You Must Survive Armageddon in Cities: Skylines' Newest Expansion

Natural Disasters arrives this winter.

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Paradox today announced the next expansion for its popular city-building game, Cities: Skylines. Titled Natural Disasters, this "meatier" expansion due this winter challenges players to survive Armageddon.

Players will face a series of city-destroying emergencies that can happen "unexpectedly" during the game; they can also be triggered manually. This option is for players "seeking a challenge or some sort of gruesome, vindictive pleasure," Paradox said in a press release.

"Buildings and infrastructure will be destroyed, fire can spread across locations, and countless lives may be lost unless players implement the right emergency plans and responses and keep an ear on the new radio alert system," reads a line from the expansion's description.

Some of the disasters that can happen include horrible things like fires and meteor strikes. The expansion also adds a new Scenario Mode where players can create disaster challenges and share them with friends and the community at large through the Steam Workshop.

Here is a rundown of the Natural Disasters expansion, as written by Paradox:

  • Deep, Impactful Gameplay: Keep your city going through the devastation of several possible doomsday scenarios, from towering infernos to the day the sky exploded
  • With Great Power Comes Great Response Abilities: Plan for, and respond to, disasters using early warning systems, countermeasures, and new disaster responses such as helicopters and evacuations--finally, a Paradox game where "Comet Sighted" actually means something
  • Radio Saved the Video Game: Citizens can go Radio Ga-Ga with a new broadcast network, helping to rapidly spread evacuation warnings and emergency alerts--or simply relax to new in-game music stations
  • An Objectively Good Feature: Scenario Mode allows players to design custom game objectives, including custom starting cities, win conditions, time limits, and more--and share scenarios to Steam Workshop
  • Chirpocalypse Now: Heck yeah, new hats for Chirper

Natural Disasters is Skylines' third expansion, following After Dark and Snowfall. For more on the game and its expansions, check out GameSpot's reviews below.

Skylines is developed by Colossal Order. By Paradox's latest count, the game has sold more than 2 million copies.

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