City-building strategy game Anno Online enters open beta today

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"Rome wasn't built in a day," some might sniff, but guess what? Nobody cares about Rome. I'm totally going to build PCGamerLand in a day. Maybe even before dinnertime. That's something that's very possible to do, now that Anno Online's entered its English-language open beta.

The free-to-play strategy game combines the elements of population-building and resource-management found in the long-running Anno series, this time taking them to internet browsers; in our preview we felt that "Anno could well build a bridge between less and more demanding players." In other words: don't diss this for being a browser game just yet.

If you played during the closed beta, don't worry about your account getting wiped—you'll get to keep everything, and you'll even receive a decorative statue as a gift on top of that. Continue playing during the open beta's first week, and you'll also receive a premium ship that's faster than the run-of-the-mill seafaring vessels available.

Everybody can sign up for beta participation now at the Anno Online registration page. If you need me, I'll be building shacks and rearing happy piglets in the beginnings of PCGamerLand.