This in-game scenario presents a city boasting slightly more than 100,000 residents. If you aspire to create a city of this scale on your own, be prepared for a playtime spanning around 20 to 30 hours. Such an extensive playthrough exceeds the typical two-hour testing window on Steam, after which game refunds are not an option.
To address this, I suggest you explore our provided scenario. This allows you to conveniently assess how smoothly (or conversely, how poorly) Cities: Skylines 2 performs as your city expands.
Cities: Skylines 2 offers a user-friendly mechanism for sharing savegames among one another, even if you have different Steam accounts. Thus, you should be able to utilize our shared savegame as soon as the game is officially launched.
I anticipate that the same approach applies to the version available in the Microsoft Store. However, my ability to confirm this is currently limited due to a lack of access for testing purposes. Presumably, the only alteration in the provided instructions will involve the name of the final subfolder to which the savegame must be transferred.
Here's how to import the savegame:
Download the save file from this site.
Unzip the files contained in the ZIP archive to the following folder:
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\LocalLow\Colossal Order\Cities: Skylines II\Saves\[Steam ID].
Load the save file in the game.
Additional details to consider:
In case you haven't generated a save folder in Cities: Skylines 2 yet, the saves folder will not exist by default. However, you should be able to manually create it without encountering any issues.
When you manually navigate to the specified folder using Windows Explorer, you'll find the Users directory as the primary corresponding folder. The AppData folder is not visible by default. To make it visible, you must enable the "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" option in the Explorer or folder settings found in the "View" tab.
The final subdirectory with your Steam ID as its name is automatically generated the first time you save a game in Cities: Skylines 2. If you wish to locate your Steam ID beforehand, click on your profile name in the upper right corner of the Steam client and select "Account Details." The Steam ID can be located on the new page just beneath your capitalized profile name.
The city presented in this offered savegame was not intentionally designed to be perfect during its construction. Please regard it primarily as a performance test rather than an exemplar of an ideally built metropolis.
Additionally, the save file was created during the night, which might result in slightly lower performance compared to daytime. However, the performance disparity is not substantial. If you still wish to view the city during daylight hours, you can disable the visual day-night cycle in the Gameplay Options as per your preference.