Dawn of Discovery heads for the future in Anno 2070

Anno2070 - playwisegaming.comKiss the kings and colonies of yesteryear goodbye. The Anno series, an RTS world-sim known as “Dawn of Discovery” in America, is headed for the year 2070.

“Anno 2070” will be set in the near future, but will still retain the traditional world-building mechanics of the previous entries in the series. With the last game being set an ominous 666 years earlier, it’s safe to say this will be a pretty big leap for the franchise.

Adam Novickas, director of marketing at Ubisoft, said in a press release, “Anno 2070 is a very ambitious game that will feel both familiar and fresh to fans of the series. Due to the game’s futuristic setting, the development team wasn’t restricted by historical boundaries and was able to dream bigger than ever before. It’s a new take on a great franchise that both newcomers and longtime fans will love.”

The official site for “Anno 2070” reveals that in this game’s near-future setting, humanity is forced to adapt to climate change. Players will be able to use different sorts of buildings and technologies in differing temperate zones throughout the game, which sounds similar to the different crops and buildings that were available in “Dawn of Discovery” depending on the location of the island being built upon.

The game boasts a brand new graphics engine and two factions — the Tycoons and Ecos — for players to choose from for single and multiplayer. It’s being developed by both Blue Byte and Related Designs and will be published by Ubisoft for the PC. A tentative release date is currently set for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Image credit: Ubisoft

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