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Anno 1404 DVD cover

The boxart for Anno 1404.

Anno 1404, also known as Dawn of Discovery in North America, is a game that blends city building and economic simulation, along with real-time strategy elements. It was released in June 2009 and is the sequel to Anno 1701. It was developed by Related Designs, produced by Blue Byte, and is published by Ubisoft. There is a Wii and Nintendo DS version of Anno 1404, but they are not the same as the PC version.

Game Info[]

Anno 1404 logo

The official logo.

A unique and award-winning combination of construction, economy, discovery, diplomacy, and combat. Create your own nation with a unique blend of simulation and real-time strategy as you journey across the globe to explore, trade, and learn technologies to expand your empire and to make your own history.

Meet the Orient! Build your own settlement and get to know the culture and technologies of the Orient.

Create huge metropolises! Build a unique seaside with the harbor system and shape the character of your new city with alleyways, city walls, and castles.

Personalize the way you play! Configure the interface to fit your own personal needs. Create your own adventures in the Dawn of Discovery world with powerful tools and share them with the community.

A strategy game for beginners and pros! An intuitive interface for beginners with many options for advanced players. A thrilling campaign that carries beginners into the world of Dawn of Discovery. A motivating sandbox mode that can be modified by players to any degree. Special titles, talents, medals, and other rewards that are collected in the captain's log.

Expansion pack[]

Main article: Anno 1404 Venice

An expansion, titled Anno 1404: Venice, which adds multiplayer and other features, was released on February 26, 2010.

System requirements[]

  • OS: Windows XP (SP3) / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
  • CPU: Intel 3GHz or comparable (dual core recommended)
  • RAM: 1 GB (3 GB recommended)
  • GPU: DirectX®9-compatible graphics adapter with 128 MB RAM (DirectX®10 with 512 MB recommended)
  • DirectX®: DirectX®9/10
  • Hard Drive: 6 GB free space
  • Sound: DirectX®9-compatible
  • Input Devices: Mouse, Keyboard


Do you want to try the first two chapters of the Campaign? There's a free demo which you are able to download.

Buying the Game[]

Looking to get the game? Buy the Gold edition: UBI Store, Steam and