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Tropico 6 gets a new developer and a new DLC out now with Caribbean Skies

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Caribbean Skies is the name of the latest DLC for the satirical city-builder Tropico 6, and not just that there's a new developer taking over development.

This is the biggest expansion yet and shows that Kalypso as a publisher is committed to continuing updating the game. There's also a fresh free update out for everyone which includes two new sandbox maps, a 'Tropico Papers' edict that super rich citizens no longer pay rent but instead send you 15% each month to your swiss bank account, a new emergency job ability to get stuff done quickly and some bug fixes. Realmforge Studios (Dungeons III, Spacebase Startopia) have also now taken over development, with this being their first Tropico 6 release.

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DLC Features:

  • New scenario-driven campaign: Play through new and dedicated scenarios featuring 5 all-new missions, each unlocking a new play style. Meet new characters and save the world as El Presidente!
  • Drones are here: Easily supply remote areas using Delivery Drones or use Drone Taxi for passenger transportation. Keep the people of Tropico under surveillance with Security Drones.
  • 8 new buildings: Get cargo planes and drones in the air with the Drone Factory, Battery Plant, Cargo Airport and Drone Delivery Service. Make use of the Drone Taxi Service, Central Intelligence building and Drone to Home Delivery Service to immerse yourself and your fellow Tropicans in all things drones. Balloon Tours give you the chance to offer tourists a new kind of attraction.
  • 4 new edicts: Gig Economy, Qult Anonymous, Drone Economy, Drone Recycling
  • 2 new traits: Drone Enthusiast, Qult Leader.
  • 3 new palace decorations: Keep your palace fresh with a miniature version of the mysterious SPEAKER. Show everyone you are a techie with a bunch of drones carrying Tropico flags. Use a smaller version of the inexplicable fertility bomb cannon to show everyone how modern agriculture is done.
  • New outfit: Good vibes only with the colorful new Banana Business Suit, featuring an all-over banana print.

Not only have Realmforge Studios taken over development of Tropico 6 from Limbic Entertainment, the publisher Kalypso Media has also now acquired 100% of Realmforge, so they are now a subsidiary of Kalypso Media Group. From the press release on this:

"The expansion and complete takeover of the shares is a logical consequence of our strategy to expand our own development resources not only in Germany but internationally. We are offering the highly qualified, motivated team in Munich the opportunity to focus exclusively on the further development of exciting franchises such as Tropico, Dungeons and Spacebase Startopia in the future," says Simon Hellwig, Managing Partner of Kalypso Media Group GmbH.

"Developing complex city-builder and strategy games with that special x-factor element, that are well-received within the community and the wider market on all platforms - that's something we do well. The Tropico brand is therefore a perfect fit for us" adds Christian Wolfertstetter, Realmforge.

"We are very fortunate to have had a strong and secure publishing partner in Kalypso for over 10 years, who supports us at all times and shares our philosophy. At the same time, it is a great honour and a great responsibility for us to have such an important franchise as Tropico in our hands" says Benjamin Rauscher, Realmforge.

You can buy Tropico 6 from Humble Store and Steam.

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slaapliedje 16 Dec, 2020
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Ah Tropico. This is another game I keep meaning to play a lot, but haven't had the time... and now they're well into part 6 and I have had it since the very first one.. I keep buying them without the time to play! Tried hardest with 5, but mostly to see how it worked with a controller (like many games like this that have controller support, they still are much easier to play with a mouse / keyboard.)
BlackBloodRum 17 Dec, 2020
I used to love playing tropico. And I really appreciate the tux support. But at £101 (all dlc+game.. I'll wait for a steam sale 😂
slaapliedje 17 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: BlackBloodRumI used to love playing tropico. And I really appreciate the tux support. But at £101 (all dlc+game.. I'll wait for a steam sale 😂
DLC is getting out of hand. Like with all the DLC that was out for Crusader Kings II? I'm pretty sure there are a few games that when you look at them without sales and all their DLC, are like 1k...

Then you have games like WoW where they just keep releasing expansions so people have spent far more on that game, not to mention all the people that hire others to farm for them or whatever goes on there...

Video games have become such a crazy industry. Wonder if anyone had any sort of dreams back in the 70s when it all started, that it would get so huge.
14 18 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: BlackBloodRumI used to love playing tropico. And I really appreciate the tux support. But at £101 (all dlc+game.. I'll wait for a steam sale 😂
DLC is getting out of hand. Like with all the DLC that was out for Crusader Kings II? I'm pretty sure there are a few games that when you look at them without sales and all their DLC, are like 1k...

Then you have games like WoW where they just keep releasing expansions so people have spent far more on that game, not to mention all the people that hire others to farm for them or whatever goes on there...

Video games have become such a crazy industry. Wonder if anyone had any sort of dreams back in the 70s when it all started, that it would get so huge.
DLC, expansions, subscriptions... I don't see why they're seen as a problem. If gamers are buying them, then they want to play them (or have a collection problem)! A lot of games used to be 8-14 hours and then it's over. What would you do then? You'd buy another game. Buying more content just means you are still enjoying the same world and want more of it. And it's optional. In the case of WoW, when you play a game that can eat up sooooo many hours of time, you're probably not buying and playing other games, so I don't see the big deal in spending your gaming money on a single game rather than a couple per month. The only problem I see with lots of optional content is marketing because the shopper has to figure out what's valuable to them or not. It's a little bit of a mental hurdle especially when you're trying to make a decision within the time frame of a sale. But, if you can force yourself not to worry about the addon content, just buy the base game every time and add more later when you want more. A new player coming to WoW has no reason to buy all the extra races and unlock the higher levels. Just jump into the trial version.

TL;DR Try to ignore DLC until you wish you had more content.

/rant
slaapliedje 18 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: BlackBloodRumI used to love playing tropico. And I really appreciate the tux support. But at £101 (all dlc+game.. I'll wait for a steam sale 😂
DLC is getting out of hand. Like with all the DLC that was out for Crusader Kings II? I'm pretty sure there are a few games that when you look at them without sales and all their DLC, are like 1k...

Then you have games like WoW where they just keep releasing expansions so people have spent far more on that game, not to mention all the people that hire others to farm for them or whatever goes on there...

Video games have become such a crazy industry. Wonder if anyone had any sort of dreams back in the 70s when it all started, that it would get so huge.
DLC, expansions, subscriptions... I don't see why they're seen as a problem. If gamers are buying them, then they want to play them (or have a collection problem)! A lot of games used to be 8-14 hours and then it's over. What would you do then? You'd buy another game. Buying more content just means you are still enjoying the same world and want more of it. And it's optional. In the case of WoW, when you play a game that can eat up sooooo many hours of time, you're probably not buying and playing other games, so I don't see the big deal in spending your gaming money on a single game rather than a couple per month. The only problem I see with lots of optional content is marketing because the shopper has to figure out what's valuable to them or not. It's a little bit of a mental hurdle especially when you're trying to make a decision within the time frame of a sale. But, if you can force yourself not to worry about the addon content, just buy the base game every time and add more later when you want more. A new player coming to WoW has no reason to buy all the extra races and unlock the higher levels. Just jump into the trial version.

TL;DR Try to ignore DLC until you wish you had more content.

/rant
Bolded my issue. I want the FULL damn experience. I just don't buy the soundtracks / wallpaper stuff, unless I really want the developer to keep making more stuff for it. But that's never a guarantee. I bought all the DLC for Conan Exiles, and for the majority of them, they didn't even add anything beyond some cooler looking gear with the same stats. But seeing as the style of that game is all about who can build the cooler looking stuff, it's almost 'needed'. But the ones that are really bad are the Paradox titles where they nickle and dime the various empires / etc. Though to be fair, their soundtracks are also amazing!
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