Although much of the way Sim Settlements 2 works will be familiar to users of Sim Settlements, there are many new features, and some things function differently.
¶ ASAM Sensors
The ASAM Sensor is a tool that allows you to create and manage building plots. The ASAM Sensor functions have been changed slightly since Sim Settlements 1. Please see the link below for details:
In Sim Settlements 2, you can build Salvage Beacons and a new Mark I Beacon. Salvage Beacons alert dispatch caravans to come collect items the player has dropped in a container. Mark I Beacons are for gathering salvage in locations you have cleared hostiles from. These are unlocked through gameplay, and allow some of your settlers to carry out retrieval missions out in the Commonwealth. Please see the link below for details:
¶ City Manager 2078 Holotape
The City Manager Holotape, found in the "MISC" tab of your inventory, gives you options to configure many of the settings in Sim Settlements 2. The holotape has been restructured since Sim Settlements 1. Please see the link below for details:
In your City Manager 2078 Holotape, select Options>Tools>Hijacks
The Hijack menu first appears after an SS2 door becomes available. Then each new door that appears for various story content will be added to that menu.
Each door can be set to "Available" or "Disabled" for doors that lead to custom cells
For Example: Nightingales Camp
For doors that lead to a hijacked version of a cell, like Vault 75 instead of Available/Disabled it will say "Hijacked" or "Vanilla".
If any of the SS2 story hijacks is preventing you from accessing something in the base game or another mod, you can use this option to toggle back and forth between the SS2 version and the base game version.
¶ City Manager Tools Holotape
The City Manager Tools Holotape is craftable at the City Planner's Desk. It provides you with the ability to modify the position of HUD panels, and provides several useful tracking tools to help with settlement management.
¶ City Planner's Desk
The City Planner's Desk plays a significant role in the management of your settlements in Sim Settlements 2, even if you aren't using a City Plan. It is a piece of furniture you can build from your workshop menu (under Sim Settlements 2 > Furniture) which allows you to manage your settlements. Please see the link below for details:
¶ The HUD Interface
The HUD (Heads-up-Display) shows you the details of your settlements' plots. The workshop HUD has been greatly expanded since Sim Settlements 1 to allow you to view all of the new information needed to successfully develop your settlements. Please see the link below for details:
¶ Resources and Scrap
Scrap is a critical component in Sim Settlements 2. It is used to build, upgrade, and maintain the plots in your settlements. Sim Settlements 2 now divides the various forms of junk and scrap you find in the commonwealth into several categories of resources that you'll need to build and upgrade your plots. Please see the link below for details:
¶ Virtual Storage
Virtual Storage is where resources that are dedicated to the building and maintenance of your settlements is placed, both by the player and by your Industrial Plots. Please see the link below for details:
¶ Vit-o-Matic Vigor Tester
The Vit-o-Matic plays a significant role in the management of your settlers in Sim Settlements 2, allowing you to check their S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats and what plots they are allocated to. Please see the link below for details:
Sim Settlements 2 adds an additional build menu for plots and other things needed to build up your settlements, along with some additional tools.
¶ Workshop Framework
Workshop Framework, which is required for Sim Settlements 2, has a number of options available for you to modify how settlements function. Please see the link below for details: