Game-play trailer for Anno 2070 wants you to feel guilty for destroying the environment

In the world of 2070, you face a stark choice: pursue sustainable, environmentally friendly development, or be a total industrialiast asswipe who deserves to be shot. At least, that's what we gleaned from Anno 2070's sledgehammer-subtle new gameplay trailer.

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Basically, you face a choice between sustainability or "mass consumption," with the latter leading to a gray desolate landscape. We haven't encountered a guilt-trip this ferocious in years, and it's already got us rushing to separate our recycling.

As our sister site Kotaku explained last week, Ubisoft's strategy series previously focused on European colonization in 1404 and 1701, but now it's suddenly leaping forward to the year 2070. As Kotaku put it, "It's a serious move away from European and colonial history - surely one of the key appeals of the series - and towards sci-fi city management." Among other things, your challenges include rising sea levels and changing landscapes, making farming more difficult. But this new trailer makes the game feel a bit like An Inconvenient Truth: The Video Game. Will anybody go for it?

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This is not a trolling comment...I hope.

But as a lifelong environment and sustainability advocate, this game makes me a little sick to my stomach. There is no game here. You either choose the "correct" path or see the fruits of your evil ways. It's not a game, its propaganda.

I'd prefer (and maybe the game actually provides) a balance showing the difficulties in developing sustainable energy and manufacturing technologies without reducing the population you currently have. Or maybe the came talks about culling - I don't know (joke).

But after living through the California brown outs of the 1990s and looking at the power shortages California is just about to endure again, the challenges of providing even minimally necessary power - even allowing for maximum conservation - cannot be understated.

My point is, players would be better served - and maybe more entertained - if disappointing development curves, population surges, and troubles meeting municipal demands were a factor.

And maybe they will. This is a trailer and no one ever accused a game trailer of being accurate.

I just want a good fight and a just cause served by an honest appraisal of the tough road ahead. And this game (trailer) isn't it. Yes it encourages "correct" thought about a "green" future but making something seem easier than it really is is a certain way to breed disillusionment and cynicism when things don't go as well as they did in the sim.

Not to mention that nobody wants a sim game with a single "correct" path. As a gamer, what's the point?

Please see this comment not as an assault on things "green" and sustainable but rather a push-back from propaganda - especially when it is in support of a cause I believe in.