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​Ubisoft Is Giving Away 'Anno 1602' To Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

​Ubisoft Is Giving Away 'Anno 1602' To Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary

To celebrate its 20th birthday, Ubisoft has made PC title Anno 1602 free for a select time.

Noted as "the game where it all began," Anno 1602 launched in for Windows 1998, and is undeniably a classic in its own right.

It was developed in Austria by Max Design, and published by Sunflowers Interactive, initially, in Germany, where it sold millions of copies. 1602 earned pretty decent reviews elsewhere in Europe, too. But not so much in the US, despite multiple publications noting it as one of the most influential games of all time.

Play 'Anno 1602' for free now. Credit: Ubisoft
Play 'Anno 1602' for free now. Credit: Ubisoft
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Whether you liked it two decades ago or not, it's a classic of its kind, and it's now completely free. So make sure you head to the game's official website if you fancy a (re)visit to the construction and management game - however mundane that may actually sound, now that we read it back.

Once on the promotion page, you need to click the "PC" button, from which you must log into, or create, a Ubisoft account. If done correctly, you'll be notified that Anno 1602 has been added to your uPlay library. To start the instillation, launch the uPlay client.

The offer will last until 22 December at 11:00 pm (local time). Be quick, builders!

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And no, it's not just Ubisoft being all Christmas-y and sentimental. The promotion is designed to get Anno players excited for the release of Anno 1800 next year, a title that Ubisoft is publishing.

It will be the seventh instalment in the Anno series, and marks the return of historical moments in time, following the last two titles, Anno 2070 and Anno 2205, which visited civilisations far into the future.

Anno 1880 takes place during the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. It adds new aspects of gameplay, like tourism, blue-printing, and the effects of industrialisation's influence on island inhabitants.

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What do you think about this news? Have you played an Anno before? Will you download this freebie? Make sure you let us know.

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Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.