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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 GHOST SHIP SAILS TOWARDS ANNO® ONLINE UBISOFT’S BROWSER-BASED F2P STRATEGY GAME IS READY FOR HALLOWEEN

SAN FRANCISCO – October 22, 2013 – Ubisoft® and Blue Byte® are launching a stirring Halloween event for ANNO® Online, the critically acclaimed free-to-play world-building strategy game. The special in-game Halloween event will bring players spooky new content including additional resources, exclusive Halloween items, as well as a new island that carries a dark secret.

Developed by Ubisoft Blue Byte, ANNO Online challenges players to build and manage a medieval kingdom and trading empire, working alone or with other players in the online community.  Featuring advanced graphics and proven gameplay from the long-running ANNO PC-game franchise, ANNO Online delivers a full world-building experience at no cost to the player in the convenience of their browser.  Players can join in on the fun by visiting the game’s official web site at www.Anno-Online.com.

Main Island – The Cursed ship

During the Halloween event, a cursed phantom ship will come to berth on the player’s island with a captain who demands assistance lifting the curse on his vessel. Users will have to bring the captain loot to satisfy his requests in return for some seemingly unusable Black Beans.  Players will need to work to assuage the phantom captain and help remove the curse afflicting his ship.

Pumpkins & Lanterns

Players will also be able to build Pumpkin Farms thanks to the new Black Beans currency and grow Pumpkins in this new edifice. Pumpkins can be turned into Halloween Lanterns, which can be used by players to explore sectors on the frightening new Lantern Island, as well as the fabled gates to the Underworld that are scattered around it.

The Lantern Island

This new dedicated area will be introduced during the Halloween event for players to explore. Equipped with Halloween Lanterns, players will be able to investigate each haunted nook of this dark island, find hidden gates that lead to the underworld, complete exclusive quests and get many rewards. Players will need to fully explore the island in order to cut off the source of the ghost captain’s powers and banish him forever.

Exclusive Halloween Items:

Users will also have access to several new buildings and buffs when completing quests.  These include:

  • Haunted Mill: this building produces flour at 30% more efficiently
  • Haunted Paper Mill: this building produces twice as much as a normal paper mill
  • Haunted Tree: this structure produces amazing buffs from time to time
  • Pumpkin Soup (buff): this buff quadruples production speed for a short amount of time
  • Beef Stew (buff): this buff quadruples production speed for a long amount of time

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher, and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 29 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2012-13 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,256 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

About Blue Byte, a Ubisoft studio:

Blue Byte was established in 1988 and released its first hit game in 1991: Battle Isle. This was followed in 1993 by the development strategy game The Settlers®, which established itself as a longlasting favorite. In 2001, Blue Byte was acquired by Ubisoft, and in 2004 the studio moved into the premises of Ubisoft’s German branch in Düsseldorf. The team at Blue Byte is responsible for new productions of The Settlers® and ANNO®. The studio is also active in the free-2-play genre with the web-based browser game The Settlers Online, available in several languages and currently captivating millions of players worldwide.

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