Kalypso have today ventured forth to declare that Tropico 5, the fifth game in the series, in case you were wondering, will be arriving on Windows PC, Xbox 360, Linux and Mac sometime in 2014.
The major new additions for this iteration is co-operative and competitive multiplayer, which allows you and up to three other people to work with or against each while building cities on the same map.
Apart from that you can expect to see all the usual refinements to the core gameplay concepts.
Here’s what Kalypso states you can expect:
• The Eras – Start your reign during colonial times, survive the World Wars and the Great Depression, be a dictator during the Cold War, and advance your country to modern times and beyond. From the 19th century to the 21st, each era carries its own challenges and opportunities.
• The Dynasty – Each member of El Presidente’s extended family is present on the island and may be appointed as a ruler, a manager, an ambassador or a general. Dynasty members gain skills and experience based on their individual assignments.
• Research and Renovate – Advance your nation by discovering new buildings, technologies and resources. Renovate your old buildings to more efficient modern buildings.
• Advanced trade system and trade fleet – Amass a global trade fleet and use your ships to secure trade routes to neighboring islands or world superpowers, both for export and import.
• Explore your island – Discover what lies beyond the fog of war. Send prospectors to look for new deposits, but be wary of hostile animals and native tribes.
• All new art – All artwork has been re-designed from scratch to provide Tropico 5 with a unique visual identity. Choose from over 100 buildings from each of the individual eras.
• Cooperative and competitive multiplayer — Up to 4 players can build up their own cities and economies on any given island map. Players can choose to share resources, supplies and population or declare
Tropico 4 was a stellar title that I thoroughly recommend to strategy enthusiasts looking for something a little more relaxing than your standard RTS game. You play as El Presidente and take control of an island, whereupon and it’s up to you to build it up into a booming location, be that through tourism, oil, weapon manufacturing or whatever you like.