This is pretty strange, but anyone that wants to have Anno 1800 on Steam, buy it on there before the game launches.
Ubisoft and Epic Games both like money and have lots of money, which is why their partnership was inevitable. Is this a problem? Yes, it is, especially since now we know that Anno 1800 is the next game that becomes an exclusive of that platform, which is just horrible news. But, there is one ray of grey light in this inexplicable darkness. You can pre-purchase the game on Steam right until it launches. Seems pretty strange, doesn’t it? As this means that if you don’t want to support the Epic Store you have to pre-purchase the game on Steam without even knowing if it was going to be good or not.
If you want, you can visit the Anno 1800 Steam page right now, which has its own special warning that goes like this:
Sales of Anno 1800 will be discontinued on Steam after April 16th due to a publisher decision to make the game exclusive to another PC store.
The publisher has assured us that all prior sales of the game on Steam will be fulfilled on Steam, and Steam owners will be able to access the game and any future updates or DLC through Steam.
We apologize to Steam customers that were expecting it to be available for sale after the April 16th release date.
The Anno strategy games are pretty specific, and they have a specific kind of player base. Does Ubisoft want to reduce those numbers even further with an exclusivity deal? Guess so, but if Anno 1800 ends up being an amazing strategy game with complex micromanaging that involves economics and city building, everyone that wants to play it will buy it regardless of the platform on which it is available. Still, it’s horrible to see how many developers are signing the exclusivity deal with Epic Games.
Are you going to pre-purchase Anno 1800? Or are you tired of publishers switching up their words and promises when they get offered up a lot of money?