Publisher Kalypso Media and developer Gaming Minds Studios have shared that seafaring trade simulator Port Royale 4 has just received its largest update yet. Available now to all Windows PC players (with consoles soon to come) the free update weighs in at just under 500 MB and adds a staggering number of improvements, fixes and new features – such as player-created nations, deadlier and more intense naval combat and a variety of game-altering events like prohibition and plagues of locusts – that dramatically improve the game and deepen the player’s quest for booty and trade supremacy on the Caribbean. Those looking to check out Port Royale 4‘s enormous array of new features can pick up the game now at a rip-roaring 20% off as part of the Steam Autumn Sale.
An exhaustive new video outlining the huge changes arriving with the new update features below, while fans of lengthy reams of text can check out the full changelog over at the Kalypso Blog.
With the new update, independence has arrived in Port Royale 4 and upon achieving certain conditions, players can now succeed from their parent nation (France, Spain, England or the Netherlands). Once independence has been declared, players can opt for a new name for their sovereignty, update their flag to something more their speed, and even take part in a heated war with their former ruler.
The update also introduces ‘economic shocks’ – optional in-game events which can have positive or negative outcomes and significantly impact how a player builds their trade empire. These can range from a plague of locusts, reducing the production of a player’s grain and corn, to a sudden spike in alcohol demand due to a church’s desire for a dry county.
Players will also now have to take extra care when engaging foes on the open seas and navigate deadly new hazards such as cliffs, sandbanks, carpets of algae and whirlpools – all of which can severely impact trade journeys and worse still, send a player, and all of his or her hard-earned booty, straight to Davy Jones.
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