Tropico 4: Modern Times expansion announced

The most successful dictators know to move with the times, and Tropico 4's El Presidente is no exception. The Modern Times expansion for Haemimont's sim will drag your island republic out of the Cold War, into the present day and beyond, with a new campaign, buildings, and more. Why, you can even restrict your citizens' Internet access!

Modern Times will introduce 30 new buildings as El Presidente moves into the future, including condos, skyscrapers, organic ranches and biofarms. From buildings to transportation, your old junk can be modernised and upgraded too. Naturally, you'll also want a space program so you can send your citizens to the International Space Station and prove to the world that you're not some two-bit banana republic.

The politics are updated, featuring the 'war on terror,' and with ten new edicts including censoring the Internet or launching a 'Festival of Love.' You see, "unseen and sinister forces" are at work in the expansio's new 12-scenario single-player campaign, and it'll doubtless fall to El Presidente to stop them.

Modern Times is due out some time in March, priced at $19.99 on PC and 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15) on Xbox 360. We've asked publisher Kalypso to explain the pricing disparity, and will let you know what we hear.

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