Anno 1404: History Edition

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Anno 1404: History Edition
Anno 1404: History Edition cover
Developers
Ubisoft Blue Byte
Publishers
Ubisoft
Release dates
Windows June 25, 2020
Reception
IGDB 72
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Point and select
Genres Building, Strategy, Simulation, 4X
Art styles Realistic
Themes Historical, Fantasy, Renaissance, Medieval
Series Anno
Anno 1404: History Edition on IGDB
Anno 1602 1998
Anno 1503 2003
Anno 1701 2006
Anno 1404 2009
Anno 2070 2011
Anno Online 2013
Anno 2205 2015
Anno 1800 2019
Anno 1404: History Edition 2020
Anno 1503: History Edition 2020
Anno 1602: History Edition 2020
Anno 1701: History Edition 2020

Anno 1404: History Edition is a single-player multi-player strategy game and an updated version of the 2009 Anno 1404. The game, developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte and published by Ubisoft, uses an enhanced version of the proprietary game engine from the all-time popular Anno series.[1]

Anno 1404: History Edition released for Windows through the Epic Games Store, Uplay, Steam, GamersGate, Gamesplanet and GMG on June 25, 2020.

This version of the game includes all of the DLCs and bonus content including the Venice expansion. Beyond that, this version includes a special commemorative Anno 1404 wallpaper and a company logo for use in Anno 1800. Also, the full Anno History Collection (consisting of the four popular games: Anno 1404: History Edition, Anno 1602: History Edition, Anno 1701: History Edition and Anno 1503: History Edition) on Uplay includes an additional fifth company logo, plus a special ornament for use in Anno 1800 and a new History Edition Suite encompassing the main themes of all four games, which can be enjoyed with Anno 1404: History Edition, alongside the rest of the game’s digital soundtrack. Now users can create new custom scenarios or import and play old scenarios created with the editing tools.

The game is now much more optimized for modern PCs with newer hardware as well as software. One of the biggest changes to this game is it is now 64-bit only, meaning it can now take full advantage of all RAM in modern computers; hence, the issue of the game running out of RAM is eliminated. Along with all this, the game supports screen resolutions up to 4K and enables the use of multiple displays. The game's multiplayer functionality has also been tweaked to support improved and enhanced multiplayer functionality via Uplay. There is also a quick match function and desync recovery like the one seen in Anno 1800.

As of July 2020, Ubisoft has fixed the issue where the game would crash at launch for multiple users. The game has received its second feature update since its release which aims to fix multiple bugs and issues in the game.

Official Support Page
Steam community discussions

Availability[edit]

All versions require Uplay DRM.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

This patch was created for the original Anno 1404 but also works with the new Anno 1404: History Edition.[2]
The Unofficial Anno Patch is a hybrid localization, bugfix, and restoration patch. It requires Venice and will have no effect on the base game.
Anno 1404 has a dubious English translation, with many places being seemingly machine-translated with spelling, grammar and formatting errors. So an unofficial patch was created for a truly professional English translation, both for British and American English.
It also includes a few mods that can be used without breaking achievements or medals. The mods are infinite water for Norias, infinite Natural Resources, no "Production Halted" sounds, and only have one person to find for all "Wanted Person" quests.

Skip intro videos and splash screen[edit]

  1. Open eng0.rda located at <path-to-game>\maindata\ using RDA Explorer.
  2. Once the .rda file is open, go to data\loca\movies\ and find the start_logo_list.txt file.
  3. Right-click that .txt file and click delete.
  4. Then go to File and click Save

Notes

Create a backup of the .rda file in case of any problems or want to re-enable the movies.
The .rda file must be opened only using the 'open' method and not the 'open - read-only' method.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Anno1404\Config
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1281630/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Anno1404\Savegames
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Anno1404 Venice\Savegames
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1281630/pfx/[Note 1]
Original game save files are compatible with this game.
To use existing singleplayer save games from the original version of the game, copy them into the above location.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Store
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video[edit]

General Settings
General Settings
Advanced Graphics Settings
Advanced Graphics Settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
UI scales automatically.
Multi-monitor
Stated in the DevBlog[4]
Ultra-widescreen
Hor+, Checked at 3440*1440 screen resolution. The game automatically scales the user interface to remain comfortably playable even at such a high resolution [5]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 8x
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Game is capped at 60 FPS by default. See High frame rate.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

High frame rate[edit]

The game limits frame rate to 60 FPS by default.
Remove FPS cap[6]
  1. Go to the Configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini with a text editor.
  3. Change <RefreshRate>60</RefreshRate> to the desired refresh rate.

Input[edit]

Key remapping Settings
Key remapping Settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio[edit]

Audio Settings
Audio Settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Upto 5.1 support.
Subtitles
Cutscenes only
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
German
Spanish
Polish
Russian
Czech

Network[edit]

Interface Settings
Interface Settings

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
8
Online play
8
The History Edition does not use separate profiles for singleplayer and multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Only for Quick-matches

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 18000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.
This game does not support multiplayer between the original game and the Anno History Edition.[7]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10, 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3220 @ 3.3 Ghz
AMD FX-4130 @ 3.9 Ghz, or better
System memory (RAM) 4 GB RAM
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7.22 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon R7 265, or better
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  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>/1281630/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1281630) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Game Engine used by Anno - last accessed on 2020-07-07
  2. Verified by User:Ultragamer2004 on 2020-07-16
  3. Verified by User:Ultragamer2004 on 2020-06-29
  4. Anno 1404 History Edition DevBlog - last accessed on 2020-06-28
  5. Verified by User:Ultragamer2004 on 2020-06-29
    Tested at 21:9 aspect ratio.
  6. Verified by User:Ultragamer2004 on 2020-06-28
  7. MULTIPLAYER COMPATIBILITY OF THE ANNO HISTORY COLLECTION WITH THE OLD GAMES - last accessed on 2020-06-28