Publisher Kalypso Media and developer gaming Minds Studios have released Update 1.3 for trading simulator Port Royale 4. Available now to all PC players and coming to consoles soon, it is the game’s largest update yet, providing players with a number of fixes and new features.
The new update introduced the Declaration of Independence: 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.
Another new feature arriving with Update 1.3 is economic shocks – optional in-game events that can have positive or negative outcomes. The feature can be switched on in the game settings before starting a Free Game. Economic shocks are meant to shake things up and disturb the balance of the economic simulation for a while, bringing some winds of change to the Caribbean.
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.
Other updates include:
- Male Pirate and Trader as player character choices (female Buccaneer and Adventurer will follow in a later update)
- Town management improvements, including a drag and drop function for buildings
- Adjusted number scaling (capped prices for licenses and required fame in the late game)
- Adjustable war frequencies
- …and more