A typo in one of Cities: Skylines 2‘s promotional articles has led to a significant amount of confusion from the community, as it suggested that the game would feature a substantially larger playing area than actually appears to be present. Though the developer, Colossal Order, quickly chimed in to correct the misinformation, the community is now unhappy with what has actually been said.

Some already believed that Cities: Skylines 2 may have bitten off too much, and this new controversy in the making may add more fuel to the proverbial fire. Though the majority of the game’s showcases up until now have been fairly promising, the amount of actual playable terrain is a particularly noteworthy point of contention, and it remains to be seen how the situation will develop ahead of the game’s September launch window.


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Specifically, Colossal Order recently explained that Cities: Skylines 2 would offer maps that stretch up to 159 square kilometers in total, which corrected the previously posted 175 square kilometer claim. The devs didn’t provide any further insight as to what, exactly, this means, but some in the community are quite unhappy with this development, as it suggests that the actual playing area may end up being smaller than what was available in the original, albeit modded, Cities: Skylines game.

A handy map comparison posted by Twitter user AgentAlways illustrates the issue. Notably, though the supposed max level size of Skylines 2 is a fair bit larger than that of the original title, it still falls short of the modded version of the game, and since the majority of the community relied on this mod, it was considered to be the baseline of what was expected from the new game. At the same time, it is worth highlighting that Cities: Skylines 2‘s unique buildings should add more variety than was previously possible.

While there’s no question about the sequel’s bolstered complexity and depth, as seen in the surprisingly good Xbox Games Showcase, it may be hard for Colossal Order to shake off the community’s concerns about the map size. Of course, pure map size is hardly the measure of a good city builder, but it’s not hard to see why some fans may be disappointed with this development.

Naturally, there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the game, especially for those who never truly got around to filling out all 81 modded tiles available in the original Skylines, as it really is an awful lot of open space. Those who just can’t wait until October, though, may want to stick around with the old title, as Cities: Skylines is getting some exciting DLC ahead of the sequel’s release, with an all-new mini expansion being a notable highlight.

Cities Skylines 2 is coming out on October 24, 2023, for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

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