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[GC] Screenshots, videos and a full gamescom 2019 recap

Another year, another gamescom and another great time for The Settlers.

We promised you a proper recap last week and don’t want to let you wait any longer – so let’s get started:

At gamescom 2019 we did a total of 10 presentations, showing new gameplay and features to anyone who joined us in the Ubisoft Lounge. Creative Director Volker Wertich also dropped in to answer questions and gather feedback from fans and players.

Further special guests were our The Settlers Star Players DerSpender, ZockerLounge and Aliestor.

Since we started every presentation with the new trailer, let’s do the same here to get you into the right mood:

We also want to make you aware that all gameplay footage shown in this blog is from a pre-alpha version of the game. Many elements and features are not final yet and still work in progress – this is especially true for the user interface.

During out presentations we explained several elements of the Food and Stamina System in action, showing the different ways of acquiring all the ingredients for tasty dishes. Aside from the early game goods like fish and berries, a hunter and a ranch will provide your settlers with different kinds of meat from wild and domesticated animals while a farm provides vegetables, corn and wheat.

This of course meant sharing details about the animal system (which will receive its own, detailed blog later this year), for example regarding their different behaviors and uses as well as their impact on the environment around them.

We also explained the importance of roads as well as the production and use of carts, like this donkey cart here, which can carry up to 5 goods at the same time.

In between we showed several different stages of our settlement:

While we started out small with this outpost…

… we soon expanded and started recruiting more workers to keep up with the increasing demand in resources…

… and finally ended up with a huge settlement with many settlers and a flourishing economy.

Part two of our presentation was a first detailed look at the “Path of Glory” victory method.

In addition to the straightforward military way, The Settlers offers alternative victory methods to win the day. These require us to invest our resources in a different way and adjust our economy and planning.

With Path of Glory we recruit a hero and train him in the Heroes’ Retreat.

We also need an arena which requires a lot of resources and space. If we think we’re ready we can challenge the enemy to a showfight by selecting which part of his territory we want to fight over.

Now our two heralds will go and gather settlers from the enemy and our own settlement to fill the audience ranks. We need to keep in mind that these settlers won’t be able to work while watching the fight, so our economy should be stable and enough supplies available.

If we win the duel, our settlers are happy. Their trust in our leadership has been strengthened.

The enemy’s settlers, however, will lose trust in their leader’s abilities. They will return home and start protesting, voicing their discontent. This dissatisfaction can spread like a plague if the enemy doesn’t start working against it.

At some point, all settlers in the affected territory will start a revolt, stop working and start walking around with pitchforks. The leader of the revolt will then take down the banner of the nearest keep and hoist ours instead.

Now all buildings and settlers in this area will work for us instead, greatly strengthening our economy.

If we had conquered the territory with our soldiers, all buildings except for the keep would’ve been destroyed and all enemy settlers would’ve fled.

Part of our gamescom announcement also was the delay to 2020, to make sure we deliver the very best The Settlers experience at release. We also revealed all the different The Settlers game editions which are available for pre-order now.

We had a great time at gamescom and are going back to work with valuable feedback and suggestions we received from you in the Q&As after each session. Since we have already shared some impressions from the convention, make sure to share your own with us on social media if you haven’t done so already!

Looking forward at what’s to come in the near future, we got several things planned for the coming weeks:

We will provide you with more detailed insights into both the Animal System as well as the Path of Glory which we summarized above. On top of that we have several more blogs planned and maybe a few surprises along the way.

Stay tuned, share your gamescom 2019 experience in the comments and feel free to ask any pressing questions you might have.

Thank you all very much for your continuous support!


[GC] It will be wuselig in the UbiLounge – gamescom schedule 2019

In less than a week, the gamescom in Cologne will open its doors – and The Settlers will be ready for you!

As we have briefly mentioned last week, you can visit us in the UbiLounge (hall 6.1, booth B20) where we are going to present the game and a few new features. Afterwards, we will be around to answer your most urgent questions. And maybe you’re lucky and creative director Volker Wertich will also drop in!

The presentations are held several times during the week. For your convenience, we got the full schedule here:

* Please note that all presentations will be held in German

On top of these presentations, keep an eye on our social channels – especially Twitter – where we will publish impressions from the convention itself, as well as all news and info bits for anyone who can’t join us in Cologne.

After gamescom we’ll cover all news in detail in blogs here on The Settlers Alliance – so you won’t miss out on important bits.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to share your own The Settlers impressions and experiences from gamescom with us by tagging #TheSettlers

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you at gamescom!


[GC] The Settlers are at gamescom 2019

August is upon us and gamescom is approaching fast.

We are happy to announce that The Settlers will be present at this year’s gamescom with some exciting news and updates.

Join us in the UbiLounge for an exclusive look at the game and details to new mechanics and features. Of course, there will be time for questions and small-talk afterwards.

Anyone who cannot make it to gamescom this year: Do not worry. All info and videos will also be coming to The Settlers Alliance and our social channels. (Facebook & Twitter)

Stay tuned for more details and a detailed schedule of “where and when” next week!

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This was gamescom 2018 in Cologne

Every year, the gamescom in Cologne comes to an end and of course we have a lot to report.

The Creator of The Settlers Volker Wertich and Ubisoft Blue Byte Managing Director Benedikt Grindel took the stage on August 21 at about 11:30 am. In celebration of the 25 Anniversary, they announced the re-release of The Settlers 1 – 7. For all fans and lovers of the franchise, we have the History Collection – A bundle of all titles in one version. The Settlers 1 History Edition has already been released on Uplay, for all the other titles, you should mark the 15. November in your calendar.

However, that was not all! A new The Settlers was announced and presented to astonished guests for the first time.

Volker Wertich: “It was a very moving moment for me to announce the new great successor live at the gamescom press conference 25 years after the first release of The Settlers. The whole team has been working very hard over the last two years and you can see that everywhere in the loving details, the fantastic graphics and the well thought-out gaming systems.

At 12 pm, the doors opened at the Ubisoft Business Center and people could see a hands-off demo. The demo was presented and explained from different members of the team.

Of course, there was more. At the same time, we launched our website “The Settlers Alliance”. This is our way to share information, explain new features and communicate with you. We want to hear from you: What do you like and what do you really liked in previous parts. Your feedback and suggestions are very important to us. It is easy to say, that we want to give you the opportunity to look behind the curtain and learn more about the development of the game.

Volker Wertich: “The first feedback on our community website and all other platforms are overwhelmingly positive. I would like to sincerely thank all interested, current and future settler players at this point. I can assure you that we will follow your reactions and wishes very carefully and we will continue to do so. Your support gives us an additional boost of positive energy to develop a unique gaming experience.

For everyone who could not get an appointment at the business center, you could meet our team at the Ubisoft Lounge. Community Developer Dominique “Ubi-Barbalatu” Falkenberg talked about the History Edition and presented, as a world premiere, the new The Settlers. Players not only shared their experience from previous titles but also asked question about the new installment. As a special highlight, Volker Wertich even stopped by to get first hand feedback from fans, players and veterans.

The reactions of players and press was marked by positive surprise and great anticipation. We could not be happier about this. Of course, we will not rest on the laurels! The year is short and we have a lot ahead of us. We received countless comments and feedback. These must be read and answered and of course, we want to provide you with new information. New week, we will sit down with Volker to answer some of your most pressing questions.