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New ‘Espionage’ Expansion Coming May 28 for Dictatorship Simulator ‘Tropico 5’

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PC, Mac, and Linux users who play Tropico 5, the construction and management simulator developed by Haemimont Games, can purchase the game’s Espionage expansion on Thursday, May 28.

Espionage will cost $19.99 and will be purchasable via for the PC version through Steam and publisher Kalypso’s digital store. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers will receive the DLC later in 2015.

Unlike other city-building games, Tropico 5 installs the player as dictator of their own nation. Espionage gives players access to security checkpoints for internal monitoring; a spy academy, from which they can field spies for international theft; and a Ministry of Information, police blimp, and mechanized garrison for even more security. The DLC also includes a new story chapter and four new islands, two of which are Dos Torres and Grito Grande.

Upon its May 2014 release, Tropico 5 was criticized by some who expressed discomfort in playing the role of a ruthless tyrant. Charlie Hall of Polygon stated that “the game so entirely lacks compassion that it made [him] feel like a bully.” The game was banned in Thailand by the country’s Board of Film and Video Censors; the board stated that “some contents in the game are not appropriate for the current situation.”

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