To coincide with new Sunset Harbour expansion.
You’re not exactly stuck for choice as far as free games on PC goes right now, but if you’re eager to sling another candidate on the tottering pile, then superb city builder Cities: Skylines is currently free to play all weekend on Steam.
Cities: Skylines has, of course, been around the block a few times by now; it initially launched in 2015, where it successfully managed to capitalise on the less-than-stellar reception of 2014’s SimCity, attracting players looking for a more robust set of city building options – even if Eurogamer contributor Daniel Starkey felt it lacked its own identity on release.
Since then, however, Cities: Skylines has received a heap of new content in the form of both free and paid updates, significantly expanding the core experience.
Indeed, the newly launched Sunset Harbour update – which introduces new maps and a new fishing industry mechanic – brings the total number of major paid expansions up to nine, and that’s not counting publisher Paradox Interactive’s various bits of music and cosmetic DLC.
Anyone interested in taking the vanilla Cities: Skylines experience for a spin can do so for free on Steam right now until Monday, 30th March. And you’re suitably impressed, there’s 80% off the game (and discounts across its paid DLC), bringing the price down to £4.59.