Cities: Skylines has received a load of new content that’s free to download now, publisher Paradox Interactive has announced.
The new update, which brings the game up to version 1.1, is focused mainly on adding a more European flavor to the excellent city-building game. Three new European-themed maps have been added, along with 72 new buildings. The European buildings are able to be placed wall-to-wall too, so you can cram plenty of them into your city. You’ll need to play a map in the European biome before they become available to build in-game, however.
In addition, Tunnels have been added to the game, which the publisher says has been one of the most requested features by the game’s community, and several additions have been made to the asset editor, such as the ability to import custom vehicles.
A number of tweaks and bug fixes have also been made to the game. You can read the full patch notes over on the game’s official forum.
“Cities: Skylines will continue to follow the traditions set by other recent Paradox releases such as Crusader Kings II and Europa Universalis IV of paid expansions combined with large updates of free content ensuring that all players, whether they choose to purchase the expansions or not, will have plenty of new features to look forward to,” said Brand Manager Jakob Munthe. “One of the major differences, however, between those titles and Cities: Skylines will be that minor DLC updates will be uncommon. The majority of content updates will be significant upgrades and additions.”
In other words, expect plenty more content in the months and years ahead – something which will only please the game’s legions of fans.
One person who fell in love with the game’s charms is Bryan Shannon, who ironically worked on SimCity at Maxis Emeryville, before Electronic Arts closed the studio down. After losing his job at Maxis, Shannon took to Patreon, seeking crowdfunding that would enable him to create community-made content for Skylines full-time. He was successful too – at the time of writing he has 245 people funding him, netting him a total of $654.50 per building.
Upon its launch, gamers starved of a good city-building game snapped up Cities: Skylines. Not only did it manage to sell over 250,000 copies in its first day, but it ended up shifting over a million copies in its first month – impressive, when you consider that the city-building genre has traditionally been seen as a bit niche and, well, geeky.
Jay Adams reviewed Cities: Skylines for Continue Play, awarding it a well-deserved 9/10. “Overall, I have very few bad things to say about Cities: Skylines. It is an almost perfect city builder, managing to revive and re-energize a genre which has been going downhill in recent years, trading on past glories and nostalgia without adding anything meaningful,” Jay wrote in his Cities: Skylines review, before going on to conclude that that it’s “an almost perfect city builder … Colossal Order took a gamble, and it’s one that paid off.”
You can download the new update now by heading to the game in your Steam list.