As expected, Tropico is returning on May 30th

But, according to games journalist Chris Cook those with an Xbox will need to wait another month before they get a chance to have a crack at the game, its first launch is for PC and PS4. Game publisher Kalypso would not confirm this.

The distributors and the creators are bigging up the game saying the new Tropico V will feature team and competitive multiplayer options for the first time. This will allow up to four players to build on any given Island at the same time.

There have also been improvements, say the makers, in the trading and research functions, explorations and renovation mechanics.Also new is the ability to play through different era’s, each with different challenges and events, these will range from the 19th century rthrough to the present day.

Publishers Kalypso Media have issued a list of new features.

 “The Eras – Start your reign during colonial times, survive the World Wars and the Great Depression, be a dictator during the Cold War, and advance your country to modern times and beyond. From the 19th century to the 21st, each era carries its own challenges and opportunities.

The Dynasty –Each member of El Presidente’s extended family is present on the island and may be appointed as a ruler, a manager, an ambassador or a general. Invest in the members of your Dynasty to unlock new traits and turn them into your most valuable assets.

Research and Renovate – Advance your nation by discovering new buildings, technologies and resources. Renovate your old buildings to more efficient modern buildings.

Advanced trade system and trade fleet – Amass a global trade fleet and use your ships to secure trade routes to neighboring islands or world superpowers, both for export and import.

Explore your island – Discover what lies beyond the fog of war. Find valuable resource deposits and explore the ruins of ancient civilizations.

All new art – All artwork has been re-designed from scratch to provide Tropico 5 with a unique visual identity. Choose from over 100 buildings from each of the individual eras.

Cooperative and competitive multiplayer – Up to 4 players can build up their own cities and economies on any given island map. Players can choose to share resources, supplies and population or declare war on each other.”