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Anno 1800 triples the series’ player count on Steam even though you can’t buy it there

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Anno 1800 is now “the fastest selling game in the series” according to Ubisoft, and it’s quadrupled the launch week sales Anno 2205 achieved back in 2015. The latest game in the city building series has had a strange road to release, thanks to semi-exclusivity on the Epic Games store.

You can no longer purchase Anno 1800 on Steam, as it’s now exclusively sold through Ubisoft’s own Uplay launcher and the Epic store. However, pre-orders for the game remained on Steam remained live until launch, and those orders were all honoured with Steam version of the title. It seems plenty of players were eager to take advantage of that opportunity.

Anno 1800’s concurrent player counts on Steam peaked at 25,214 on launch day, according to Steam Charts. The previous title, Anno 2205, reached 7,401 peak concurrents on day one. We don’t have data on how many people are playing through Epic’s launcher or Uplay, but it’s safe to say that a significant number of those early sales came through Steam.

In a press release, managing director Benedikt Grindel says “After this amazing and successful launch, we now completely focus on delivering the best post-launch content possible for Anno 1800 and can’t wait to show you more!”

Wherever you play it, the game’s worth checking out – you can see our Anno 1800 review for more on why.

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You can also check out guides on steel beams and weapons production or more general Anno 1800 tips if you’re struggling to get your empire going. The industrial revolution won’t choke the world out with smog by itself, after all.

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