- Cities: Skylines 2 is a brand-new city-building simulator by Colossal Order.
- The sequel to the 2015-released Cities: Skylines is getting more content next year.
- The decision comes in an attempt to prioritize fixing the base game instead of releasing DLC.
Colossal Order is back at it again with a fresh and improved city-building simulator in 2023, thereby putting out the sequel to Cities: Skylines from 2015. Although the game has been both praised and criticized in certain areas over the course of its October release, the developer has recently released a content roadmap plan for Cities: Skylines 2, letting fans in on what to expect moving forward.
From the looks of it, Colossal Order has delayed the roll-out of additional content for the game to emphasize fixes for the base game first. At the moment, player reports are pouring in, illustrating how Cities: Skylines 2 is overrun with bugs and that the title needs a fair amount of polish at the earliest. It’s a good sign though that the developer has its priorities right as far as the simulator is concerned.
In light of our commitment to improve the game performance and to prioritize the mods editor availability, there have been adjustments made to the Expansion Pass post-launch content timeline. This decision to delay certain content releases has been made as we are focusing on improving the game’s performance, in line with what has already been done over the past weeks.”
As for the release roadmap, fans can expect a new Asset Pack in the name of Beach Properties along with a new radio station to make landfall in the first quarter of 2024. Next, more Creator Packs are coming in Q2 2024, followed by a couple of more radio stations to tune in on. Those who’d prefer going all in should look into the Expansion Pass for Cities: Skylines 2; it’s going to get you the Bridges and Ports expansion as well when that drops.
It bears mentioning that the Expansion Pass comes only paired with the game’s Ultimate Edition at the moment, so if you’ve already bought the Standard Edition, you will need to wait until the “first content” in Q1 is released. That’s when the Expansion Pass will be available for purchase separately as well, as confirmed by Colossal Order, although at a higher price than its Ultimate Edition version.
In another accompanying post on Paradox Forum, the devs have released a public statement for Cities: Skylines 2 players, outlining the current status of fixes, and the overall strategy that they intend to follow to improve the city-builder for everyone out there. Colossal notes that the next patch will include major performance improvements, but there’s no concrete release date for when it’s truly coming.
As we’re continuing to work on the improvements we’ll adjust the pace of the updates slightly so we won’t see a new patch every week going forward but will have a bit longer cadence between them. We have made it through the quicker fixes and we’re now digging into the ones that require a bit more work. The next patch is not yet scheduled as it has performance improvements pending that we absolutely want to include in it.”
Cities: Skylines 2 came out on October 24, 2023, for PC, and is plotted to be released for consoles sometime in 2024. eXputer’s Asad Ahmed rated the title 3/5, calling out its lacking content and performance pangs, while shedding light on the title’s scale and resource management features. If you’re a new player, you might want to know how to deal with garbage in the game.
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