The lights are on
Kalypso Media sent out my personal favorite press release of the month, broadcasting that Tropico 4 is in development! Franchise originators Haemimont Games are behind the next city building simulation in the series, and appear to be sticking with the same tongue-in-cheek dictatorial aesthetic while broadening several core aspects of the gameplay.Tropico 4 will introduce new depth to trading, social policies, and politics both local and international on your idyllic island playground. Rather than simply sending excess goods to the docks for a simple return, the ability to manage imports and exports gives you a powerful new economic knob to turn. Appointing ministers can help in implementing unpopular edicts without inviting social unrest. New demands and interactions between the factions within you populace will open up new gameplay. Finally, new global powers beyond just the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. present their own challenges and opportunity. As schizo as the U.S. could be in the last games, imagine how great it'll be to have to balance their capitalist demands with the populist pandering of a Chavez-like Venezuelan leader.
Tropico 3 is one of my favorite city builders to date, and I can't wait to see what Haemimont comes up with for the follow-up. Tropico 4 is currently set for a Q2 2011 PC release, while "news on a possible console version will be made available soon." Translation: "We're totally doing a console version but haven't gone through all the paperwork and lawyers to make it official yet."