The folks at Last Day of Work are putting the finishing touches on the newest Virtual Villagers game, Virtual Villagers 4: The Tree of Life, and they gave Gamezebo an exclusive sneak peek at what players can look forward to when the game comes out!

The fourth game in the simulation series (following Virtual Villagers, Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children, and Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City) continues the story of the tribe of lost refugees on the mysterious island of Isola. The island’s chief is worried that life is slowly diminishing on the island and has selected a tribe of explorers to find the source of Isola’s troubles. They discover, and inevitably populate, the oldest and most hidden part of the island – the eastern shore. There, they’ll uncover mysteries, unravel the story of Isola, and save the Tree of Life.

New features include an updated user interface, dozens of achievements to earn, and what LDW promises is their most detailed and vivid map yet. There will also be a new select screen that lets players start with a custom tribe – for example, you could try starting the game with only children, or with a tribe full of nursing mothers!

Virtual Villagers 4: The Tree of Life is launching very soon. In the meantime, check out some screenshots for the game, and chat about it in our forum.