Depends who you ask, definitely not for me. I'm not much of a sandbox person, never really enjoyed stuff like Skylines or Minecraft or some such - i.e. here's a bunch of toys and make your own fun. I've always preferred more structured, goal-based gameplay like Settlers or Anno. Absolutely loved the survivalist, rogue-like twist in Frostpunk 1.If all of this is as sandboxy as it should be it might actually be quite a solid improvement on the first game
F1 is in my Top10 of the last decade, F2 is my most anticipated game rn and if they actually plan to abandon what made the first game so unique and go for a more traditional sandboxy city building my face's gonna be tired and sad.