The Anno 1800 Closed Beta test has been taking place this weekend, giving us our first chance to go hands-on with the new historical management strategy game. Anno 1800 was originally set to launch on February 26th but has been pushed back until April 16th, providing Blue Byte with an extra couple of months of optimisation time.

A Closed Beta meant updated system requirements for Anno 1800. These Anno 1800 system specs are still in flux and could change between now and launch, but judging from Anno 1800’s performance so far these look as if they’re certainly in the right ballpark.

Anno 1800 Closed Beta Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 670 or Radeon R9 285
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 60 GB Available Hard Drive Space

Anno 1800 Closed Beta Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 480
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 60 GB Available Hard Drive Space

All in all the system requirements for Anno 1800 are fairly demanding for a city-builder type game. However, Anno 1800 definitely looks better than your average strategy game, cramming its environments with a ton of detail and also showing each and every citizen going about their daily business, whether that’s heading to work or popping to the pub for a well-earned pint.

GPU Requirements and Performance

Based on the system specs for Anno 1800 provided by Ubisoft, you would be looking at running a GTX 1060 to run the game on medium settings at a solid 60 frames per second at 1080p. Running the game at ultra settings, however, will see even the 1060 struggle to maintain a constant 60fps at the same resolution.

CPU Requirements and Performance

Anno 1800 makes good use of multiple CPU cores with all threads being utilized. CPU usage is very minimal overall, although as with many city-builder games CPU usage tends to rise slowly as the game progresses. With larger settlements and more AI citizens, the CPU usage just increases over time. If you are looking to make a large city, you will definitely need to be looking at higher spec CPU than the ones officially recommended. At web-system, we recommend the i5 8400 or the Ryzen 5 1600x if you are looking to go for a metropolis.

1440p Performance

Looking at the 1080p performance though, we think it’s a safe bet the GeForce GTX 1060 would really begin to struggle at 1440p. This resolution looks like the realm of the GeForce GTX 1070, as a minimum, but even that’s definitely pushing it if you want to play at Very High or Ultra.

A reminder as well that there’s still another couple of months to go until Anno 1800’s launch and plenty could still change. Since the reason for pushing back the date has been for optimisation purposes, it’s safe to say that a lot of this will improve before the new April launch

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