Anno 1404 is Free-to-Keep Until December 14

Publisher Ubisoft and developer Ubisoft Mainz have announced Anno 1404 is free-to-keep right now, letting city builder afficionados get a taste of the classic and medieval builder.

While Anno 1404 is free-to-keep from now until December 14th at 6 AM Pacific / 9 AM Eastern, you can only get and own the game on Ubisoft’s Store, as well as their game launcher. Redeeming the free game will let you keep the game forever in your Ubisoft Connect library.

If you want to own the game on Steam, it is currently 50% off but even after purchasing it through Steam, once it gets launched you’ll still have to activate the game through Ubisoft Connect and login with your Ubisoft account.

Anno 1404 was known as Dawn of Discovery in North America and was released back in 2009, with Ubisoft’s Blue Byte and Related Designs (now known as Ubisoft Mainz) co-developing the title. The game was remastered as Anno 1404 – History Edition for PC in 2020 as part of the Anno History Collection and is available via Steam, GOG, and the Ubisoft Store.

Here’s a previously released trailer for the classic game re-releases:

Here’s a rundown on the game:

Relive the captivating gameplay of a true city-building classic with Dawn of Discovery and its Venice expansion in Anno 1404 History Edition. See the game like never before, updated and optimized to work smoothly on current computers with resolutions of up to 4K, and enjoy all improvements while continuing your existing game with full save compatibility.


  • Expand your empire with the Venice expansion, including co-op and competitive multiplayer, as well as new features, ships, quests, and items.
  • Experience updated and expanded multiplayer functionality.
  • Take advantage of improvements like borderless window mode and multi-screen support.
  • Includes bonus content: Anno 1404 soundtrack, wallpaper, and a company logo for Anno 1800.

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