Tropico 5 debut gameplay trailer goes from shacks to skyscrapers

Tropico 5, you may be surprised to learn the debut gameplay trailer reveals, looks an awful lot like earlier Tropico games, and a bit like most other city-building sims. But it also shows more of the centuries-spanning timeline and technology, from the huts of 1800 to gleaming skyscrapers in 2028.

With such a long timescale, Tropico 5 will introduce dynasties, letting players appoint family members to positions of authority and establish a regime that lasts through the years.

Tropico 5 is coming this summer to PC, Xbox 360, Mac, and Linux, then PlayStation 4 later in the year. You can sign up to beta test the PC edition. Look, moving pictures: