Tropico 5 soaks up early summer rays on PC, Xbox 360

Tropico 5 launches on Xbox 360, PC, Mac and Linux early this summer, Kalypso Media announced today. A PS4 version is due to launch later this year.

Tropico 5 places players in the role of El Presidente on the island of Tropico, beginning in colonial times and aging into the 21st century. This is the first Tropico game to feature cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.

The Tropico 5 beta test is scheduled to begin in March (yes, this month).
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El Presidente Celebrates Early Summer Release with New Tropico 5 Assets
Screenshots and packshot artwork available for download now
March 4th, 2014, Ridgewood, NJ – El Presidente himself is proud to unveil the final box art for his forthcoming and highly anticipated tyrannical adventure in the city-builderTropico 5. Featuring a beautiful portrait of the El Presidente Dynasty and an image of the glorious island nation of Tropico, loyal citizens can now view the artwork for both the PC version and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

In addition, there are also brand new screenshots to download and view. They demonstrate accurately the mesmerizing natural beauty of the island of Tropico; as well as it's incredibly advanced and enviable building architecture.

Packed with a whole host of new gameplay features and all new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new and exciting direction – dynasties!

You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power: such as ambassador, commanding general or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras.

As well as a wealth of other new features, including advanced trading mechanics, technology, scientific research trees and island exploration, Tropico 5 will add cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players for the first time in the series' history! Viva El Presidente!

Tropico 5 will be available for PC, Xbox 360®, Mac and Linux in early summer – with a version for the PlayStation®4 platform following later this year. For more information onTropico 5 please visit the Kalypso Media website at www.kalypsomedia.com or the officialTropico 5 website at www.tropico5.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.