Tropico 5 Announced - El Presidente Finally Commands Multiplayer!

El Presidente is back, baby!

Have a taste for being called 'El Presidente'? Hold on to your butts, because Tropico 5 is on the way to put you in El Presidente's shoes once again to build up cities and oppress care for your people.

Fans of the series can mostly agree that while Tropico 4 was a good game, the fact that it was identical to the third game in the series in all but campaign missions and some unique features was a bit disappointing. People got more El Presidente, but no flair to go with those new missions.

Developer Kalypso Media is promising something new with the fifth entry to the Tropico series. El Presidente will now have to take care of the island of Tropico through all of its ups and downs, dealing with world crises from the 19th to the 21st century. Sound good? I thought so!

From the list of Tropico 5's features, it seems Kalypso is taking more of a traditional city-building approach as opposed to the island-hopping seen in the previous games. El Presidente will have children and die, passing along the title of El Presidente to the next generation of dictator. The game will also bring research to the series, a much-welcome addition to the series.

Perhaps the most exciting announced feature so far is the addition of multiplayer, something sorely lacking from the previous games and more than welcome in today's multiplayer-driven market. Players will be able to build individual cities on a single island, compete for or share resources, and declare war on one another.

Will Kalypso be able to retain the charm of the other games in this transition to a new city-building format? We'll just have to see, but here's to hoping Tropico 5 will have just as good of a campaign mode as the other games in the series.

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Published Aug. 25th 2017
  • Clay
    Featured Contributor
    Putting the features out here since that's the juicy part =) I'm very excited to see it all play out, the franchise has been one of the few in gaming that has survived and improved over time. I still nerd out over Tropico 4!

    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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