Tropico 5 Refused Retail Release in Thailand
Bracknell, UK – 4th August 2014 - Kalypso Media can confirm that Tropico 5, the latest instalment of the hugely popular dictator sim, has been refused distribution in Thailand. The Board of Film and Video Censors (part of the Ministry of Culture) informed Kalypso Media’s Thailand distributor New Era that Tropico 5 would not be granted a release status in the country. They stated that ‘some contents of the game are not appropriate for the current situation’ but did not pinpoint the exact content which caused concern. After consideration, New Era has decided not to appeal the decision.
 
‘We are disappointed to hear that Tropico 5 will not be released in Thailand.’ commented Simon Hellwig, Global Managing Director Kalypso Media Group. ‘Tropico 3 and 4 both enjoyed successful releases in the country and although the Tropico brand does have a realistic political element to it, the scenarios and content are all delivered with a certain trademark tongue in cheek humour.’
 
Stefan Marcinek, Global Managing Director, Kalypso Media Group added ‘Our distributor has been working hard to gain approval for the release, but it seems that the Board of Film and Video Censors deem some of the content too controversial for their consumers. This does sound like it could have come from one of El Presidente’s own edicts from the game.’
 
Kalypso Media did release a DLC pack titled ‘Junta’ for Tropico 4 in 2011 which challenges players to turn the island into a militaristic society, something Thailand experienced in May this year when a real-life coups d’état saw the elected government ousted by a military takeover.
 
About Tropico 5
Packed with a whole host of new gameplay features and all new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new and exciting direction – dynasties!
 
You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power: such as ambassador, commanding general or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras.
 
As well as a wealth of other new features, including advanced trading mechanics, technology, scientific research trees and island exploration, Tropico 5 will add cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players for the first time in the series’ history! Viva El Presidente!
 
Tropico 5 is now available to purchase for PC via digital distribution platforms and boxed retail. Xbox 360®, Mac and Linux will be available this summer – with a version for the PlayStation®4 platform following in autumn For more information on Tropico 5 don’t forget to visit the official Tropico 5 website at www.tropico5.com.
 
-ENDS-
For more information please contact:
 
Mark Allen
Head of Marketing and PR, Kalypso Media UK
E: mark.allen@kalypsomedia.com
 
Gareth Bagg
Marketing and PR Assistant, Kalypso Media UK
E: gareth.bagg@kalypsomedia.com
 
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About The Kalypso Media Group
Founded in 2006 in Germany by industry veterans Simon Hellwig and Stefan Marcinek, Kalypso Media is a global, independent developer, marketer and publisher of interactive entertainment software with over 120 employees worldwide.
 
Along with Headquarters in Worms, Germany, the company has offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.  Kalypso Media also enjoys very strong global digital distribution through its Kalypso Media Digital Ltd. subsidiary, owns three development studios – Realmforge Studios GmbH, Gaming Minds Studios GmbH and Noumena Studios GmbH – and works with multiple leading independent developers.
 
Kalypso Media‘s titles include the critically acclaimed Tropico 3, Tropico 4, Sins of a Solar Empire (Europe and Asia), and Dungeons. Upcoming titles include Tropico 5 (PC, Xbox360, Mac, Linux). Further information about Kalypso Media is available at http://www.kalypsomedia.com  
 
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