Blue Byte still has hopes for their long-lived The Settlers franchise, it seems. Today Ubisoft announced The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria for PC, the latest release in the series and a reinvention said to be the most innovative Settlers title yet. That is to say, Blue Byte's The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, the free-to-play The Settlers Online, and Facebook title The Settlers - My City all disappeared in 2010, so here's something to hopefully bring some energy back to the franchise.
Christopher Schmitz, Director of Product Development at Blue Byte, released the following prepared statement filled with the usual buzzwords:
"By reinventing our approach to the franchise, The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria offers players a brand new experience full of new possibilities to explore. Without a doubt, this is the most innovative Settlers’ game we have ever created."
Unfortunately, there's an almost astonishing lack of information regarding the game released. Even the platform wasn't confirmed in the press release. Rather, it's only to be found as a "PC" logo buried in the title card at the end of the game's announcement trailer. Release date, gameplay details, price and so on, it's all a mystery. All we have to go on is the vague, insincere promise of "innovation" and "reinvention". Mmm, those buzzwords.
The Settlers hasn't been great in almost 20 years. That's the reality of the franchise, though Ubisoft has probably made money off of it due to its varied free-to-play and social endeavors. Now that those types of games have kind of died out, it's curious what Blue Byte and Ubisoft will do next. The lack of information likely says enough to read between the lines here, but we can hope for a return to the epic strategy roots, but with a glossy new shine.
Expect more information on The Settlers - Kingdoms of Anteria soon.