Anno 1503

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Anno 1503
Anno 1503 cover
Max Design
Sunflowers Interactive Entertainment Software
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows March 23, 2003
Anno 1503 on HowLongToBeat
Anno 1503 on IGDB
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Anno 1503 on Wikipedia
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Key points

Also called 1503 A.D in North America.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Official game site
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.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


An English demo can be downloaded here.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Treasures, Monsters & Pirates

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Max resolution of 1280x1024.
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.

Input settings[edit]

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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

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] 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