Blue Byte

Studio Mainz

The Mainz studio was founded 1995 as Related Designs. The company slogan “step by step into the future…” mirrors our development and experience over the last few years. We have permanently established ourselves in the German development market with games such as “America” or the real time strategy games “No Man´s Land” and “Castle Strike”.

In 2006 “ANNO 1701” was developed, the third part of the bestselling “ANNO” series (more than 6 million copies sold worldwide) which followed the “ANNO” brand’s history of success with even more rave reviews. In October 2007 came “The Curse of the Dragon” the official add-on for the main game “ANNO 1701″. In order to delight our ever-growing “ANNO” fan base in December 2008 the “Gold Edition” was published, a special version of “ANNO 1701″, consisting of the main game and the add-on “The Curse of the Dragon”.

For Ubisoft Blue Byte we developed medieval and oriental impressions for brave explorers and adventurers. In June 2009 the fourth part of the popular ANNO world “ANNO 1404″ was launched. In the fascinating world of ANNO™ the player will dive into a unique building strategy game, where he sets sail in a beautiful island world to master trade, diplomacy and of course the economy of his own monumental cities. In February 2010 the add-on “ANNO 1404: Venice” has brought fresh air into the ” ANNO “sails. The Venetian harbor island, new achievements, buildings, Venetian base of operations and a multiplayer mode with up to 8 players. The Gold Edition of “ANNO 1404″ containing the main game and the add-on “Anno 1404: Venice” was released in November 2010.

“ANNO 2070 & Add-On Deep Ocean”: In 2070 our world has changed. The seas’ rising level has harmed the coastal cities and climate change has made large stretches of land inhospitable. The latest in the award-winning strategy series, ANNO 2070 offers a new world full of challenges, where you will need to master resources, diplomacy and trade in the most comprehensive economic management system seen yet in the Anno series. Build your society of the future, colonize islands and create sprawling megacities with multitudes of buildings, vehicles and resources to manage. Engineer new production chains such as Robot Factories, Oil Refineries and Diamond Mines and trade with a variety of goods and commodities.

Another project our team is working is Might & Magic Heroes Online. As a browser-based PC game it is a unique blend of strategy and roleplaying elements. Might & Magic Heroes Online is fascinating players and let them explore the huge and phenomenal world of Ashan with all its fantastic stories, mysteries, unique creatures and challenging assignments.

In April 2013 Related Designs was fully acquired by Ubisoft. This move validates the longstanding partnership and provides to our teams additional resources to expand upon their great work. One year later Related Designs is renamed in Blue Byte – studio Mainz.
The studio will keep focusing on games that stand out in the fiercely competitive international market and will draw the strengths which have crystallized in recent years: experience, creativity, learning, risk reduction and a professional, well-coordinated team. “Step by step into the future…”


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Might and Magic Heroes Online Turn based Online-RPG 2014
ANNO 2070 Complete Edition Strategy 2013
ANNO 2070 Deep Ocean Strategy 2012
ANNO 2070 Strategy 2011
ANNO 1404 Gold Edition Strategy 2010
ANNO 1404 Venice Strategy 2010
ANNO 1404 Strategy 2009
ANNO 1701 Gold Edition Strategy 2008
ANNO 1701 The Sunken Dragon Strategy 2007
ANNO 1701 Strategy 2006
Castle Strike Real-Time-Strategy 2004
No Man’s Land Real-Time-Strategy 2003
America Add-On Real-Time-Strategy 2001
America Real-Time-Strategy 2000



Blue Byte GmbH
Studio Mainz
Römerpassage 1
D – 55116 Mainz

Tel.: +49 (0) 6131 55447 – 0
Fax: +49 (0) 6131 55447 – 29