Anno 1800 Open Beta starts this week, looks to be another Epic Games Store Exclusive

It’s time to draw up your city plans as Anno 1800 is about to enter open beta. 

From April 12 through April 14, the open beta will be playable on PC via Uplay and the Epic Games Store. In addition to the release of the open beta dates, Ubisoft has announced the PC specs required to play the game (below).

Anno 1800 will be released for PC on April 16, 2019, and those who preorder will gain access to the Imperial Pack. The Digital Deluxe and Pioneers Editions will also give players access to the special Anarchist character amongst others.

Anno 1800 Open Beta

Interestingly, it seems that Anno 1800 may be another game exclusive to the Epic Games Store.

The Steam listing now has a notice which states;

Notice: Sales of Anno 1800 will be discontinued on Steam after April 16th due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store.

The publisher has assured us that all prior sales of the game on Steam will be fulfilled on Steam, and Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future updates or DLC through Steam. 

We apologize to Steam customers that were expecting it to be available for sale after the April 16th release date.

Anno 1800 is still listed on the Epic Games Store and does not include any notice regarding sales being discontinued after April 16. It’s not yet confirmed if Anno 1800 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store, but it seems likely given The Division 2 is an exclusive and when it was announced, Epic Games posted a blog that stated;

Ubisoft and Epic Games store will also partner on additional select titles to be announced during the coming year.

If it is confirmed that Anno 1800 is exclusive to the Epic Games Store, it follows other titles such as The Division 2, Metro Exodus and Borderlands 3. Fans are outraged with Epic Games Store exclusives and have taken to ‘review bombing’ titles on Steam in retaliation.

If Anno 1800 follows suit, will we see the same behaviour again?

The open beta kicks off on April 12 and you can register here. The PC specs are as follows;

  • Minimum Specifications 1080p (30FPS):
    • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64bit versions only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2500 @ 3.3 GHz, AMD FX 6350 @ 3.9 GHz
    • RAM: 8GB
    • Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 (2GB), AMD Radeon R7 260X (2GB)
    • Direct X: Direct X 11 or 12
  • Minimum Specifications 1080p (60FPS):
    • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64bit versions only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4460 @ 3.2 GHz, AMD Ryzen3 1200 @ 3,1 GHz
    • RAM: 8GB
    • Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 (2GB) or AMD Radeon R9 270X (2GB) 
    • Direct X: Direct X 11 or 12
  • Recommended Specifications 1080p (30FPS):
    • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64bit versions only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4690K @ 3.5 GHz, AMD Ryzen5 1400 @ 3.2 GHz
    • RAM: 8GB
    • Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 (4GB), AMD Radeon R9 285X (2GB)
    • Direct X: Direct X 11 or 12
  • Recommended Specifications 4K (60FPS):
    • Operating System: Windows 10 (64bit versions only)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4690 @ 3.5 GHz, AMD Ryzen 5 1500X @ 3.5 GHz
    • RAM: 8GB
    • Video Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 (4GB), AMDRadeon R9 290X (4GB)
    • Direct X: Direct X 11 or 12

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