Building and running a safe and efficient city can be fun, sure. Cities: Skylines [official site] is already great for that. You know what’s also fun? Smashing things. Cities: Skylines is now trying harder with that. Publishers Paradox today announced a new expansion for Colossal Order’s city-builder, named Natural Disasters. Oh yes!
Paradox say the Natural Disasters expansion “features a catalog of catastrophes to challenge mayor-players everywhere, including planning with early warning systems and emergency routes, devastating and destructive disaster effects, and caring for the populace as they struggle to rebuild.” Expect infernos, falling comets, and other things that can happen naturally or be triggered whenever you want to cause trouble.
Maybe you find it calming to watch chaos wash away your city, like waves swallowing a sandcastle. Perhaps you believe that the streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown, that the accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”, at which point you’ll look down and whisper “No.” For all I know, you might even want to save everyone.
That’s not all, mind. The expansion will bring a Scenario Mode which, Paradox say, “allows players to design custom game objectives, including custom starting cities, win conditions, time limits, and more – and share scenarios to Steam Workshop”. That’s nice, that.
It’ll also bring a broadcast network to spread emergency alerts or listen to new in-game radio stations.
Natural Disasters is coming some time this winter. Previous expansions have cost £10 or £11.