Tropico 5

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Tropico 5 PS4 release date announced

Tropico 5 PS4 release date announced

This is when the Dictator ships.

Strategy game Tropico 5 launches on PlayStation 4 on 24th April, publisher Kalypso has announced.

There's a Limited Edition of the island paradise city-builder, briefly detailed in the video, below. It includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox map, plus an official Tropican passport and postcard.

Tropico 5 is the first game in Haemimont's strategy series to appear on a PlayStation console, and the PS4 version follows the release of the PC and Xbox 360 versions in 2014.

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Tropico 5 PS4 gameplay footage

Tropico 5 PS4 gameplay footage

Despot the difference.

Kalypso has released footage of the PlayStation 4 version of island paradise city-builder Tropico 5.

The PS4 version is due out later this year, producer Timo Thomas said in a post on the PlayStation blog.

Tropico 5 is the first game in Haemimont's popular strategy series to appear on a PlayStation console, and the PS4 version follows the release of the PC and Xbox 360 versions in 2014.

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Tropico Dictator Pack compilation announced

Appropriately-named publisher Kalypso has announced a PC compilation of the first four Tropico management sim games, coming to the UK on 12 September. In each one, you play as the despotic leader of a corrupt tropical island nation, and must balance political unrest with your own bank balance. Apart from the second one, where you were a pirate for some reason.

The Tropico Dictator Pack also includes one of each game's expansion packs. That means you get Tropico plus the Paradise Island add-on, Tropico 2 with Pirate Cove, Tropico 3 comes with the Absolute Power DLC and Tropico 4 boasts the Modern Times expansion.

Tropico 5 was released earlier this year. Eurogamer's review delivered a 7/10 verdict. "Tropico 5 is clearly more concerned with introducing new concepts atop the old than it is with overhauling its base mechanics," said Stace Harman, probably while chewing a cigar and wearing mirrored sunglasses. "Looking ahead to the future, this long-running series would benefit from having the fires of revolution lit beneath it."

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Thailand military junta bans Tropico 5

UPDATE: Region's distributor won't appeal this decision. Kalypso responds.

UPDATE 4/08/2014 6.18pm: Tropico 5 publisher Kalypso Media has confirmed that the game's Thailand distributor, New Era, has decided not to appeal the local government's decision to ban it from the country.

Tropico 5 review

Tropico 5 review

Despot the difference?

The Tropico series has long endeavoured to inject a dose of humour, a splash of colour and a foot-tapping calypso beat into a genre that can sometimes appear stuffy and staid. As such, this fifth instalment's cheeky sideswipes at egomaniacal dictators still raise a smile and its familiar sun-drenched Caribbean setting remains enticing to those looking to juggle city-building and politicking.

Responding to criticism that Tropico 4 was too similar to its predecessor, Haemimont Games and Kalypso Media have broadened the Tropico formula through the introduction of a long-overdue multiplayer mode and by tying certain milestones and challenges to advancement through four distinct eras. But while a number of the associated additions enhance the feeling of progression, others require a degree of trial and error that, combined with some of the series' inherent limitations, may frustrate even the most laidback of crackpot despots.

At its heart, Tropico 5 stays true to its roots, as you take an idyllic island hideaway and - through canny trades, shady deals and progressive modernisation - turn it into a major player on the world stage. A fittingly offbeat story that takes in conspiracy, betrayal, nuclear escalation and flux capacitors starts with the planting of a few humble banana trees and the rearing of some cattle. This cultivation of raw materials is key to everything that takes place in Tropico 5, as base resources are exported to improve cash flow and curry favour with the powers that be and, later, used in the creation of more complex and valuable trade goods.

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Tropico 5 PC release date announced

Tropico 5 PC release date announced

"Extensive" Steam OS version to launch alongside Steam Machines.

The PC version of city-building game Tropico 5 launches globally on 23rd May, publisher Kalypso has announced.

The Mac and Xbox 360 versions are due out at some point in the summer. The PlayStation 4 version is out in the autumn.

Kalypso said it was also working on an "extensive" Steam OS Linux-based version which will release alongside Steam Machines.

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Tropico 5 beta test confirmed for PC

Tropico 5 beta test confirmed for PC

El Presidente wants you to sign up now.

The PC version of Tropico 5 will be able to play in closed beta next month, publisher Kalypso Media has announced.

You can sign up to try the dictatorial strategy sandbox now via Kalypso's site.

The beta will begin sometime in March, before a full roll-out of the game sometime later in "Q2 2014" on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360.

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Tropico 5 announced for PlayStation 4

Tropico 5 announced for PlayStation 4

Kalypso sets a next-gen Presidente.

Dictate-'em-up Tropico 5 has been confirmed for PlayStation 4! It will be the first game in the series to appear on Sony hardware ever ever ever.

Tropico 5 had already been announced for PC, Mac and Xbox 360, although there's no word on Xbox One - nor a release date past 2014. But on PS4, "Tropico and El Presidente have never looked better."

Also dropped (like a political opponent) in the press release was word of multiplayer in Tropico 5, both cooperative and competitive, and for up to four people. This is another series first, and our resident Tropico fanatic Tom Champion still can't picture how it'll work.

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Tropico 5 announced for 2014 on PC, Mac, Xbox 360

Tropico 5 announced for 2014 on PC, Mac, Xbox 360

Adds cooperative and competitive multiplayer.

Kalypso has announced Tropico 5 for release in 2014 on PC (Windows, Linux), Mac and Xbox 360.

The big new addition is cooperative or competitive multiplayer, in which up to three friends can build cities on the same island map. You can either work together or you can destroy each other.

Besides multiplayer, Tropico 5 will be better looking and deeper and more complex than ever before. Trading, research, renovation, exploration - all have been improved.

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