Tropico 5 sees you become a family man as you guide your island through the ages

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Tropico 5 is out now; here’s our Topico 5 review.

Kalyspo have announced some pretty big changes to the Tropico formula in its next iteration of the series. You now take your small republic from the colonial era right through to the 21st century. You’ll react to global economic changes like the Great Depression and both World Wars.

You’ll now have to manage you dynasty, too. Because without family what’s the point of being a dictator.

First the delightful Charlie Chaplin-esque teaser:

The two major new features are eras and your dynasty but the other big addition is multiplayer. Four players can fight over districts of the island. Here’s the breakdown that Kalypso sent us:

  • 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.

Tropico 5 will be making its way to PC in 2014.