Eight years and 12 million sales later, Cities: Skylines gets a sequel. Cities: Skylines II is due out in 2023 on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series consoles, from original developer Colossal Order and publisher Paradox Interactive. The new simulator will offer expanded tools and mechanics, and most importantly for the series’ existing community, it will support advanced modding capabilities. Cities: Skylines II will allow players to transform small villages into bustling metropolises and then implement detailed construction, transportation, industry and economy systems.
the original Cities: Skylines came out in 2015 and filled the void left by EA after its disappointing reboot of Sim City. Colossal Order has constantly updated its city-builder since its launch: in addition to purchasable assets, the simulation received a dozen core gameplay expansions that fundamentally rebuilt its systems for industry, education, parks and airports. THE Cities: Skylines today is completely different from the game that arrived in 2015.
Community mods and assets are an important part of the Cities: Skylines success story. There are hundreds of thousands of user-created free assets for the game on Steam, and its most popular mods have over 2 million subscribers, improving core mechanics like road building and traffic management. A thriving YouTube community has grown up around the game, with (and real!) Urban planners offering advice and presenting constructions through hundreds of episodes. The game attracted over 5.5 million new players in 2022 alone.
colossal order says Cities: Skylines II has “fully realized transportation and economy systems, a wealth of build and customization options, and advanced modding capabilities”. the original Cities: Skylines will celebrate its eighth anniversary on March 10, and Colossal Order promises more information about the sequel in the coming months.
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