Widelands is a free, open source real-time strategy game with singleplayer campaigns and a multiplayer mode. The game was inspired by Settlers II™ (© Bluebyte) but has significantly more variety and depth to it.
You want a true new settlers? Play Widelands: https://www.widelands.org/ The art style might take a bit getting used to (because it is kinda ... all over there) but the gameplay itself is convincing. Also it is completely free. You can donate though and every single cent of that is a better investment than to buy that new Settlers from Ubisoft.
Which Settlers should a new player get?
1 project | reddit.com/r/Settlers | 14 Apr 2022
Easy, low effort management or strategy games
1 project | reddit.com/r/gamingsuggestions | 1 Mar 2022
Which Settlers game would you guys recommend?
1 project | reddit.com/r/BaseBuildingGames | 21 Jan 2022
12 year old me is sooooo excited right now!
1 project | reddit.com/r/gaming | 18 Jan 2022
Can someone explain The Settler's games for me?
1 project | reddit.com/r/RealTimeStrategy | 14 Jan 2022