Anno 1404

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Anno 1404
Anno 1404 cover
Related Designs
Blue Byte Software
Release dates
Windows June 23, 2009
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres Building, Strategy, Simulation
Art styles Realistic
Themes Historical, Fantasy, Renaissance, Medieval
Series Anno
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Key points

Released as Dawn of Discovery in the United States.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Community Discussions US Version
Ubisoft Support
Ubisoft Support (Venice DLC)
Ubisoft Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
TAGES DRM was removed in an official patch. Tages can be safely removed from the system after patching[1]
Gold Edition
GamersGate (unavailable)
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Gold Edition
Games for Windows Marketplace (unavailable)
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Steam (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Gold Edition.
Steam (unavailable)
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Gold Edition."US Version".
A German demo can be downloaded here.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.03 is available to update the game and remove Tages DRM.

Unofficial patch[edit]

This fan-made patch (downloadable from Patches-Scrolls or ModDB) focuses on improving the English localisation and restoring text that was not translated from German in the original game. However it also fixes bugs and oversights relating to achievements and quests, in addition to offering a number of optional tweaks to gameplay, which means it may still be of interest to those not playing in English.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Modify language files
  1. Download and extract RDAExplorer, and run RDAExplorerGUI.
  2. In <path-to-game>, open the .rda file for your language, (e.g. usa0.rda, eng0.rda or ger0.rda). Backup the file for safe keeping before proceeding.
  3. Open the .rda using the 'Open' method, NOT 'Open - READ ONLY'. Picking the latter will cause the game to claim it is modified and achievements will be disabled.
  4. Once the file is open, find the data\loca\[usa / eng / ger]\movies\start_logo_list.txt file. Right-click on it and choose 'Delete'.
  5. Choose File -> Save.

4 GB patch[edit]

The 4 GB patch improves stability during long sessions. Download it here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Anno1404\Config\Engine.ini
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33210/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Anno1404\Profiles\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Anno 1404\Savegames
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Anno 1404 Venice\Savegames
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/33210/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect
In-game backup possible when logging into a Ubisoft Account


In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Remove window border[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Change <NoWindowFrame>0</NoWindowFrame> to <NoWindowFrame>1</NoWindowFrame>.


In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Only available in some cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.
To play in German in versions without support for this language, see Switching to German language.
Fan translation.
Local retail version only. Patch available.

Switching to German language[edit]

If you bought the game in the international version and want to change the language to German, follow these steps:
These steps are not needed for digital releases.

Base game[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the German demo version.
  2. Once the download is complete, open the .exe file and install the demo. If you have already installed the full version, make sure that you install the demo version in a different folder.
  3. Go to the installation folder for the demo version.
  4. Open the folder maindata and copy ger0.rda somewhere else.
  5. Once the file is copied, you can uninstall the demo version.
  6. Go to <path-to-game>\maindata\ for the full version of the game.
  7. Paste the ger0.rda from the demo version into this location.
  8. Go to %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Anno1404\Config\
  9. Open Engine.ini.
  10. Change <LanguageTAG>eng</LanguageTAG> to <LanguageTAG>ger</LanguageTAG>
  11. The game should now start in German.

Venice expansion[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download ger0.rda.
  2. Copy ger0.rda into <path-to-game>\addon\
  3. Go to %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Anno1404Addon\Config\
  4. Open Engine.ini.
  5. Change <LanguageTAG>eng</LanguageTAG> to <LanguageTAG>ger</LanguageTAG>
  6. The expansion should start in German.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 Requires the Venice expansion.
Online play
8 Requires the Venice expansion.[3]

Connection types

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10
Shader Model support 2, 4
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Supported ATI Radeon chipsets: 9600-9800/X300-850/X1050-1950/HD 2400-2900/HD 3400-3870/HD 4300-4890 series
Supported Nvidia GeForce chipsets: 6100-6800/7/8/9/120-140/250(295 series
Laptop versions of these cards are NOT officially supported.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/33210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (33210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.