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Dawn of Discovery

Platform(s): Nintendo DS, PC, Wii
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Blue Byte / Keen
Release Date: June 23, 2009

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'Dawn of Discovery' (ALL) v1.1 Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Oct. 7, 2009 @ 10:22 a.m. PDT

Set in the Orient, Dawn of Discovery offers a richness of features never before seen, bringing the ANNO series to a new level. Exploring a strange and fascinating island world in the utmost East, players will get to know the culture and technology of the ancient Orient while learning the tricks of local trade, diplomacy and economy in order to build their own metropolis.

Get the Dawn of Discovery/Anno 1404 [PC] v1.1 Patch off WP (200mb)

ANNO 1404 – Patch Notes 1.1

 The most important changes:

  • A crash while saving a game could result in the online profile being lost. This error has been fixed.
  • The use of special characters within the Windows user name, profile name or savegame name caused several errors (eg invalid savegames or crashes). This error has been fixed.
  • Memory errors could lead to invalid savegames under specific hardware configurations. This error has been fixed.
  • Ships which have destroyed a target now wait at that spot for new orders rather than returning to their starting point.
  • The AI was unable to settle some islands. This error has been fixed.
  • A function was implemented allowing the items offered at all three ports to be changed. The player now has the opportunity have the Items on offer changed upon payment of a fee in gold.
  • Military influence areas and firing radii were visually improved to further simplify use of the military.
  • Norias no longer worked properly after buying the "Mystery of the nomads' achievement. This error has been fixed.
  • The "Scroll through Ships" and "Scroll through Warehouses" buttons were moved to a more prominent position above the minimap.
  • The achievements "We have no time to lose" and "The Emirate" have been adjusted. The Imperial Cathedral must now be built in 7 hrs and the Sultan's Mosque in 5 hrs (previously 8 hrs and 6 hrs). In return, the condition requiring the people's satisfaction level to be "adequately satisfied" or better was removed.

 General:

  • It was possible to delete savegames and screenshots in the "Gateway to the World" from within the game. This function is not planned. Effective immediately, savegames and screenshots can now only be deleted locally. If you want to delete savegames and / or screenshots online this must be done directly in the "Gateway to the World".
  • Old games from an online profile could be loaded even without successful login to the "Gateway to the World". This function is not planned. Savegames from an online profile can now only be loaded once login to "Gateway to the World" was successful.
  • In some cases, when creating an online profile identical ID's were given to different profiles. This could lead to a new online profile overwriting another one. This error has been fixed.
  • Some special circumstances occasionally resulted in performance downturns. Errors causing this problem have been fixed.
  • An error causing some interface elements to react to external input (eg, volume control on the keyboard, connecting a Logitech USB headset) has been fixed.
  • In rare cases the "Fog of War" was not displayed correctly after saving / loading a game. This error has been fixed.
  • In some menus the confirmation button was within the text box. This error has been fixed.
  • The info bar for quests / messages has been shifted slightly upwards, so that more orders can be displayed when the bar is expanded.
  • Some interface elements were still visible in Pause mode. This error has been fixed.
  • There were rare cases of ships sailing through islands. This error has been fixed.
  • Pigs and cows are now shown the right size on the farthest zoom level.
  • Some messages were not properly / fully communicated. This error has been fixed.
  • There were various minor bug fixes. (Incorrectly positioned cooldown displays, tool tips, typos, incompletely displayed text, etc.)
  • It is no longer possible to use online profiles or create new ones with modified versions [MODs] of the game.
  • Some interface graphics (confirmation buttons and sliders) were replaced.
  • The current status of a ship is now also displayed in a tool tip in the ship selection drop-down menu in the strategy map.

 Continuous play/Scenarios:

  • In some cases, quest rewards were not properly transferred to the players. This error has been fixed.
  • The Carpenter was still able to repair buildings during battle. This was not planned. Buildings currently involved in combat you can no longer be repaired.
  • Assignments requiring the player to pay gold can now only be accepted if the player's balance allows it.
  • In rare cases, a few menu items (for example, the menu of a production building) were not displayed correctly. This error has been fixed.
  • In rare cases, there was a significant delay before the caravel was given to the player after the delivery of the first gift for Al Zahir. This error has been fixed.
  • The player could still purchase ships from Hassan ben Sahid even after their ship limit had been reached. This was not planned and has been fixed.
  • In rare cases, the Trebuchet also took damage when bombarding a building. This error has been fixed.
  • In rare cases, some Market buildings did not send out Market carts to pickup goods. This error has been fixed.
  • The effectiveness of ranged combat units (especially against military buildings) has been slightly increased.
  • The effectiveness of naval bombardment against land units has been slightly reduced.
  • The Emperor's Quest "Nurturing the Alliance" has been simplified. Instead of 75 contracts only 40 contracts must now be completed.
  • The base chance of a ship on an expedition being successful has been reduced.
  • In some cases where several ships were ordered in one shipyard, the ship limit points spent on them were not refunded if the shipyard was destroyed before the ships were completed. This error has been fixed.
  • In rare cases, transport ships were unable to build castles. This error has been fixed.
  • The maintenance costs for Military buildings and Castles are now correctly booked correctly under "Military" instead of under "Buildings".
  • The effect of the attainment "Binding handshake" at level 3 has been corrected. Before it had the same effect as at level 1.
  • In rare cases, ships that were part of an assignment appeared inside an island. This error has been fixed.
  • The Corsairs no longer sink ships required for quests.
  • Items which the reduce building / vessel maintenance costs no longer reduce those costs to a negative level.

Artificial Intelligence

  • In some cases the AI was able to build within the player's influence area. This error has been fixed.
  • In rare cases the AI was able to demolish roads within foreign influence areas. This error has been fixed.
  • The use of a trade route allowed more goods to be bought from AI players than they had put up for sale. This error has been fixed.
  • In some cases AI transport ships just stood still when attacked. This error has been fixed.
  • Ship AI has been improved. AI ships (especially in larger ship formations) now behave more intelligently when under fire.
  • Military AI target selection has been improved.
  • In rare cases the AI was able to withdraw its units even though they were in combat. This error has been fixed.
  • In some cases the proceeds from the sale of "favorite articles" to the AI players were not calculated correctly. The AI players now pay the corresponding (higher) price.
  • The AI can no longer build a castle when the corresponding transport ship is in combat.
  • The AI no longer puts "0 t" of an Item up for sale.
  • The AI now builds its walls more efficiently, making it more difficult to capture an enemy AI settlement.
  • The AI now also builds Carpenters at Patrician level (and higher). This improves the AI's cityscape, especially at higher levels of civilization.
  • In rare cases active trading did not function properly at AI Harbors. This error has been fixed.

Campaign:

  • In rare cases the game crashed when loading mission 6 or 8. This error has been fixed.
  • In rare cases, the game crashed at the end of mission 8. This error has been fixed.
  • Under some special circumstances, no gift was given to the player in Mission 4. This error has been fixed.
  • In rare cases, players were unable to obtain the Black Pearl in Mission 7. This error has been fixed.
  • In some cases the attack in the side quest "Preservation  of knowledge" in Mission 5 did not start correctly. This error has been fixed.
  • The quest "Glassworks" in Mission 5 was not completed if all the necessary manufactories were built before the start of the quest. This error has been fixed.

 Achievements/Medals:

  • In some cases the achievement "Man the battlements!" was awarded under false premises. This error has been fixed.
  • In some cases the achievement "The road map in your head" was awarded under false premises. This error has been fixed.
  • The achievement "Turn the hose on!" did not always unlock properly. This error has been fixed.
  • In some cases the medal "Order  of the Treasurer" was awarded under false premises. This error has been fixed.
  • The requirement for the achievement "Who is this Robin?!" has been lowered. Now only 50 Bandit camps are needed.
  • The requirement for the achievement "Eureka!" has been lowered. Now only 75 attainments are required.
  • The counters in the tool tips for some successes have been corrected and now show the actual values required.

Dawn of Discovery takes place in the year 1404, when King George's land is suffering from severe droughts and brutal famine. Aware of his people's distress, the king calls on his two sons, William and Edward, to acquire new territories in order to produce enough goods to satisfy the needs of his empire's inhabitants. Whereas Edward suggests aggressive means to collect the precious resources, his brother William offers a peaceful solution, proposing to explore new and unsettled lands in the south of the kingdom. With his Father's blessing, William heads south to the mysterious Orient and returns with valuable new technologies such as the water pump that allows dry lands to be cultivated in order to produce enough food for the people. But there are still many unmet needs within the king's empire, and players are tasked with the mission of fulfilling those needs while both expanding and sustaining the vast society.

Game features include:

  • Build and sustain your own expansive empire
    • Explore the beautifully detailed world and discover new places to create your civilization
    • Set up trade posts in the spice mines of the Orient and explore new trade routes to keep your nation growing
    • Learn from other nearby cultures to expand your horizons and master the challenges of establishing a prosperous society
  • Developed specifically for Wii, DS and PC audiences
    • Unique art style and clever integration of the Wii Remote and DS stylus makes building your empire more fun and interactive than ever before
    • All new scalable 3-D engine ensures unmatched visuals, optimized for all PC's – from high-end to low-end desktops
    • Seamless user interface delivers multiple gameplay modes and faster player rewards for both long or short play sessions
  • Exclusive multiplayer modes across platforms
    • Build your civilization and make history along with a friend in the 2-player co-op mode for Wii
    • Integration with Ubi.com allows PC players to track achievements, climb leaderboards and challenge others online
  • Accessible for everyone from beginners to pros
    • Intelligent help system offers contextual hints for any situation
    • In-game encyclopedia includes illustrated tutorial filled with tips and strategies for building your civilization

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