Currently, Ubisoft’s Anno 1800 is celebrating its console release with an extended free week for PC gamers, which means the city builder is also temporarily a free PC game. However, if you want to take advantage of the offer, you will need to log out of Steam, as the offer only extends to the Ubisoft Connect and Epic Games Store versions.
Anno 1800, as its name suggests, puts you in control of a civilization at the dawn of the industrial age. This means that there is a lot of potential to delve into the technological innovations and the rapid expansion of the era. You’ll want to take advantage of diplomacy, trade routes, and perhaps even warfare to ensure your success at this pivotal time in history.
Those of you who prefer to play solo will find a story-driven campaign mode as well as customizable sandbox options with the potential for different AI opponents and randomly generated maps to keep things fresh. There are also options for cooperative or competitive play online, if you want to test your skills alongside other real players.
Anno 1800 is free from March 16-23. You can play through the Epic Games Store or directly through Ubisoft Connect. If you want to keep playing after that, the game is currently 75% off on all platforms (including Steam) until March 23, and your progress can carry over from the free week.
If you decide to give it a go, our Anno 1800 DLC guide should help you figure out which expansions to check out. We’ve also selected some of the best Anno 1800 mods, as well as some of the best city building games on PC.
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