Kalypso Media’s fifth instalment to the Tropico series has been banned outright in Thailand
Polygon has reported on Thailand’s decision to ban the game Tropico 5. The game was released on PC back in May, but Thailand’s military government feels it’s ‘not appropriate’ for the country to allow it to be sold within its borders.
In Tropico 5 you manage a country and shape it as you wish, from the colonial era all the way through World War 2, the Cold War and into the present day. Oh yeah, and you’re a dictator.
Thailand’s elected government was overthrown in May 2014 by its military, which then went on to suspend the country’s constitution and enforce a nationwide curfew between the hours of 22:00 and 05:00.
Speaking to the Associated Press about Tropico 5, New Era Thailand’s (a local distributor) Marketing Manager, Nonglak Sahavattanapong said, “some part of its content might affect peace and order in the country.”
A further explanation was not provided by the censorship office of Thailand’s Culture Ministry, in a statement received by the distributor on Monday.
Nonglak commented further by saying, “actually it's a good game with positive reviews. We've had licenses to distribute Tropico 3 and 4 before, but in the fifth installment, the story line has developed further and there might be some part of it that's not appropriate in the current situation.”
We’ll bring you further updates as and when they happen.
Thailand’s military government bans a game that allows dictatorship. What do you think?