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Tropico 5 screens show El Presidente's makeover

Tropico 5 looks even more minutely detailed than its precursors in this first batch of screens for the recently-announced sequel, which is coming to Mac, PC and Xbox 360 in 2014.

I personally love Tropico so I'm pleased to see how pretty Haemimont has made the new version, which boasts a full visual overhaul in addition a number of new features.

For the first time, fledgling dictators will control an island through history, beginning ion colonial times and working towards the modern era; players will need to manage both World Wars, the Great Depression and the Cold War. The player character's avatar will have an extended family who can be promoted to government roles, ensuring a dynasty. Trading, research and exploraiton have all been further developed, and there'll be co-op and competitive multiplayer for up to four players. Here's the official rundown:

  • 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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