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Anno 1503

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This page is for the original game. For the 2020 remaster, see Anno 1503: History Edition.

Anno 1503
Anno 1503 cover
Max Design
Retail Sunflowers Interactive Entertainment Software
Retail Electronic Arts
Re-releases, digital Ubisoft
Release dates
Windows October 23, 2002
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres Building, Strategy
Themes Historical, Renaissance, Fantasy
Series Anno
Anno 1503 on HowLongToBeat
Anno 1503 on IGDB
Anno 1503 on MobyGames
Anno 1503 on Wikipedia
Anno 1602 1998
Anno 1503 2002
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 117: Pax Romana TBA


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Anno 1503 is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric building and strategy game in the Anno series.

General information

Also called 1503 A.D in North America. Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Anno 1503 Wiki (German only)


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Copies with the name Anno 1503 use SecuROM 4 DRM, and copies with the name 1503 AD or Anno 1503: The New World[1] use SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
includes the "Treasures, Monsters & Pirates" expansion.
Omits a registry key needed to access multiplayer; see Missing multiplayer menu.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


A free English demo can be downloaded here.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Treasures, Monsters & Pirates

Essential improvements


Patches 1.04.02 and 1.05 are available from Patches-Scrolls.

Skip intro videos

Move, delete or rename files[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos.
  2. Move, delete or rename 1000.bik and 1001.bik.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Max-Design\Anno1503

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\SaveGame[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
The game has the maximum resolution of 1280x1024 by default. Can be worked around using a widescreen patch.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


D3DWindower[citation needed]
  1. See D3DWindower for further instructions.
  2. Find <path-to-game>\1503Startup.exe.
  3. Run it with D3DWindower by pushing the fifth button.


Activating the emulation is not needed. Running the game directly through the launcher will work.
Run any borderless applications before running D3Dwindower or else the game will crash.


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


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
The official multiplayer service was shut down.

Connection types

Issues fixed

No music in cutscenes (Wine/Linux)

Install the directmusic component through winetricks.

Cannot select a desired resolution (greyed out menu box)

Force resolution via registry
  1. Open the Registry Editor and browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Max-Design\Anno1503.
  2. Change value of SCREENMODE to the desired menu entry, setting it to DWORD value 0 to 4 (0 being the top entry, and 4 being the bottom entry).

Missing multiplayer menu

Add missing registry key[5]
  1. Open the Registry Editor and browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Max-Design\Anno1503.
  2. Create a new DWORD key and name it MULTIPLAYER. Set its value to 1.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 930 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[3]
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


  1. Verified by User:Aemony on 2019-09-27
    Verified that Swedish retail copy titled Anno 1503: The New World is detected as SafeDisc v2.80.010 by ProtectionID.
  2. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  3. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  4. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-01-08
  5. ANNO 1503 Multiplayer missing, page 1 - Forum - - last accessed on 2023-01-08