Developer Two Point Studios’ light-hearted medical management sim Two Point Hospital has been gripped with eco-fever, and it’s introducing a host of environmentally minded challenges next week, 18th March, in its newest PC expansion, Off The Grid.
“Tabitha Windsock, Two Point County’s ever-present mayor, has put rivers and forests back on the map with her sudden concern for ‘green-issues'”, explains Two Point Studios in the spirit of scene-setting, and you’ll be able to support her eco-friendly initiative by setting your sights on three new locations across Two Point County.
Over in the agricultural community of Wanderoff County Park, hospital funding will be awarded based on a player’s Wellness Index score, which can be increased by focussing on improving six criteria: staff and patient happiness, attractiveness, hygiene, reputation, and cure rate.
The quaint, riverside town of Old Newpoint, meanwhile, brings its own green-fingered twist to the usual Two Point Hospital formula. “Keep everyone fed and watered by growing your own fruit and vegetables, and collecting rainwater”, explains Two Point Studios – and you’ll also need to rely on medicinal Herb Gardens to treat the region’s “most herbaceous afflictions”.
Last up is Windsock City, a sleek, eco-friendly metropolis. Here, traditional power plants are out and players will need to build their own green energy machines – whether that be wind turbines, solar panel, or hydro-dam – in order to stay switched-on and self-sufficient. Generated power is used to open new rooms in a hospital, or can be allocated to the Patient Flow and Staff Applicants systems, used to influence transport in and out of the city.
Of course, a new expansion means new ailments too, and Off The Grid introduces a range of new visual illnesses – including Harebrained, Root Snoot, and Perforated Thoughts – alongside non-visual variants, such as Bodily Druids, Flappy Hamper, and Tenderbox.
You can also expect a range of (mostly) eco-themed new items to decorate your hospital with, including a rainwater collector, a door between dimensions, and “what can only be described as one of the best butter churners in video games”.
Two Point Hospital’s Off The Grid expansion comes to Steam next week on 18th March, and will cost 6.99/$8.99 USD. There’s also 10% off for those that pre-purchase before launch day.