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citizensfor
10-21-2017, 09:12 PM
So, since the first Steamboat was in 1807 - Seven years after the namesake of this game, does this mean we are dealing with the entire decade of the 1800s?

In 1800, there weren't any commercial steamships, yet, we are shown some in the concept art.

To me, this indicates we are dealing with the entire decade of the 1800s, unless there is an anachronism going on. as Steamships with paddles on the sides, which we see in the concept art didn't become popular until at least 1820.

AgmasGold
10-21-2017, 09:33 PM
As there were so many technological changes during the 19th century, I think they might be planning to span several decades. You should probably ask this in the Questions thread :).

Ubi-O5
10-22-2017, 12:00 PM
We don't consider historical accuracy the most important factor in Anno. Matt, one of our writers, has said a few things about that a few weeks ago (https://www.anno-union.com/en/devblog-truth-or-fiction/).

citizensfor
11-04-2017, 08:08 PM
We don't consider historical accuracy the most important factor in Anno. Matt, one of our writers, has said a few things about that a few weeks ago (https://www.anno-union.com/en/devblog-truth-or-fiction/).

Ok, thanks for the response.

I think it's great that the entire decade will be featured. It's a great decade where things changed from old to new, and bustling shipping was happening (hopefully passenger ships will be incorporated into the game)..

Toward the end of the 19th Century some of the first "skyscrapers" were popping up as well... ;)

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/Detroit_Photographic_Company_%280645%29.jpg
Flatiron building 1903

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Home_Insurance_Building.JPG
Home Insurance Building 1884
(First "skyscraper" using metal frame)


So, I hope the "later game" and more developed cities will have a few of these new skycrapers as a reward..

citizensfor
11-04-2017, 08:14 PM
Also, another question:

Will the player be able to upload custom buildings into the game, kind of like in Sim City 4? It would be great if the game was easily moddable, so players could make the cities look a little newer, add variety etc.

I feel like Ubisoft could draw in a big chunk of the city-building crowd who hasn't played Anno with just a bit more flexibility in city layout (45 degree or 30 degree angles when building streets and rail would be nice), a large variety of buildings and building heights etc. Heck.. why not just have infinite angles and use a vector based street drawing system?

The main thing is just that the player is able to upload custom games, and that new buildings could somehow be easily added to the game with minimal pain-in-the..

AgmasGold
11-05-2017, 04:51 PM
This probably isn't the correct thread to ask this question in @citizensfor, as this thread is about steam ships and technology relevant to the 19th century, not about mods/customisation of the game.

Ubisoft + Mods not a common thing unfortunately. Anno is moddable in a hackable way (there are mods for 1404, 2070 at least), but official support is not something seen with Ubisoft (probably for security reasons).

Also even if it wasn't Ubisoft Policy, adding in official mod support, especially in a game like Anno with a lot of optimisations, as well as having a very old base to the engine (sure its been ugraded, but old/legacy stuff probably still remains as is the case with a lot of big code-bases), is a lot of work. Remember that Skylines has a recent engine built from the ground up to include this extra functionality.

ruuti0
01-01-2018, 09:01 PM
We don't consider historical accuracy the most important factor in Anno. Matt, one of our writers, has said a few things about that a few weeks ago (https://www.anno-union.com/en/devblog-truth-or-fiction/).

Very good idea. Like I have always said best games are mix of reality and fiction, same goes for Anno and that is reason why Anno game series has been so good!

stylisticsagi
01-02-2018, 07:25 AM
https://www.anno-union.com/en/deblog-the-art-of-war-ii/
steam ships are confirmed