Posted by Claire Phillips on Aug 17, 2012

Might and Magic and Anno Announced as Free to Play

Whilst full retail titles like Assassin’s Creed III and it’s Vita counterpart Liberation attract most of the attention for Ubisoft these days, the developer/publisher has just announced at Gamescom that they will be bringing three free to play online games to the world in the coming year.

The games will cover two franchises, city builder Anno (most recently seen in the future set Anno 2070) and fantasy series Might and Magic Heroes.

Anno Online will be released in autumn (Northern Hemisphere that is), and is being developed by the same team that were behind the main game. Set in medieval times, players will be able to enjoy the usual Anno gameplay in a browser based experience that will see a multiplayer mode of sorts present in the series for the first time. Players will be able to join together to create powerful empires and work towards common goals – make sure and check out the sneak peek above.

Might and Magic has two freebies on the horizon, with Might and Magic Heroes Online due in summer this year, and Might and Magic Raiders currently scheduled for a 2013 release. Online is an MMORPG that keeps to the gameplay style of the earlier Might and Magic PC titles, allowing players to work together for some epic co-op battles.

Raiders is a little further away on the horizon, but will bring more of an action RPG experience with a story starting just before the events of Heroes of Might and Magic VI. Players will pick from one of four classes and play as one of the Raiders of Ashan, defending Hammerfall in 20 minute bursts of co-op action.

What do you think of Ubisoft’s plans to bring these franchises to free to play? Let us know in the comments section below.

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