You know when developers lie about a game and release it ridden with bugs and performance issues? Almost like every game we have played in the last few years? Well, Paradox Interactive is at least giving us the heads-up about its upcoming Cities: Skylines 2 sim. The developer has warned players that the game will be released on 24 October but expect some nasty performance issues.
Cities: Skylines 2 was announced in 2023 as an ambitious sequel to the Cities series. Paradox Interactive originally planned on releasing the game across PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC on launch day. However, the game was recently delayed on consoles until Q2 of 2024. Already that was a warning sign of things to come. We now have had confirmation from the studio itself that the PC version comes with its own issues.
It is likely too late to delay the PC launch of Cities: Skylines 2 at this point but Paradox Interactive says transparency was important ahead of the PC release. Naturally, players can expect improvements and updates added to the game on a constant basis as the team tries to get it to the level they want it to be at.
“As we’ve always believed in transparency, we’d like to further shed some light on the current state of the build. Cities: Skylines II is a next-gen title, and naturally, it demands certain hardware requirements. With that said, while our team has worked tirelessly to deliver the best experience possible, we have not achieved the benchmark we targeted. In light of this, we still think for the long-term of the project, releasing now is the best way forward. We are proud of the unique gameplay and features in Cities: Skylines II, and we genuinely believe that it offers a great experience that you will enjoy.
Paradox Interactive says the team wants to manage expectations so players aren’t thrown into an experience they weren’t promised.
“We will continually improve the game over the coming months, but we also want to manage expectations on performance for the coming release. Our ambition is for Cities: Skylines II to be enjoyed by as many players as possible, and we’re committed to ensuring it reaches its full potential. Thanks for your understanding and continuous support. We’re lucky to have a community as passionate and dedicated as you.”
It has been a rough few weeks for Paradox Interactive. The studio recently deemed its Xbox Game Pass launch-day title, The Lamplighters League a failure after its weak commercial reception. The studio says it has been a disappointment. There’s no doubt this Cities: Skylines 2 news is going to impact sales of the game too.