City-building aficionados are on the edge of their seats as they eagerly await the impending release of Cities: Skylines 2, the sequel to the highly acclaimed urban simulation game.
Announced in March 2023, this next installment is poised to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, promising an even more immersive and intricate city-building experience. Developer Colossal Order has been keeping fans engaged with sneak peeks through Twitter Q&A sessions and a recent presentation at Gamescom 2023. As we approach the October release date, let’s delve into everything we currently know about Cities: Skylines 2.
When does Cities: Skylines 2 come out?
The highly anticipated release of Cities: Skylines 2 is locked in for October 24, 2023. With this release date just around the corner, fans won’t have to endure a lengthy wait before immersing themselves in the realm of urban planning and governance.
What platforms will Cities: Skylines 2 be on?
The game will be accessible on various platforms, including PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. Furthermore, it will be a day-one offering on Xbox Game Pass so you play the game from its debut if you have a subscription. Precise details regarding availability for both Xbox and PC Game Pass subscribers remain pending.
Cities: Skylines 2 is a glimpse into Paradox Interactive’s future plans
While the recently unveiled trailers for the game do not showcase actual gameplay, they provide valuable insights into the vision of Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order. The gameplay trailer, unveiled at the Xbox Games Showcase in June, provides a tantalizing preview of the creative possibilities that await players.
Get pre-order perks for Cities: Skylines
Those who opt to pre-order Cities: Skylines 2 will be rewarded with an enticing array of bonuses. These include access to nine unique buildings inspired by iconic landmarks, such as the London Eye and Notre Dame. Additionally, pre-orders grant access to a map based on the geography of Tampere, Finland, the hometown of developer Colossal Order.
You get an expansion pass if you buy Cities Skylines – Ultimate Edition
Players choosing the Cities Skylines – Ultimate Edition will gain access to the Expansion Pass. This pass encompasses instant access to the San Francisco set, an assets pack, and a radio station scheduled for release in Q4 2023. Further content, including a content creator pack and additional radio stations, is slated for launch in Q1 and Q2 of 2024.
All new and better gameplay
Cities: Skylines 2 promises to revolutionize the city-building experience. Players can expand their cities across a staggering 150 map tiles within a single city, a substantial leap from the nine tiles available in the original game. Prepare to confront natural disasters such as hailstorms, tornados, and forest fires, previously available only as DLC content. The game also offers an in-depth citizen simulation, allowing players to follow a citizen’s life from childhood to old age.
Lots of customization options
Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive, highlights the unparalleled level of customization and player control in Cities: Skylines 2. Players can manage everything from individual households to transportation and the city’s economy. The game boasts advanced modding capabilities, establishing it as the most open-ended city-building sandbox to date.
Unique challenges in each Cities: Skylines 2 map
Each map in the game presents its own set of challenges, with climates impacting pollution, weather patterns, and seasonal variations. The choices players make will have far-reaching consequences thanks to intricate AI and economic systems. For those who revel in the minutiae of urban life, it’s even possible to follow specific citizens in their daily routines.
Will Cities: Skylines 2 have multiplayer?
Cities: Skylines 2 won’t have multiplayer. Despite speculation about multiplayer support, the developers have firmly stated that there are no plans to include it in Cities: Skylines 2. According to Colossal Order, resources required for multiplayer would detract from enhancing the core single-player experience.