Hit strategy game Anno 1800 is breaking away from the digital screen and heading to your dinner table. Introducing the Anno 1800 board game!
Strategy games existed long before the era of video games. They existed as tabletop and board games. They used game boards and figurines to create some tremendously engaging examples of strategy simulation. And these games have not been forgotten. As a matter of fact, some video games are converting to board games. In this case, it’s Anno 1800.
In Anno, the player must build a city as they progress through the age of industrialization. They have to manage the population of their city and the production of resources they demand. Maintaining a balance of everything is vital to keep the entire thing from falling apart.
A post on the Instagram Account of Kosmos Games announces that the game will be produced into a tabletop board game as well. It showcased an image of the box with the following description).
“The great engine-building, strategy game about the age of industrialization! 😱⠀⠀
In the board game based on the popular PC game by @Ubisoftmainz you continuously build up your own industry to develop your home island. ⠀
Ship fleets allow for active trade and the development of new islands in the Old and New World. You have to fulfill the wishes of your own population. While the inhabitants are initially satisfied with bread and clothing, they soon demand valuable luxury goods. You must plan production chains sensibly and keep an eye on the specialization of your population. The goal: A wise distribution of farmers, workers, artisans, engineers and investors. But beware: The competition never sleeps and can snatch the new achievements from under your nose at any time! Who creates the most prosperous island?⠀
Game designer: Martin Wallace”
The board game is reportedly being designed by Martin Wallace, who has an established history designing board games.
Currently, the only other information we have is that the board game is marked for release some time in Fall of 2020. Pricing and availability were not provided. It’s entirely possible that this will be exclusive to Germany, since the post was only made on the German account, but we cannot confirm or deny this at this time.
I’m fascinated to see how they translate Anno’s dynamic system into a board game. We’ll see soon enough.