Publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Colossal Order have announced a delay for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of strategy title Cities: Skylines 2. The postponement aims to bring those platforms up to the same quality standard as the PC release still slated for October 24th.
In a statement, the companies cited a need for more time to focus on matching performance and gameplay across all versions. As a result, the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S editions have shifted to a Spring 2024 release window from their originally planned October date.
Pre-orders for the console ports will be automatically refunded in full, including both digital and physical purchases. Customers are advised to check each platform’s refund policy for estimated processing time before seeing funds returned.
PC Version Still On Track for October 24th Launch
Addressing concerns on their forums, Paradox clarified the PC version remains on track for October 24th as planned. The game will also be available via Xbox Game Pass for PC that same day, with the console editions to follow on Game Pass in 2024 upon release.
Delaying a version to improve technical aspects is an understandable, if difficult, decision. It no doubt disappoints console owners eager to build new city masterpieces this fall alongside PC architects.
However, ensuring all Cities: Skylines II fans receive the same optimised experience outweighs launching unfinished products. This measured patience to get things right also reflects Paradox and Colossal Order’s passion for the franchise.
Of course, the companies now face extra pressure delivering on this extended window. But additional polish time has rescued many troubled games before launch. The faint silver lining is more anticipation building for when the strategy game does expand to new frontiers.
There was recently a typo mistake in a promotional article by the creators that had fans scratching their heads in confusion. It was all cleared up in the end via social media but this new hurdle will not go down too well with the community either.
This challenging setback epitomises game development’s unpredictability. Some last minute fine-tuning was deemed necessary, even on a prestigious sequel years in the making. For creators, pursuing the vision must come before schedules.
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When the city building strategy title eventually touches down across all platforms, mayors everywhere will celebrate together. This minor course correction keeps that bright horizon clear, even if a little more distant than first hoped.
Cities: Skylines II Arrives on PC October 24th and on consoles Spring 2024.
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