Next week sees the release of Cities: Skylines 2 on PC Game Pass, but sadly it sounds like a lot of players aren't going to be enjoying it to its fullest at launch. Despite some good reviews, there are also performance issues to be aware of.
In a recent update, Paradox Interactive admitted that the team hadn't "achieved the benchmark we targeted" with the PC release, and therefore it sounds as though the game will require a very powerful system in order to run. The plan is to "improve the game over the coming months" and "ensure it reaches its full potential".
"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."
There's definitely a fair bit of concern in the Cities: Skylines community, but the game itself has actually been getting some largely positive reviews so far. It currently has a Metacritic average of 77 based on almost 40 reviews.
We'll throw some examples below, and you can try the game for yourself as part of PC Game Pass on Tuesday, October 24th. The Xbox console release won't arrive until 2024, and it sounds like that's for the best right now!
God Is A Geek (8.5/10)
"While it does struggle under the weight of its own ambition a little, Cities: Skylines II is still a super addictive city sim."
"This is an excellent sequel, and an exciting foundation for what I’m sure will be a bright, addition-packed future. For those with weaker machines or a focus on performance, you may very well want to wait."
Game Informer (7.5/10)
"The sequel is ambitious and wants players to juggle hundreds of considerations as they build towards Elysium, and it delivers in that aspect. Yet, unfortunately, the game’s consistent technical problems tend to mire that calculated success."
"Cities: Skylines 2 is an ambitious sequel that might have bitten off more than it can chew – be prepared to do a lot of terraforming if you don't want your metropolis to look like a nightmare."