Anno 1800 Console Edition launches on Xbox Series X|S in a couple of weeks, and to mark the occasion, Ubisoft will make the game free-to-play during its launch week, with all progression carrying over. [updated] Update: Anno 1800 Console Edition launches on Xbox Series X|S today, and all players can play the game for free until March 23rd. We've been unable to confirm if the Anno 1800 achievements are unlocking or not for players using the trial, so be aware that you could end up with it on your tag when trying your hand at this deep strategy-building game. Original story: A fan of free things? It might be worth taking a break from some of the best free Xbox games when Anno 1800 Console Edition launches on Xbox Series X|S because Ubisoft will be making it free to play for a limited time. Between March 16th and March 23rd, players on all platforms can hop into the full experience without stumping up a penny. Anno 1800 goes free-to-play for a limited time https://youtu.be/WBU_iCDxjIc Ubisoft might have stumbled onto a pretty good marketing ploy here, which is probably a decent metaphor for the deeply strategic gameplay found in Anno 1800. In line with its launch on Xbox Series X|S, the series enjoys its 25th anniversary this year, so it's a bit of a celebration for Ubisoft Mainz. Anno 1800 is a strategic city-builder in which you become the leader of a growing civilisation, charged with building a functioning metropolis, ensuring its citizens have good trade networks and security. You'll colonise an exotic continent and send expeditions to new lands, but you're not alone — you'll face diplomatic, economic, and military challenges. You'll have a chance to try it for yourself when Anno 1800 drops on Xbox Series X|S on March 16th. Will you be leading your people to greatness during the free week? Drop down below and let us know!