Armchair dictators rejoice, because the next Tropico sequel has been announced for PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Linux. Tropico 5 is slated to release next year with a slew of new features and totally rebuilt artwork, set during the strife of early colonial times and the three hundred years thereafter.
Tropico 5 promises to be bigger in scope than any previous iteration, taking players through centuries of colonialism and struggle to keep pace with the modernising world. Presidents (Presidentes?) will lead their country through tyranny, a little benevolence and some playful mischief between the 19th and 21st centuries, creating a dynasty through pure nepotism. Close family members can be promoted into leadership and advisory roles, allowing us to keep it in the family.
We'll learn more about Tropico 5 over the coming months, probably starting next week at Gamescom, but here's a feature list to get you in the mood:
- 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.