|Engine||Unreal Engine 4|
|Genre(s)||Construction and management simulation, government simulation|
Tropico 6 is a construction, management and political simulation game in the Tropico series, developed by Limbic Entertainment, published by Kalypso Media, and announced at E3 2017. Originally intended for a 2018 release, Tropico 6 was released on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux in March 2019, and for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in September 2019.
As in the other games in the series, the player assumes the role of "El Presidente", the leader of the Caribbean island nation of Tropico. Similarly to Tropico 5, there are four eras: The Colonial era, the World Wars era, the Cold War era, and the modern era. Unlike previous games in the series, where Tropico consisted of only one island, Tropico 6 allows players to build on an archipelago of smaller islands, allowing players to build bridges (in the World Wars era and later) from their starting island to the other islands in the chain. According to senior content designer Johannes Pfeiffer, Tropico 6 will have "fully simulated" citizens, where the actions of El Presidente's government towards the citizenry could have an effect on productivity, and possibly even result in a revolt. In addition to customizing their own El Presidente (as either male or female), players can also customize the presidential palace.
The game received a "generally favorable" rating from critics on the aggregating review website Metacritic; the PC version received a rating of 78/100 based on 62 reviews. It received "mixed or average" ratings from users on the aggregating review website Metacritic; the PC version received a rating of 6.6 based on 113 reviews. Tropico 6 was the fastest-selling game in the franchise, with the revenue it generated being 50% higher than that of Tropico 5's debut.
The game was nominated for the "Best Booth Award" and for "Best Strategy Game" at the 2017 Gamescom Awards, and for the same latter category at The Game Awards 2019. It was also nominated for the Tin Pan Alley Award for Best Music in a Game at the New York Game Awards.
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