Cult-favorite sim franchise Anno to build empires on iPad

The next entry in Ubisoft's long-running, empire building Anno franchise is titled Anno: Build An Empire and instead of following in line with its PC predecessors, it's coming to the iPad.

"... Anno: Build an Empire requires strategic planning to ensure players are weighing the options and consequences of their city planning in order to create powerful, successful islands," reads Ubisoft's official description. "Taverns must be built to keep citizens happy and stress-free, churches will need to be built to satisfy the need for religion and homes will need to be built to keep citizens safe." So far that seems pretty typical of the series, though Ubisoft notes that the game has been built from the ground up for the iPad's touchscreen interface.

Unfortunately lacking from Ubisoft's announcement is any word on when Anno: Build An Empire might debut, beyond the claim that it should be available "soon." There's likewise no price tag associated with this release, though we've attempted to contact Ubisoft for further clarification and will report back when and if we hear anything.
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ANNO makes its mobile debut with ANNO: Build an Empire

London, UK - May 6, 2014 - Today, Ubisoft announced that ANNO, the city-builder strategy game from Blue Byte will soon be available on iPad as ANNO: Build an Empire. The game is developed in close collaboration with Mi'pu'mi Games, bringing the ANNO experience to another level. The franchise has been rebuilt from the ground up to be compatible with mobile gameplay, featuring a touchscreen interface that makes building cities easier than ever.

Like its predecessors, ANNO: Build an Empire requires strategic planning to ensure players are weighing the options and consequences of their city planning in order to create powerful, successful islands. Taverns must be built to keep citizens happy and stress-free, churches will need to be built to satisfy the need for religion and homes will need to be built to keep citizens safe.

Players will start off with one island, building it from the ground up to ensure its citizens are happy and healthy. Once players become skilled city planners, the most determined players create additional islands, managing multiple islands while guaranteeing safe trading routes with their neighbours.

Social elements from previous ANNO titles will also be incorporated into ANNO: Build an Empire and players will have a chance to challenge friends and foes and invite them to take part in this stand-alone ANNO adventure.

ANNO: Build an Empire is available on iPad 2 or higher and requires at least iOS6 and an internet connection to play.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.