E3 2011: Tropico 4 Preview - Lots More Stuff

Tropico 4 will add many new ways to rule your little slice of Caribbean heaven. We take an updated look at E3 2011.

Tropico 4 is one of many upcoming games on display at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, and we had a chance to take an updated look at this Caribbean island simulator sequel. The game itself is practically done. Kalypso representatives suggest "It's about 90 percent done already--now [Kalypso] is just adding more polish."

Tropico already looks like a finished game, though it also bears a strong resemblance to Tropico 3's modeling of tiny capital cities full of tiny Tropicans going about their business. But this time around, Tropico 4 will have many new features, such as "more than a half-dozen" disasters--including oil tanker spills, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions--that will occur in certain spots during the campaign and randomly in the game's freeform sandbox mode (with the ability to set them to occur more or less frequently). Plus, the islands in Tropico will be "three to four times as big" as those in the previous game.

In addition, Tropico 4 will have many new buildings and improvements at the request of fans. These include tourist-attracting carnival rides; a firehouse; a nuclear power plant; a stock exchange; and the council of ministers, from which you may recruit educated (or not-so-educated) Tropicans to become special government advisors if you're a democratic sort. Then again, if you prefer to follow the lead of the mid-20th-century Soviet Union and go communist, you can convert the structure to become the "People's Committee," or you can just drop the facade and convert it to a full-on military junta. Of course, your nation's political leanings will earn you either favor or mistrust with the game's two mid-20th-century superpowers--the Soviets and the Americans--but once your game passes beyond the 1980s, the USSR's influence will diminish and new players will enter Tropico 4's world stage. China will appear as a commerce-minded superpower looking to set up trade deals; the Middle East will take great interest in any oil-related transactions you happen to make (particularly those that undercut its prices), and Europe will be strongly concerned with moral issues.

If that weren't enough, Tropico 4 is adding even more stuff to do in the form of random objectives, which will pop up periodically from various buildings, representatives, or foreign powers. These missions are entirely optional but often quite profitable, so they may be worth your while and will provide a change of pace from the usual maintenance on which you'll be focusing. And finally, Tropico 4's social media features have been implemented into the game. These let you take a screenshot of your island at any moment and upload it with a brief blurb to Facebook or Twitter. In addition, the game will use Facebook to assemble a rankings ladder that will let you compare your island's progress and your achievements against those of your friends. Tropico 4 will have everything you liked about Tropico 3 and more of it, along with tons of new stuff. The game will be released simultaneously on the PC and the Xbox 360 this August.

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15 comments
ggregd
ggregd

I've been playing Tropico 3 over the last couple days and to say this bears a strong resemblance is an understatement. It looks exactly the same - the buildings, the land, the people - kind of disappointing. On the other hand, "tons of new stuff" sounds like an overstatement. T3 has disasters, new ones is a small addition. Bigger island? The construction workers are so slow you never come close to filling up the ones in T3. (I hope they tweak that mechanic.) Honestly this looks and sounds like an expansion. Kalypso has been disappointing lately (Dungeons) and I really hope this isn't just a money grab.

lokalan
lokalan

The game remind me of my country.... Banana republic.

QingJao86
QingJao86

Agreed about changing garages. I also hated the whole construction scheme as well, you really couldn't get to far ahead of yourself, and it was impossible to spend money as fast as you could get it in the late game. If they insist on using the same scheme, how about actually having the workers work 14 hour days (so that more than half of them are working at any given time, not just 2).

Entropy730
Entropy730

ooooh August nice! Can't wait for this one!

MN121MN
MN121MN

@Odium84 : Hopefully they have underground garages so we can build more on top... @cjf187x : Now you're talking, COD MW3, Battlefield 3, SR Third, Skyrim, and many more... Better save money for a rainy day...

Odium84
Odium84

Hopefully they have smaller garages

cjf187x
cjf187x

August is going to be a great month and the Fall is going to be insane. Between Deus Ex and Tropico 4, amazingness.

TQHL
TQHL

love this game!!!!

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

I'm hoping for a demo before release. 30th of August is too far away. ^_^

distomo
distomo

I should start saving money

Raptorias
Raptorias

awesome. tropico 3 on xbox was terrific

jonboyisme
jonboyisme

Any idea if you can rename citizens in this one?? That's what i love about the first one. Seeing my family tree grow and prosper in my country.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Game sounds like it's improved, only thing I found frustrating in Tropico 3 was the terrain. The island I once chose happened to have terrain so irregular that I had to completely forget somehow organizing my country with roads or even somehow creating a layout for buildings. It ended up one gigantic mess. Well, can't wait anyways, love the whole government stuff they put into the game :D

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

hope they increased the size of the islands well enough. not sure if 4 times of previous version is enough. and hope they improved laying of roads on rocky places.