The sixth installment of Tropico has suffered a last minute delay as its creators admit the “game is good, but not very good” at the moment. It is now scheduled to launch on March 29th, so long as it meets Kalypso’s desire of ‘outstanding’.
The news comes after the team reviewed feedback from the closed beta, which obviously raised more than a few concerns. And as these views were also echoed by those personally invested in the project, there was little choice but to make such a hard decision.
Due to the disappointing late stage that this news has dropped, the managing director of video game publisher Kalypso, Simon Hellwig, released a statement personally, apologising to fans and explaining their logic. It read:
“Over the holidays, I have played Tropico 6 for many hours and really liked what I saw.
“We know this is short notice and many of you, especially the ones who have pre-ordered, played the beta and gave such comprehensive and valued feedback, might be disappointed, but we think we can make the game better by adding some more icing on the Tropican cake.”
Worryingly, the reasons for the delay were rather fundamental in the grand scheme of things. And it is rather obvious that, had the game launched with such shortcomings, there would have been a lot of backlash from players and reviewers alike. After all, the economy and simulation are two of the most important features of the series, yet they are described as needing more balancing and testing.
“Features like pathfinding, a challenging multiplayer and the comprehensive simulation not only of each individual Tropican, but of the whole economy, are already implemented well, but could benefit from more balancing, testing and enhancement to meet our very high quality standards for Tropico 6.”
In what could be a sign of good faith, the development team are also hard at work trying to integrate a bunch of community ideas into the final product. But I think we’ll all agree that we’re more interested in getting the base game perfected.
However, news that the first DLC will be made available to all who pre-ordered prior to January 10th, for free, is greatly received. Yes, it’s a small gesture compared to the two month wait, but let’s be honest, they didn’t need to do anything – delays are becoming commonplace nowadays without so much as a sorry.
El Presidente has dictated that Tropico 6 will now launch on March 29th, just in time for Brexit. Perhaps it’ll teach the government a thing or two?
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