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The unofficial patch also requires version 2.1 of Anno 1404/DoD: Venice. Download the Steam manual patch file here.
Hi Anno friends,
I'm the current Admin of the Anno 1404 English Wiki, and after doing some extensive testing, I've found a method to modify the fully patched game and not break achievements. Hence, I've created an Unofficial Patch, a massive project to fix the remaining issues the game has.
The purpose of this patch is to provide a 100% proper English localization, for both the European version and the American version, while also fixing the remaining game, quest, and achievement bugs. The bug fixes will also work on all other language versions as well.
A summary of changes the Anno 1404: Venice Unofficial Patch makes to create a flawless English localization:
Over 21,000 lines of text reviewed to fix over 1,000 grammar issues, spelling mistakes, and typos.
Over 3,300 tooltips reviewed with hundreds of fixes and improvements to ensure accuracy and clarity.
Over 1,100 quest story texts present only in the German version have been translated and fully restored.
Localized over 300 words used in over 1,300 places to ensure 100% proper spellings for both the American and European English versions.
Added production chain ratios text to all relevant building tooltips; this is insanely helpful!
Added quest names to all dialogs offering quests so now you don’t have to accept to see the name.
Over 50 quest logic errors fixed – some cosmetic, some quest-breaking, and one game-crashing.
Fixed mismatched quest text and quest objectives for many extensive quests.
Fixed a few achievement bugs to finally allow all 316 achievements to be completed; five were impossible to complete for most players.
Changed achievement descriptions to actually match the requirements for a handful of achievements that had misleading descriptions.
Restored funny and witty achievement sentences for all achievement tooltips that were mistakenly removed.
Removed quest timer that adds 18 minutes to all quest queues effectively making it so you almost never get quests from some NPCs but lots from others.
All terminology standardized to remove ambiguity; a few terms renamed such as “Loan” is now “Grant”.
Renamed a few key buildings and goods to make more sense. For instance, “Animal Hides” don't come from Pigs, “Pigskins” do; the “Mill” should be called “Flour Mill”; “Eyeglasses” not “Glasses”, “Wheat Farm” not “Crop Farm”; and so on.
Implemented a consistent style guide regarding capitalization, names, and so on.
Added optional mods to make playing less tedious, such as infinite Norias and Resources, silencing annoying messages, and only having to find 1 wanted persons.
Countless other fixes and improvements – the major changes documented in the 16 page change list.