Cities: Skylines 2 Boss Addresses Toxicity; Warns To Pull Back Engagement With Players

The growing toxicity has concerned the studio CEO.

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  • The Cities: Skylines 2 studio CEO Mariina Hallikainen has provided an update on what is to come for the entry.
  • The boss clarified that toxicity levels have been rising in the game community lately, warning to pull back engagement.
  • Mariina says that the team is hesitant to interact with the fans due to toxicity. The dev welcomes constructive criticism.

Cities: Skylines 2 was released to a mixed reception due to rampant bugs and missing features. Therefore, the players were quite upset with the sequel, which caused a slew of toxicity to brew in the community. Most of it has been targeted towards the devs of the game. Now, the Colossal Order CEO has provided an update about what is to come for the game in the coming months and issued an ultimatum to fans while addressing toxicity.  

The studio boss, Mariina Hallikainen, elaborated that the levels of toxicity have been increasing as of late. She included that “it is something we have not experienced to this extent before” and is also targeted towards fellow players due to increased tension. It has resulted “in people hesitating to engage with the community.” It will eventually discourage creativity and modding in Cities: Skylines 2 player base and reduce devs’ morale.

We have always treasured having the devs present on the different social platforms and having direct communication with the community, but our biggest responsibility will always be protecting the team and making sure they work in a safe environment so they are allowed to do their best staying motivated and productive.”

She asked the Cities: Skylines 2 fans whether the only option left now is to “pull back our engagement on our end?” To avoid such a scenario, the CEO wants to work out a solution to keep the devs active in development and interaction with fans. She has also requested players to give constructive criticism to the game and healthily disagree with others. 

Additionally, the blog update touches on the editor mode. It will be ready for closed beta in the next few weeks. Before that, a patch will also come out to address some bugs and glitches.


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This is not the first time a statement by the studio boss caught the attention of the broader gaming scene. Once, while replying to criticism, she replied with, “It just might not be for you,” which caused a lot of displeasure in the fandom. The CEO later apologized for the statement and admitted it came out the wrong way.

Cities: Skylines 2 came out on October 24, 2023, for PC. It is also expected to drop on consoles in Q2 2024, but no release date has been finalized. eXputer’s Asad Ahmed reviewed the sequel with a decent 3.5/5 score and called it “an unfinished mess of a gamebecause of flawed optimization and notable features that were missing after launch.

For players just joining the fray, I suggest making a stop at our how to deal with garbage guide to ensure you can keep citizens happy and streets as spotless as possible. 
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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to devoutly keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. His articles have been cited by VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more. Experience: 4+ Years

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