Dawn of Discovery / ANNO 1404: Unlock Preorder Content

Want the preorder Silver Ship or Preorder Emblem but didn’t preorder the game?

  1. Extract preorder_hack.zip to your game directory. It should not overwrite any files.
  2. Set PreferLocalFiles in Engine.ini to 1. This file can be found on Vista/Win7 in C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Ubisoft\Anno1404\Config\Engine.ini. It’s probably something like C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Ubisoft\Anno1404\Config\Engine.ini on XP.
  3. Start any game, rename one of your ships to the The Silver Ship. If you are playing the game in a different locale than English, you will need to extract change_achievement_name.zip to your game directory as well.
  4. You should see at least one achievement unlock.
  5. Silver Ship and Preorder Emblem should now be enabled. Silver Ship toggle is in game options, Preorder Emblem is listed with all other unlocked emblems.
  6. Remove the extract file(s) after you’ve saved and exited the game.

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109 Responses to “Dawn of Discovery / ANNO 1404: Unlock Preorder Content”

  1. Marcell says:

    I have one suggestion; anyone who knows how to unlock the Pre-Order Silver Ship could put the lines here that he changed – that way anyone could modify an up-to-date profile.xml file.

  2. Aaron says:

    U can unlock the preorder coat of arms by copying the parameters in line in profile.xml from a unlocked profile to your current to get it.This resets the other emblems but refund gems to buy again.
    Not sure how to unlock ship.Does anyone know how to do it?
    It is in list but dont know how to add it to other profile without corrupting it.

  3. Aaron says:

    EmblemActivations line
    GainedAchievements list
    didn’t show up in previous text

  4. Ramon says:

    Hola soy de España muy buen aporte, a mi no me funciona y me gustaria que me dierasis una solucion a la version española Gracias

  5. Ramon says:

    Hello I’m from Spain? A very good contribution, I do not work and I wish that I dierasis a solution to the Spanish version? Wave Thanks

  6. Brumbek says:

    Hi everyone, I made an unofficial patch which fixes about 10,000 things in Anno 1404…no joke. It also includes the edits that Rick discovered to unlock the preorder content. And best of all, it doesn’t break achievements or unlocks! So if you want to avoid any editing to get this tweak to work with Venice version 2.1 (or the Gold game versions), download my patch.


    Lastly, thank you VERY much to Rick for pointing this technique out. For those who want to know what was edited, it was the addondata\config\game\properties.xml file. You can search for “122923”, “122926”, and “123015”. For each one, right after the ” lines, add:


    Or just use my unofficial patch. If you use a non-English version, you have to rename a Ship to exactly whatever the translation of “The Silver Ship” would be in your language. It must be exact!

  7. Connor says:

    Hello Folks,

    i just started playing anno a week ago. i tried to follow your steps but it seems it doen´t work for version 1.02.2619. it always says that game modding is detected and all achievments are disabled… what am i doing wrong ? thanks for your support !

  8. Breona says:

    PLEASE, do the same to get the Anno 2070 digital download special content into the Retail one 🙁