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Tropico 5 Announced

Kalypso Media announces Tropico 5, a new installment in the island dictator series, where players will once again take on the role of benevolent dictator El Presidente. The sequel is in development at Haemimont Games for release for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Xbox 360 next year, and the new twist here will be the inclusion of multiplayer support for the first time in the series, as up to four players will be able to play it together cooperatively. The Tropico 5 website is already live, offering a teaser trailer in newsreel style showing El Presidente gloating about the success of his floating city of Columbia island nation of Tropico. Here's word:

Packed with a whole host of new gameplay features and all new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new and exciting direction – dynasties!

You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power: such as ambassador, commanding general or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras. As your influence and wealth grows, so do the threats to your burgeoning island superpower. Can you survive both World Wars, prosper through the Great Depression, rule as an iron-fisted dictator through the Cold War and advance your country to modern times and beyond? From the 19th to the 21st century, each era carries its own challenges and opportunities.

As well as a wealth of other new features, including advanced trading mechanics, technology, scientific research trees and island exploration, Tropico 5 will add cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players for the first time in the series' history! Viva El Presidente!

Features of Tropico 5

  • The Eras - From the 19th century to the 21st, each era carries its own challenges and opportunities. Begin your reign during colonial times and advance your nation through the modern era and into the future!
  • The Dynasty – Each member of El Presidente’s extended family is present on the island and may be appointed to key leadership positions, earning skills and experience in their assigned roles.
  • Research and Renovate - Advance your nation by discovering new buildings, technologies and resources. Transform your old buildings into modernized, hyper-efficient designs worthy of an economic superpower!
  • Advanced trade system and trade fleet - Amass a global trade fleet and use your ships to secure import/export trade routes to neighbouring islands and key nations.
  • Explore your island - Discover what lies beyond the fog of war. Send prospectors to look for new mineral and ore deposits, but be wary of hostile animals and native tribes.
  • All new art - All artwork is reworked to provide Tropico 5 with a distinct historic visual identity. Choose from over 100 unique buildings from each of the individual eras.
  • Cooperative and competitive multiplayer – Up to four players can build up their own cities and economies on any given island map. Players can share resources and citizens, or declare war on each other.

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21. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 16, 2013, 10:42 Zaister
 
Interesting set of borders on that globe beach ball.  
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20. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 18:15 eRe4s3r
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 15:08:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 13:59:
Tropico's education system is one thing I never enjoyed in these games. It's so.. micro management heavy and not paying attention can easily ruin your running city.
That was one of the things I enjoyed the most, mostly because a lot of 'sim' style games either do it badly, or not at all.

True.. Tropico 4 does it pretty realistically, which is a not a good thing for me for the sole reason that education in T4 is a trailing effect. Meaning your forgotten restriction or liberalization of education early on can ruin you later on without as much as a single warning. You'll only notice it when you have no uneducated *hint* workers left.

The funny thing is that this is exactly the kind of problem a dictatorship like in Tropico 4 would have to constantly be aware off. Highly educated students make for terrible low cost laborers. Better to only offer this education to the elites.

This is one of these thing where Tropico 4 is extremely smart in what it does. It literally requires you to run a proper dictatorship. If you muddle it with "education for everyone" you'll be losing a lot There are theories around that the true danger to (religious and political) dictatorship is widespread education.

And don't get me wrong. I like that Tropico 4 is *smart* like that. What I don't like is that this should be way better visualized and we should have more education control.
 
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19. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 15:08 Mashiki Amiketo
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 13:59:
Tropico's education system is one thing I never enjoyed in these games. It's so.. micro management heavy and not paying attention can easily ruin your running city.
That was one of the things I enjoyed the most, mostly because a lot of 'sim' style games either do it badly, or not at all.
 
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18. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 13:59 eRe4s3r
 
Creston wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 11:36:
I quite enjoy Tropico 4, though it does have some really weird-ass quirks. (Such as: Why is nobody going to my high school? It's opposite the road from the elementary school, which has kids hanging from the rooftops it's so full, but nobody goes to my high school. Plenty of teachers, in the middle of town, etc. I have students in my universities. Never get anyone in high school.)

But after playing about five or so missions, and just building massive cities with everything and anything in each one, I'm kind of done with it.

The education system in Tropico 4 is glitched in more ways than just that (or maybe it's a feature). You can literally educate yourself out of a workforce if you don't massively restrict the education buildings. The other direction is that you can dead-end your population education as well where people are all in jobs and nobody has time to go to Highschool.

Tropico's education system is one thing I never enjoyed in these games. It's so.. micro management heavy and not paying attention can easily ruin your running city.
 
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17. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 13:38 Quboid
 
LittleMe wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 12:20:
I'm disappointed that there's no mention of zombies in this highly anticipated sequel. Okay some Tropicans walk around like zombies but that's different.


Don't worry, "Can you survive both World Wars?" - it's not yet another zombie game, it's yet another WW2 game, for that mid 00's nostalgia feel.
 
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16. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 12:59 Sacrifice
 
LittleMe wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 12:20:
I'm disappointed that there's no mention of zombies in this highly anticipated sequel. Okay some Tropicans walk around like zombies but that's different.


I know this is a jab at the seemingly endless release of zombie games, but a zombie disaster on one map could be fun (instead of rebels). Zombies partially come out of Haiti folklore after all.
 
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15. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 12:25 Will W
 
LittleMe wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 12:20:
I'm disappointed that there's no mention of zombies in this highly anticipated sequel. Okay some Tropicans walk around like zombies but that's different.


They're saving that for the first DLC, can't show all of your cards at once. :-)
 
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14. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 12:20 LittleMe
 
I'm disappointed that there's no mention of zombies in this highly anticipated sequel. Okay some Tropicans walk around like zombies but that's different.

 
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13. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 11:50 Sacrifice
 
I like the Tropico series.

However, my major complaint for Tropico 4 was how it forced you to complete mini-missions before revealing the main mission. It was more scenario based and it sort of forced you to play a certain way. I preferred the sandbox style of Tropico 3: One main objective that you can complete in your own way.

I am worried that Tropico 5 is pushing that further: one long scenario.

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12. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 11:46 Parias
 
Holy crap, co-op play? I'll definitely give this a spin.  
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11. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 11:36 Creston
 
I quite enjoy Tropico 4, though it does have some really weird-ass quirks. (Such as: Why is nobody going to my high school? It's opposite the road from the elementary school, which has kids hanging from the rooftops it's so full, but nobody goes to my high school. Plenty of teachers, in the middle of town, etc. I have students in my universities. Never get anyone in high school.)

But after playing about five or so missions, and just building massive cities with everything and anything in each one, I'm kind of done with it.
 
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10. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 11:34 NegaDeath
 
If the content is meatier than the jump to 4, and if they reverse the weird graphics downgrade from 3 to 4 I'll take a look.  
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9. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 10:47 commonperson
 
I just love the video is a Great Dictator Chaplin shout out. Freaking genius.  
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8. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 10:35 Armengar
 
4 was better than 3 if only for the traffic improvements. Modern times was OP though. 5 looks excellent and an easy purchase (after first reviews to see if it is a buggy mess, I still remember getting burnt by the first one....)  
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7. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 10:23 Verno
 
MattyC wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 09:47:
Sounds like this offers more than 4. 4 really looked like an extremely minor set of changes from 3.

Yeah, Tropico 4 was a bit more refined than 3 but overall was pretty disappointing in that it felt like a big patch or mini expansion rather than a new game. I still had fun with 4 but this seems more like what I was looking for.
 
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6. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 10:14 theyarecomingforyou
 
MattyC wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 09:47:
Sounds like this offers more than 4. 4 really looked like an extremely minor set of changes from 3.
The changes weren't radical but were substantial enough to warrant a sequel. In fact I found myself playing Tropico 4 a lot more than the previous version - it was much better rounded.

I'm looking forward to Tropico 5. I've always been a fan of God-games and refuse to buy Sim City because of EA's anti-consumer policies, so there isn't really a huge amount in the way of competition. This is definitely a developer worth supporting.
 
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5. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 10:05 Narf2029
 
Wonder how well cooperative play will go. My wife loves Tropico and she'd probably die if we could play it together, IF it was well implemented.  
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4. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 09:54  Blue 
 
Verno wrote on Aug 15, 2013, 09:45:
I think you embedded that on the home page accidentally too, just a heads up.

Woops, sorry.
 
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3. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 09:49 nin
 
4 really looked like an extremely minor set of changes from 3.

That's always been my gripe with the Tropico series. Always felt more like a refresh than anything...

 
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2. Re: Tropico 5 Announced Aug 15, 2013, 09:47 MattyC
 
Sounds like this offers more than 4. 4 really looked like an extremely minor set of changes from 3.  
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