Tropico 6 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Tropico 6 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is Tropico 6?

In times of political turmoil and social unrest, the people are calling out for a visionary leader, one who will steer the fate of their country with foresight and ingenuity. Prove yourself once again as a feared dictator or a peace-loving statesman on the island state of Tropico and shape the fate of your nation through four distinctive eras. Face new challenges on the international stage and always keep an ace up your sleeves.

For the first time in the series, manage extensive archipelagos, build huge bridges to connect your islands and establish new means of transportation and infrastructure. Send your Tropicans on raids to steal the wonders of the world, including the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Customize your palace at will, and give election speeches on your balcony to win the favor of your subjects.

What are the main features of Tropico 6?

  • Play on large archipelagos for the first time in the series. Manage multiple islands at the same time and adapt to various new challenges.
  • Send your agents on raids to foreign lands to steal world wonders and monuments, to add them to your collection.
  • Build bridges, construct tunnels and transport your citizens and tourists in taxis, buses and aerial cable cars. Tropico 6 offers completely new transportation and infrastructure possibilities.
  • Customize the looks of your palace at will and choose from various extras.
  • Tropico 6 features a revised research system focusing on the political aspects of being the world’s greatest dictator.
  • Election speeches are back! Address the people and make promises that you cannot possibly keep.
  • Tropico 6 features are multiplayer for up to 4 players. For more about multiplayer click
  • Experience Tropico like never before, for the first time on Unreal Engine 4.

On which platforms will Tropico 6 be released?
PC / Mac / Linux / PS4 / Xbox One

When will Tropico 6 release?
PC: 29th March 2019/released!
Consoles: Summer 2019

What about PC Keyboard Controls?

We have a guide about this. Click to go

Update MacOS
Taken from the official Open letter #2 written by Kalypso Media’s owner and Managing Director Simon Hellwig to the Tropico community:
‘One thing we unfortunately won’t be able to deliver at release on March 29th is a 100% working version for Mac OS.

During performance tests, we noticed that the game doesn’t run smoothly enough on a few older Macs. Since I play Tropico 6 on an older MacBook Pro myself (and it does run), I have now insisted that we provide a preview version for Mac OS with all the features of the full game on Steam on launch day – with the full version available soon for the Mac App Store as well.

I know it’s not perfect, and we promised a simultaneous release on PC and Mac, but it wouldn’t be fair to deliver the current version as the “final” Tropico 6 on Mac if it doesn’t work or suffers from poor performance on a few systems, especially if they meet our specified system requirements.’
– Full letter:

How do I enter the Public MacOS Beta branch?
Full letter is here, Click

What is the difference between the Tropico 6 standard edition and El Prez edition?
You will get:

  • Standard Edition:
  • Contains base game
  • El Prez Edition Digital:
    • Contains base game
    • El Prez tourist outfit for El Presidente and La Presidenta
    • Flamingo pond palace customization – Make your palace great again
    • Digital soundtrack
    • Digital calendar
  • El Prez Edition Retail Box:
    • Contains base game (Steam-Code)
    • El Prez tourist outfit for El Presidente and La Presidenta
    • Flamingo pond palace customization – Make your palace great again
    • Digital soundtrack
    • Digital calendar
    • 4 post cards (these are not included in the US retail version)

Who is developing Tropico 6?
Limbic Entertainment, located in Langen, Germany, is developing Tropico 6.
Before starting Limbic, the three founders were game developers at Sunflowers GmbH, one of Germany’s leading computer game producers. During their time at Sunflowers, Stephan Winter, Eike Radunz and Alexander Frey contributed to titles such as ANNO 1602 – NINA, ANNO 1503 and TechnoMage.

Will Tropico 6 follow on from Tropico 5’s storyline? So will it be a fully-fledged sequel, or a reboot?
Tropico 6 will not continue the storyline of Tropico 5. The game will feature a campaign mode across 15 scenarios that will tell 15 unique stories, not connected directly with each other.
Examples of scenarios are:

  • El Presidente wanting to rule the world of sports by abducting an American baseball team.
  • The Intellectuals installing an AI to rule Tropico’s politics based on information obtained by analysing social network data.
  • An alternative timeline in which the Eastern Bloc takes over the world after World War 2 and includes Tropico in their communist collective.
  • A Noir-inspired mission in which El Presidente has to assist the leader of the religious faction in sabotaging the operation of the Axis in Tropico.

Players will meet a wide-ranging cast of quirky new characters as well as some returning fan favourites like Penultimo, El Presidente’s loyal advisor, and Sunny Flowers, Tropico’s good conscience for all things regarding Mother Earth.

What are the main differences between the older Tropico games and Tropico 6? 
For the first time in the series, Tropico 6 will feature not just one huge Island, but archipelagos, consisting of many smaller islands with unique properties, allowing for unique gameplay scenarios.

Boats and bridges connect those Islands.
Archipelagos bring a new and interesting challenge to the established gameplay formula. Players have to plan their cities and production chains across greater distances and according to the conditions of the different islands.

Also new to the Tropico series are raids.
With the four unique raid buildings, players will be able to send their Tropicans out on raids, which result in various different outcomes, like getting additional resources, technologies, manipulating trading prices, changing diplomacy ratings and preventing the various superpowers from sabotaging Tropico.
There are also specialized raids for multiplayer mode, offering a subtle way to sabotage your rivals.

With the raid buildings, players also have the opportunity to undertake World Wonder Heists.
Every heist has a unique narrative plot befitting of Tropico‘s unique tone.
Starting a heist will result in several steps forcing players to make choices:
Possible raids and their outcome:

  • Raid (Resources)
  • Raid (Persons)
  • Intimidating neighboring states and countries
  • Sabotaging Superpowers
  • Provoking rebellions
  • Spying
  • Writing fake reviews for tourism
  • Up to 17 World Wonders are waiting to be stolen, including well-known landmarks such as Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.
    Landmarks are unique buildings with a strong impact on gameplay. Therefore, we are currently planning that players will only be able to complete one landmark heist per building, so the maximum of landmarks on an island in a standard game is 4.

    Following four examples of landmarks and their game-impact:

  • Around Stonehenge, trees and coconut-palms will grow faster.
  • Hagia Sophia: Tropicans will no longer die because of bad healthcare.
  • Statue of Liberty: Every new immigrant coming to Tropico will be happy, and chances are high that they will vote for El Presidente in the next election.
  • Colosseum: The overall happiness level of Tropicans is only influenced by need of food happiness and entertainment happiness.

Customize your palace – This time around, El Presidente’s (in)famous residence has a modular design, allowing the palace to be customized and even relocated.
10 customizable slots and 6+ variations per slot mean that there are over 1 million unique combinations available to players for them to realize their opulent, despotic vision.

Transportation and infrastructure – El Presidente does not like travelling in a llama-cart, so this time Tropico will offer more transport options, such as taxis, buses, aerial cable cars and more. Additionally, there will be more infrastructure options, such as bridges, which will connect the islands, and tunnels that get your Tropicans around, or better through mountains and hills.

More visual diversity – All residential buildings and many infrastructure buildings have more variations. So for example each residential building will get 3 variations, for the player to choose from. Even the famous shacks on Tropico have 3 different iterations.
Tropico will feel more ‘alive’ than ever before, with drunken Tropicans leaving the tavern and many more interactions between Tropicans and buildings.

Three difficulty levels for the missions will offer Tropico veterans a challenge, and allow new players to have an easier start to the game. In sandbox mode, players will have many options with which to change the game as they please.
The difficulty settings have the following impact:

  • The player will receive more money from Foreign Aid
  • The value for Caribbean Happiness is lower and will also rise at a slower rate
  • There are no dual demands
  • Ultimatums have no time limit
  • Superpowers are less likely to start actions against the player
  • Protests are less likely
  • Less Rebels and Guerillas


  • The player receives some money from Foreign Aid
  • Dual Demands will occur between the factions with the highest standing
  • Default values for:
    • Caribbean Happiness
    • Time limits on Ultimatums
    • Superpower actions against the player
    • Rebels and Guerillas


  • The player will not receive any Foreign Aid
  • The value for Caribbean Happiness is higher and it will also rise at a higher rate
  • Dual Demands will occur between the two factions with the lowest standing
  • Ultimatums have a strict time limit
  • Superpowers are more likely to start actions against the player
  • Protests are more likely
  • More Rebels and Guerillas

What has stayed the same, and what has changed to make the game better? 

  • Tropico 6 will be the most beautiful game in the franchise and will feature a greater range of visual variety, ensuring that everything will always look like the paradise on earth that the Tropican foreign office would have you believe it is…
  • Classic Tropico gameplay: the player fills the role of the (mostly) benevolent dictator El Presidente to rule his/her state with an open heart and an iron first. Make decisions for everything that is going on in Tropico; from crops and wages to big decisions like your immigration policy or your relationships with the major superpowers of the world.
  • Everything in the game is simulated. Tropicans have their own needs, like a craving for entertainment or the hope for a fair wage, which players will need to fulfil in order to win the next election. If things are not looking good, El Presidente can still send certain insubordinate individuals on a long vacation…just to make sure.
  • Tropico 6 will feature a more challenging balancing act for the different factions and superpowers. Juggling the approval of the different political parties will be more nuanced, and getting everyone’s approval is an achievement reserved only for the most skilled and righteous of Presidentes.
  • Tropico 6 will feature more buildings out of the box than any Tropico before: 150+ buildings will give players the tools for every situation and offer a lot of visual variety for players who just want to build a Caribbean paradise. Tropico 6 will also feature new means to improve the infrastructure by building bridges and constructing specialized buildings such as landings, bus depots and aerial cable car stations.
  • Be the dictator you want to be: Players can express themselves by customizing their avatar, their palace and election speeches.

Which factions and characters can we expect?

Naturally, El Presidente will be headlining Tropico 6, accompanied by his most trusted subordinate, Penultimo.
Other classic characters are set to return, as well as brand-new characters such as The Broker, who will offer enticing deals and offers to encourage El Presidente to add to or spend his Swiss Bank account money.
The table below offers a brief overview of the various Factions and Superpowers and their representing spokespersons, some of which players may recognize from previous Tropico-games:

The Factions
Sofia Ortega
Mason Belmonte
Marco Moreno
General Rodriguez
Sister Francesca
Sunny Flowers
Harland Zander
Hector Delgado
Elena Culpepper

The Superpowers
The Crown
Lord Roger Wyndham
Erich von Strohm
Wynton Marlborough
Western Powers
Colonel Buck Scott
Eastern Bloc
Nadia Kuznetsov
Eline Dupont
Raymond King
Middle East
Prince Thari
Vlad Orlov
Ambassador Zhang

What languages will be available in Tropico 6?
The game will support voice overs and subtitles for English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian, as well as Korean subtitles.
Japanese voice overs and subtitles are planned.
Please be aware that the added Korean subtitles, might need some fine-tuning. We will also have a loca-update following the release.

What about Simplified Chinese?
To ensure Tropico 6 can be enjoyed by an unrestricted audience, Kalypso has decided to apply for governmental approval to comply with Chinese law and respect the consumer expectations in China. Once the game is approved it will be made available in Chinese language via STEAM and official platforms in Mainland China. With the approved version we will also avoid problems generated from off-shore servers and enhance the overall gameplay experience for our fans.

Will Tropico 6 will have multiplayer support?
Yes, Tropico 6 will feature multiplayer for up to 4 players.

What multiplayer modes can be expected?/ What are the victory conditions in Tropico 6?
The game can be open-ended, but there are some victory conditions such as “Reach x amount in your Treasury / Swiss Bank Account”, “Have x amount of tourists on your island”, “Earn x amount of Victory points by completing tasks”, “Have x amount of World Wonders on your island”, etc.

Will there be a physical retail version?
Yes, there will be a retail version of Tropico 6 on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

What engine does Tropico 6 use?
Tropico 6 uses the latest version of Unreal Engine 4.

What will be the system requirements?

  • Requires a 64-bit processor
  • Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit/ Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS + SteamOS (latest)
  • Processor: AMD or Intel, 3 GHz (AMD A10 7850K, Intel i3-2000)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD/NVIDIA dedicated GPU, 2GB dedicated VRAM (Radeon HD 7870, Geforce GTX 750)
  • DirectX: Version 11.1
  • Storage: 16 GB available space


  • Requires a 64-bit processor
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit/ Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS + SteamOS (latest)
  • Processor: AMD or Intel, 3.3 GHz (AMD FX 8300, Intel i5 3000)
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD/NVIDIA dedicated GPU, 4GB dedicated VRAM (Radeon R9 380, Geforce GTX 960)
  • Storage: 16 GB available space

Will the typical and sometimes dark Tropico humour be back?
Yes and with the new writing team, you can also expect fresh and new ideas.
The humour and the music have always been at the core of the Tropico series, and we are taking a lot of care to ensure that Tropico 6 will stay true to the classic Tropico experience, especially in terms of humour.

Will the Tropico 6 beta run after release?
No, as with the release of the game, the beta will no longer be active.

Can we take our overall progress from the beta over to the full game when it releases?
No, it will not be possible to keep any progress made during the beta.
Save games will only work inside the beta, and not in the full game.

Is the population limit capped in singleplayer games?
By default, it is set to 2,000. Nonetheless, the player might at any time change the population in the option to 10,000. However, please be aware, this is at own risk and might have huge impact on the performance, especially with lower- to mid-range gaming rigs.

Will Tropico 6 have modding support via Steam Workshops?
Fellow Tropicans!
First, we wanted to thank you for your ongoing passion, dedication and ongoing feedback that has already resulted in many improvements to Tropico 6, both before and after release.

By now you may well have seen (and hopefully read) the second open letter to the Tropico community written by Kalypso Media’s owner and Managing Director, Simon Hellwig. If you haven’t, you can check it out in full here:

With the upcoming release of Tropico 6, and all the planning for additional improvements to the game post-release, we have already announced an in-game map editor to be released after launch. Following this, we will then continue evaluating all possibilities for further modding options beyond the in-game map editor, and will be back with news as soon as we possibly can.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Will Tropico 6 have rebels and therefore protests and rebellions?
Yes, there will be rebels and guerrillas that can set buildings on fire. Additionally, even faction and superpower escalations!
When a player has a bad reputation with an important faction, this can lead to serious problems.

  • Faction escalations happen, if one or more factions do not agree with El Presidentes actions. For example, the intellectuals can hack into the Swiss bank account of El Presidente and freeze his/her funds.
  • Superpower escalations can lead to an embargo, which can result in a block on trade for important goods.

Will it be possible to play as a vicious dictator, without elections?
Yes. You are El Presidente – you can do as you wish! However, how long can you stay in office when acting this way? Then there are military coups and the escalation of foreign superpowers to consider. El Presidente loves his office, and you will have to help him keeping it.

Will Tropico 6 feature cross-platform multiplayer support?
No. Players must be on the same platform network to play together, i.e. on console, Xbox Live players cannot play with PlayStation Network and/or PC players, and vice versa.
This is due to a variety of reasons, but the main one is the different architectures of the different platforms.

What about the players that will receive the first DLC as reward?
Taken from the official Open letter #1 written by Kalypso Media’s owner and Managing Director Simon Hellwig to the Tropico community:
“As a loyalty bonus and reward for your patience, all customers who have pre-ordered the game by 7pm (CET) January 10th, 2019 via our own Kalypso Shop, Steam and other digital platforms, will receive the first DLC, planned for Q2 2019, free of charge.”


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