Cities: Skylines - Parklife Dev Diary #4: Maps and tree noise reduction

Cities: Skylines - Parklife Dev Diary #4: Maps and tree noise reduction

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Introduction to maps and terrain props, tree noise reduction and new animals

Today's topic is one that we all must've been waiting for: New Maps.

We've designed 5 new maps to fit the theme of Parklife DLC which means the maps will have forests, uneven terrain, ruins and other terrain features that offer good opportunities for building interesting Parks and Cities. Now I am going to give you all a sneak peak into one of my favorite new maps: Pine Rivers which has a Boreal theme. Pine Rivers is ideal for nature paths through the forests, creating huge Park Areas and specializing in ore industry. It has multiple smaller rivers that I think forms an interesting base for a City. But you don't have to take my word for it. Check it out yourself!
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Plenty of room and directions to expand my City in Pine Rivers.

It is also worth to mention that new terrain props together with new trees and vegetation are included in free update so even without Parklife you are able to beautify your maps with park-like areas! And those who will own Parklife should remember that placing these terrain props inside your Park Area also increases the Park's total Entertainment value!

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Let's hope nobody's home!

Tree Noise Reduction Effect
As a part of the free update we have redone the logic for tree props, like in real life the tree will now reduce Noise Pollution!

To achieve this the system will calculate the density of tree in an area and create heat map based on that data. Places that have higher concentration of tree will have more pronounced effect.

Let's imagine this scenario from in-game. You've built a new fancy train station near the residential zone so your Cims can more easily access work from their homes, you'd imagine they would be super happy? And you would be correct, there is less traffic and everyone gets to work faster. But those ungrateful Cims now complain about the Noise pollution coming from the train station. So a decision was made to plant new trees facing the residential zones to reduce the Noise Pollution. Now your Cims can fully enjoy the convenience of nearby train station without having their ears bleed all day.

For further gameplay tips we would like to remind that a lonely tree won't do much. But a small forest between a highway and residential area will help keep your Cims ears in much better condition. And also the distance is a factor. The further away the trees are from the source of the Noise Pollution, the weaker the dampening effect is.

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Before and after the Mayors Trees Against Noise Pollution Initiative.

New animal models

Parklife DLC comes with a horde of new animal models that can be used on maps by placing down Exotic Wildlife Spawn Points in the Map Editor. These markers then spawn suitable animals for the map's theme and also work in water so now you can spot Dolphins, Manta Rays and Humpback Whales swimming around! In Asset Editor you can place Animal Markers of a specific animal type on your creations. You are able to choose for example from Antelopes, Chimpanzees, Flamingos, Giraffes, Gorillas, Lions, Reindeers, Swans and Rhinos. Note that Bison and Moose markers are included in free update! Creating your own animal parks has never been this easy.

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Sweet harmony.

Cheers,
Cities: Skylines dev team :)
 

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Fantastic - I've always wanted trees to reduce noise pollution like that, and those animals will definitely liven up the environment!
 

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Ooooh! Early dev diary this week!

I'm liking the look of this more and more with each update!

9 days to go lads!
 

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This is getting better and better. Now for downtown Chimpanzees. Can we get a Chirper spawner too ? Pretty please. :)
 

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Will there be? :
animal spawners
veterinarians/animal health care
PETA activists
hunting season policy
wild animal smugglers/criminals
park police

???
 

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Just to ask for clarification; we can only place animal spawners when creating maps or editing assets? So we can't place animals down once a save game has been created?
 

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I might stick an elephant spawner in the mountains for that sweet historical reference.
 

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oh boy.... bout time the Trees had more than a pretty function. and new animals! i wonder...will Cims get a pet other than a golden retriever? i think EVERY city should have at least one CRAZY CAT LADY!
 

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Just to ask for clarification; we can only place animal spawners when creating maps or editing assets? So we can't place animals down once a save game has been created?

This is correct, the spawners are placed in the map editor.
 

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Thanks for the details. Nice touch about the water animals, I find games often neglect the water beautification aspect.

Does pollution have an effect on animal spawners? IRL water animals are especially known to be hyper-sensitive to pollution.

I have a few questions about modding:
  • will modders be able to add their own animals to the game and customize spawners (number of animals, spawn rate, eventual sensitivity to pollution...)?
  • can we use this sound dampening property on custom props, networks and buildings? I imagine modders will want to create draggable sound-blocking walls, or various props/buildings specifically designed to absorb sound.
  • it would be nice if different species of animals had an agression setting from peaceful to ferocious, at least as a modding possibility (perhaps you don't want to deal with attack animations, but modders can). Better have some fences between those lions and the walking snac... I mean Cims. This way we'd have all ingredients for a Jurassic Park mod ;) .
 

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@co_emmi Are existing maps going to be updated to account for these new editor options? Or will we have to mod them ourselves?
 

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@co_emmi Are existing maps going to be updated to account for these new editor options? Or will we have to mod them ourselves?

Existing maps won't be modified as some of the features like the new animals and props are available only for Parklife owners.
 

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Since this update pertains to trees, is there any chance you could make map-exclusive plants, like the Boreal Trees and Palm Plants, available for all map themess? European buildings are now available outside of the European map theme, so it seems like the trees should also be available to all of them.
 

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Does pollution have an effect on animal spawners? IRL water animals are especially known to be hyper-sensitive to pollution.

Holy smokes, I'd be so hyped if poop water temporarily stopped the spawners! Expecially of animal spawners increased attractiveness.
 

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@co_emmi I'd love to have an answer to my modding questions above (if possible).

Holy smokes, I'd be so hyped if poop water temporarily stopped the spawners! Expecially of animal spawners increased attractiveness.
Would be great isn't it? :)
I find that the best way a simulation game can evolve is by linking it's various systems together to create emergent behaviour. That's how you avoid it ending up feeling like a pile of disconnected, unfinished ideas.