Cities Skyline, Mostly Sunny With a Chance of Meteors

Posted on 01 Dec 2016 by
Lee Braden

As mentioned last week, the new Natural Disasters DLC for Cities: Skylines has been released, and it’s pretty sweet. Bringing in meteors, tsunami’s, wildfires and earthquakes to name a few, to the great city builder, and even if you are feeling evil, the ability to cause it yourself, reminding one of the good old days of SimCity. 

Also included in today’s patch was a Scenario Editor, and with a tie-in to the Steam Workshop so you can post challenges to others and see how they fair. Also included is a new in-game radio station to listen to while busying yourself with emergency shelters. I was chatting to a friend who was able to play the new expansion a few days early, and his only complaint was that he had the disasters happening a bit too regularly, but also agreed that could have been a setting he missed somewhere along the way.

So, if you haven’t picked up the base game yet, no time like the present, currently on sale with a nice 75% off discount until tomorrow, December 2nd. Then head on over to Steam and get the latest expansion,  and wind down, or get busy trying to deal with a meteor strike hitting the motorway in.

Official Press Release

STOCKHOLM – Nov. 29, 2016 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games* (this asterisk indicates disaster risk), today released a new expansion for Cities: Skylines from developer Colossal Order. The expansion, titled “Natural Disasters,” is now available for Cities: Skylines players for  from digital retailers worldwide for Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs for $14,99 / £10,99 / EUR €14,99.

The new expansion adds a calamitous collection of new features to Cities: Skylines, including new systems for disaster alerts and response — and of course the disasters themselves, which can occur randomly, or be triggered deliberately by monstrous mayors who have never liked their citizens. The game has also been updated today with a free Scenario Editor, allowing all players to design custom game objectives and share their scenarios via Steam Workshop. Also added for free is a new in-game radio station with a set of pleasant city-building tunes; owners of the Natural Disasters expansion will also get emergency broadcasts and early warnings via the radio. Natural Disasters is available here:

Natural Disasters includes the following features:

  • Deep, Impactful Gameplay: Meteor strikes, forest fires, tsunamis, earthquakes, and more will destroy districts and devastate estates
  • With Great Power Comes Great Response Abilities: Plan for, and respond to, disasters using early warning systems, countermeasures, and new disaster responses such as helicopters and evacuations
  • This is Not a Test (but it is just a game): New radio systems put the station in devastation with disaster warnings and free in-game music
  • An Objectively Good Feature: A series of pre-made scenarios challenge players with various objectives and conditions, showing off the new free Scenario Editor
  • Chirpocalypse Now: Sweet new hats for Chirper, man

In addition to Natural Disasters, Paradox has also released an additional piece of musical DLC for the game’s new in-game radio feature. “Relaxation Station,” available for $3.99, £2.79, €3,99, adds 20 new songs from composer Tobias Gustavsson, allowing players to relax while they re-district to the smooth sounds of jazz, lounge, groove, and Caribbean tunes. Or, if you prefer to expand rather than destroy, a new Content Creator Pack is available today from star modder Mauro “GCVos” Vos, including a set of fifteen new high-tech creations, for $4.99, £3.99, €4,99. Add them to your city before a meteor crushes them!

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