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Monday, June 26, 2000

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Tropico Developer Interview
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Following their preview of PopTop's upcoming dictator-sim Tropico, EuroGamer has posted a new interview with developer Franz Felsl. This discussion covers many aspects of this very interesting game concept - you play as ruler of a third-world country with an emphasis on tyranny! Here is an excerpt about the fact that the game is only simulated 3D:

Although the game supports 3D hardware, PopTop have resisted the gaming industry's current stampede towards 3D, and at least some of the game is still two-dimensional.

"We've still decided to use sprites for buildings and people", Franz explained. "The resolution can't be matched in 3D, and we wanted it to be very detailed and 'personal', and sprites give the level of detail necessary to suspend one's disbelief."

This is similar to the philosophy behind the mixed 2D/3D approach behind the Myth series by Bungie. Tropico should be released early 2001 for both Mac and PC by Gathering of Developers.

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