Cities: Skylines 2 Boss Says It “Just Might Not Be For You” In Response To Criticism

She apologized afterwards for the statement.

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  • Cities: Skylines 2 boss responded to criticism and said the game might not be for fans who dislike simulation.
  • She apologized for the remark afterward and said that they would do their best to improve the game.
  • The performance and other gameplay issues have also been addressed and will be fixed in the future.

The Cities: Skylines 2 boss and Colossal Order CEO Mariina Hallikainen has been under fire recently for a questionable response while addressing game criticisms to fans. The remark was made to the strategy sim fans who were pointing out feedback and the underlying issues with the simulation aspect of the title and how it works. The dev then clarified that for players who dislike simulation, the game might just not be for them.

When it comes to the gameplay and simulation we set goals for the game and we have reached those goals.
Surely there are issues that we’re looking into and fixing bugs, but the overall gameplay experience is what we aimed for. Cities: Skylines II is the better game compared to the first one. If you dislike the simulation, this game just might not be for you,” says CEO in response.

The CEO further talked about the bugs in place. Mariina mentioned that the issues with the game will be eventually fixed in the future. She says it is impossible to satisfy every Cities: Skylines 2 fan because the game is a subjective experience.

If there is a bug that ruins it for you there’s a good chance it’s fixed sometime in the future. Games are a subjective experience and it is impossible to please everyone. There’s a bugfixing patch on its way soon however, so hopefully we’ll be able to resolve at least some of the issues that may be a deal breaker for some.”

Additionally, she mentioned that the technical standard that is expected of Cities: Skylines 2 is still not met. The team will continue to work and improve the performance of the game and says that it is the reason why console releases have been delayed.


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Many fans have been offended by the response of the CEO and took to forums to share their views. “what an incredibly out of touch thing to say to your player base, given the state of their game,” said one Reddit user. Some have even expressed their disinterest in wanting to buy the title. The CEO quickly backtracked from her statement in a new response. 

I apologize for the formulation of my response above. My intent was to point out that while we do our best to improve the game we will never be able to please absolutely everyone. We are fixing bugs and improving the game combining our vision with the feedback and bug reports we’re getting from you, the community.”

Cities: Skylines 2 is a fantastic strategy despite its problems, but it can be difficult for new players to get a hang of managing a city. We suggest reading through our guide on how to efficiently manage taxes and educate the citizens before getting started.

The sequel is expected to drop on consoles in Q2 2024. eXputer’s Asad Ahmed reviewed the game with a 3.5/5 score and dubbed it “an unfinished mess of a game.

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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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