Anno 1404

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Anno 1404
Anno 1404 cover
Related Designs
Blue Byte Software
Release dates
Windows June 23, 2009
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Key points

Released as Dawn of Discovery in the United States.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Ubisoft Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
TAGES DRM was removed in an official patch. Patch the game if necessary and Tages can be safely removed from the system[1]
Gold Edition
Gold Edition
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Can be played without Steam running.[2]
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Gold Edition

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes

Essential improvements[edit]


Patches are available to update the game and remove Tages DRM.

Unofficial Patch[edit]

This fan-made patch focuses on improving the English localisation and restoring text that was not translated from German in the original game. However it also fixes bugs and oversights relating to achievements and quests, in addition to offering a number of optional tweaks to gameplay, which means it may still be of interest to those not playing in English.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Anno1404\Config\Engine.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Anno1404\Profiles\
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Anno 1404\Savegames
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Anno 1404 Venice\Savegames

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Backup ingame possible when logging into Ubisoft Account

Video settings[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Remove window border[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Change <NoWindowFrame>0</NoWindowFrame> to <NoWindowFrame>1</NoWindowFrame>.

Input settings[edit]

In-game input settings.
In-game input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Only available in some cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
To play in German in versions without support for this language, see German.
Local retail version only.


If you bought the game in the international version and want to change the language to German, follow these steps:
These steps are not needed for the and Steam versions and any other versions that include German language support.

Base game[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download the German demo version.
  2. Once the download is complete, open the .exe file and install the demo. If you have already installed the full version, make sure that you install the demo version in a different folder.
  3. Go to the installation folder for the demo version.
  4. Open the folder maindata and copy ger0.rda somewhere else.
  5. Once the file is copied, you can uninstall the demo version.
  6. Go to <path-to-game>\maindata\ for the full version of the game.
  7. Paste the ger0.rda from the demo version into this location.
  8. Go to %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Anno1404\Config\
  9. Open Engine.ini.
  10. Change <LanguageTAG>eng</LanguageTAG> to <LanguageTAG>ger</LanguageTAG>
  11. The game should now start in German.

Venice expansion[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Download ger0.rda.
  2. copy ger0.rda into <path-to-game>\addon\
  1. Go to %APPDATA%\Ubisoft\Anno1404Addon\Config\
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Change <LanguageTAG>eng</LanguageTAG> to <LanguageTAG>ger</LanguageTAG>
  4. Anno 1404 Venice should start in German.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Requires the Venice expansion.[3]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 10
Shader Model support 2, 4
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 10 compatible


  1. Anno 1404 Wiki: Copyright protection
  2. Verified by User:Vetle on 2016-03-20
  3. Ubisoft Announces ANNO 1404 Venice The Official ANNO 1404 Add On | Forums