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Anno 1602 - an era of pioneers and discoverers, merchants and pirates. The ruler of the Old World send their bravest and best seafarers to build prospering settlements in an unknown island world and to gain power and influence far away from home
Act as a courageous leader and complete a variety of tasks: rescue the survivors of a devastating catastrophe, free oppressed people and skilfully trade to provide your settlements with power and wealth. Defend your empire against envious people and heinous pirates and take revenge on your archenemies.
Far from home, the sovereign is counting on you. You are acting in the name of the King! 40 scenarios (27 in campaigns, 8 single-player and 5 network scenarios).Six campaigns with continuous stories describing the respective aim of the mission. Two introductory campaigns will prepare you for the complex missions.
With the introductory campaigns, even less experienced players can quickly familiarize themselves with important aspects such as taxes, boundaries as well as war on sea and land. Completely new assignments. For example, you will become a ‘flying merchant’ in one of the scenarios. Quick reactions in real-time to unforeseen events.