Citizens of the world, get ready! Kalypso Media have now announced new details and a window of release for their sequel to the critically praised Tropico series, Tropico 4. Tropico 4 will have players return in the role of El Presidente, tyrannical (or benevolent) dictator of the island paradise of Tropico. A whole new challenge has arisen over the island and it is now up to the player to build an empire and gather support from your growing population. This new entry in the series promises to add in even more missions, maps, buildings, enhancements to the political and economic systems to enhance the dictating experience.
Even more political decision making will be present with Tropico 4, including new superpowers to negotiate with and the ability to elect prime ministers to persuade the public into having your policies passed. Mother nature will also be present yet again as well, serving to dish out some crazy situations that will be sure to test even the toughest leaders with disasters in which your decisions will be completely crucial to the survival of your land.
Other features include:
- New campaign – Face 20 new challenging missions across 10 entirely new maps
- Build Your Vision of Island Perfection – Not only are the graphics enhanced, but 20 new buildings including the stock exchange, shopping mall, aqua park and a mausoleum for El Presidente allow you to craft your perfect balance of beauty and economic efficiency
- State of Emergency – Six new interactive disasters including volcanoes, droughts and tornadoes prove that Mother Nature can be a tougher adversaries than opponents bent on your political ouster
- Council of Ministers – Appoint selected citizens to ministerial posts to help push through and enact your more controversial decisions and edicts
- National Agenda – Receive objectives from Tropican factions, foreign geopolitical powers or opportunities relating to current island events that can further or hamper your dictatorial ambitions
- Facebook and Twitter integration – Post live Tweets directly from the game or create posts automatically upon completion of missions, unlocking achievements, etc. Store and display achievements and screenshots of your ultimate island empire on facebook and compare your Dictator Rankings against others online (Windows PC only feature)
I am a big fan of the Tropico series so I can say this new title is definitely on my watch list. The only thing I am a bit concerned about was the glitch that took place in Tropico 3, making it impossible to load saved data from a map with a large population on the Xbox 360 version. This was addressed by Kalypso , but has still yet to receive a patch so hopefully this problem is not present in Tropico 4. For more information about Tropico 4 which releases in the second quarter of 2011, you can check out www.kalypsomedia.com.