ah yes, I guess I remember that being a thing they did.

Seems like kind of a "funny" reason to not use a period of time which would really fit this type of game well..

They should break the mold a bit and make this one "Anno 1800s".. Where at the later-game you start seeing some of the first skyscrapers, rowhouses, brownstones etc.

guest-4ePjM34i
12-06-2018, 07:34 AM
that photograph is from about 1930, as the bank of manhatten building (completed 1930) is fairly prominent in the center of the cityscape

UbiCosmos
12-08-2018, 12:35 AM
That's a really cool photo, thanks for sharing! :o

Ali_Benhali
12-09-2018, 02:20 PM
I respectfully disagree. Skyscrapers would feel out of place here. Anno 1800 is clearly set in early 19th century Europe, and draws a lot of inspiration for its buildings from cities like Berlin, Paris, Vienna, etc. These places are not exactly known for their skylines. Introducing skyscrapers would totally break the immersion for me.