El Presidente needed a break
March is starting to look like a super busy month for gaming. Tropico 6 was originally scheduled for a January 25, 2019 release date, but will now be shipping on March 29, 2019. The reason for the delay came after a closed beta session last year resulted in developer Limbic and publisher Kalypso wanting to polish the game and incorporate fan feedback.
In a blog post over on Kalypso’s website, managing director Simon Hellwig wrote, “Over the holidays, I have played Tropico 6 for many hours and really liked what I saw. But, in my humble opinion, it is not enough to like a game – I want to love it! And Tropico 6 is good, but not very good, or outstanding. Yet. Combining my own opinion and the response we had from thousands of dedicated beta players around the world, Kalypso has decided to postpone the release of the game for another couple of months to March 29, 2019.”
Hellwig specifically mentions that the pathfinding, multiplayer and the simulation of the Tropico economy will be tweaked before release to meet the high standards they have for Tropico 6. This should help with the individual citizens of Tropico feeling more lifelike, a problem that was echoed about the beta over the holiday.
To make up for the delay, Kalypso will be giving out the first DLC for Tropico 6 free. To get the deal, you’ll need to pre-order the game before 7 pm CST on January 10, 2019. The offer will be available through Steam, Kalypso’s digital shop, and other digital distribution platforms.
Open Letter to the Tropico Community [Kalypso Blog]