|
Your continuous donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » Games » General Non-RPG » Anno 1701 coming to the DS

Default Anno 1701 coming to the DS

January 15th, 2007, 14:48
From here:

Anno 1701 on the Nintendo DS. Developed by Keen Games, the title will launch in Europe and Australasia in Q2 2007.

"We are looking forward to building a strong relationship with the team at SUNFLOWERS to expand and develop the gaming experience that ANNO 1701 offers," said Thierry Braille, vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games EMEA. "With BVG's expertise in publishing a broad portfolio of video games for the entire family and titles for the Nintendo DS, ANNO 1701 is an optimal addition to our portfolio because it appeals to both males and females alike, and also attracts younger as well as older gamers."

"ANNO 1701 stands for great quality and extraordinary gameplay," said Wilhelm Hamrozi, CEO SUNFLOWERS. "When expanding the property onto other platforms, we don't simply port the game design, but we develop new concepts that satisfy the familiar high standards in terms of quality and gameplay appropriate to the platform", he continued. "We are delighted about this collaboration and view Buena Vista Games as the ideal partner to begin a sensible expansion of our ANNO brand onto other platforms", Hamrozi concluded.

The Anno 1701 world is based on the PC title by Sunflowers. This is the very first venture onto the DS for the popular empire-building title. Set between the 17th and 18th centuries, the game is based on creating, building and developing civilisations. If you want to check out some screens of the game, you can check out a batch that were released a few months back by clicking 'Game Page' at the top of this news page.
I loved the PC game - and I know many of you guys have been following the series for quite a while, so I figured I'd share!

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#1

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468

Default 

January 15th, 2007, 15:18
I didn´t realize this was news when I saw it a few months ago.

Anno 1701 is officially the best selling PC game in Germany 2006. It´s still on the number 1 chart position after two months, sometimes interrupted for a week by another game. With WoW around the corner it will soon drop a place but still continue to sell well.

Keen Games is the new studio founded by the leads of the former JoWooD studio Neon Games. Their last game, the jump & run Legend of Kay received very good reviews but was a commercial flop for reasons we all know.
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#2

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,850

Default 

January 15th, 2007, 15:27
Originally Posted by Gorath View Post
I didnīt realize this was news when I saw it a few months ago.
I didn't see it until now - this is the first mention since Leipzig, when I guess it was announced

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#3

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468

Default 

January 15th, 2007, 20:37
To tell the truth, I never had much liking for the Anno series, but in similar news, I only recently discovered that Disciples 2, Warlords and Jagged Alliance (unsure exactly which one) are all coming for the NDS as well.
Arma is offline

Arma

Arma's Avatar
Sentinel

#4

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 394

Default 

January 15th, 2007, 20:39
Jagged Alliance is #2 as well. Those are all supposedly coming sometime this year …loads of strategy coming - I mentioned Anno only because I know many here are big fans of that series.

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#5

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468

Default 

January 17th, 2007, 12:40
The thing that bugsme is that sooo many games for handhelds are games I'sd like to play on the PC.

But no, the publishers won't never ever ever release them fopr the PC, simply because they don't look like flashy, eye-candy-looking 3D graphics.

I still love to play Commander Keen, simply because it's huge fun, and I don't feel bothered by the non-3D-graphics at all. I believe "marketing experts" of bigger publishers would call me mad for that.

Instead I call *them* mad, because they don't want to publish anything that has not 3D.
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#6

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 16,000

Default 

January 17th, 2007, 13:47
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
The thing that bugsme is that sooo many games for handhelds are games I'sd like to play on the PC.
Um … isn't every game mentioned in this thread a PC game?

Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
Instead I call *them* mad, because they don't want to publish anything that has not 3D.
Thing is, re-releasing these things for PC in their 2D state wouldn't sell … but on a GBA or even DS screen they get tremendous flexibility and don't have to totally redo the graphics.

Look at Age of Empires: Age of Kings for the DS - they turned it from RTS to TBS and integrated touch screen and other elements, and it was brilliant! Not perfect, but a really good game that was completely independent of the PC and yet felt like playing a PC game.

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#7

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468

Default 

January 17th, 2007, 15:36
Originally Posted by txa1265 View Post
Um … isn't every game mentioned in this thread a PC game?
Star Wars : Flight of the Falcon isn't a PC game, for example.
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#8

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 16,000

Default 

January 17th, 2007, 15:55
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
Star Wars : Flight of the Falcon isn't a PC game, for example.
THANK INNOS for that!

But that was the first time that game came up in the thread - or are you just talking about the general trend of releasing games for GBA / DS / PSP that could be good on the PC?

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#9

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468

Default 

January 17th, 2007, 21:41
Yes, rather that. I mean that I would simply like games that are exclusives on handhelds on the PC, too. And I wouldn't mind the graphics at all, as long as there is fun in it.
Alrik Fassbauer is offline

Alrik Fassbauer

Alrik Fassbauer's Avatar
TL;DR

#10

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Old Europe
Posts: 16,000

Default 

February 16th, 2007, 13:52
There is a nice new preview of the game here, citing a late summer UK release. I hope the fact that Disney is working on it secures a US release

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#11

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468

Default 

March 26th, 2007, 14:28
Even more interesting stuff …

A cool video that shows … it will be just like you would expect!

Also a cubic heckovalot of screens

This is definitely high on my wish list for the summer.

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#12

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468

Default 

April 11th, 2007, 21:47
In the news today:

Ubisoft wants to buy Sunflowers!
Sunflowers agrees this is a good idea. Anno 1701 is Germany´s most successful strategy franchise with more then 5M units sold. Also part of the deal is Sunflowers´ 30% stake in Anno 1701 developer Related Designs.
After the acquisition Ubi will have a dominant position on the German strategy market because they also own the other strong brand, The Settlers, though the Blue Byte deal a couple of years ago.








Ubi´s investment is a sign that the big publishers perceive a clear upward trend in the quality delivered by German developers.
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#13

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,850

Default 

April 11th, 2007, 22:19
And this might mean a huge quality drop in German games for the future.
Look at what they did with The Settlers.
The Settlers II & III were great strategy games. Look at what hapenned with the fifth installment.
Pladio is online now

Pladio

Pladio's Avatar
Guardian of Nonsense
RPGWatch Donor

#14

Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: London, uk
Posts: 3,238
Send a message via MSN to Pladio

Default 

April 12th, 2007, 00:46
Thatīs also what I think might happen. Ubi will push them towards a faster development cycle and maybe additional platforms. Which will reduce the time available to refine things.
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#15

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,850

Default 

April 12th, 2007, 13:29
Originally Posted by Gorath View Post
Ubisoft wants to buy Sunflowers!
Even more than "wants"

Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers announced that it has concluded an agreement to acquire SunFlowers, owner of the Anno brand, one of the most successful strategy games with five million units sold worldwide and one of the best-selling games in the German market
So who knows … sometimes these things are good, other times not so good …

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#16

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468

Default 

April 12th, 2007, 16:56
Yes, the German newsbit I found first was not precise enough.

Latest update:
The Sunflowers founders will take the money and open a new company to work on MMOs. Part of the development team will follow. Ubi wants to talk to the remaining staff (without clarification on whether the topic is "stay" or "leave" ).

Source
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#17

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,850

Default 

May 15th, 2007, 13:18
Cool new interview at PocketGamer.uk:

Finally, what personally most pleases you most about Anno 1701?

It has to be the fact we squeezed a game with nearly the same feature-set as the PC version into such a small cartridge. To do this we really had to flip every byte twice, but by the end we have a full Anno 1701, which offers the same entertainment as when you play the PC version.

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#18

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468

Default 

May 23rd, 2007, 09:48
Jagged alliance 2 going to NDS? It will be great to be able to play JA2 on the go, though I imagine it will be cut down significantly in terms of content.

Favourite RPGs of all time: Wizardry 6, Ultima 7/7.2, Fallout2, Planescape Torment, Baldurs Gate 2+TOB, Jagged Alliance 2, Ravenloft: The stone prophet, Gothic 2, Realms of Arkania:Blade of destiny (not the HD version!!) and Secret of the Silver Blades.
bjon045 is offline

bjon045

bjon045's Avatar
Keeper of the Watch

#19

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sigil
Posts: 958

Default 

May 23rd, 2007, 10:23
Originally Posted by bjon045 View Post
Jagged alliance 2 going to NDS? It will be great to be able to play JA2 on the go, though I imagine it will be cut down significantly in terms of content.
I wouldn't assume too much in terms of content - the DS is quite capable of holding 40+ hour games … but we have no idea what this will all look like. The Settlers game is due in June, and from there we can assess the potential for the Warlords & JA2 games.

— Mike
txa1265 is offline

txa1265

txa1265's Avatar
SasqWatch

#20

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Corning, NY USA
Posts: 11,468
RPGWatch Forums » Games » General Non-RPG » Anno 1701 coming to the DS
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 00:21.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright by RPGWatch