After the disappointment of the rebooted SimCity, Cities: Skylines came through and returned us to all the glory and majesty of classic SimCity titles. But it was missing one notable feature from those original games. Disasters. What good is building a bustling metropolis if you can’t burn it to the ground? Thankfully, a new expansion is set to correct that oversight.
The Natural Disasters expansion will add destructive effects ranging from fires to meteor strikes, which can either happen randomly or after the press of a button from a particularly nefarious mayor. You’ll have to build an emergency response network including rescue vehicles and radio warning systems to ensure your citizens survive.
Radio’s not just for disaster response, as it will also add some new in-game music stations. An even bigger new feature comes in the form of Scenario Mode, which will let players design custom objectives with custom cities, time limits, and win conditions, and either upload or download these scenarios from the Steam Workshop.
All that, and new hats for Chirper. Sounds like a solid set of new features for Skylines, and I look forward to seeing everything Natural Disasters adds when it launches this winter.