Paradox Interactive announces Cities: Skyline 2

Nearly a decade after it first came out and supplanted Sim City, the popular city-building game is finally getting a sequel.

Cities: Skylines II, the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Cities: Skyline is finally here. Paradox Interactive officially announced the sequel earlier today at the Announcement Show.

Cities: Skylines 2 hopes to build on the success of the first game.

Paradox Interactive hosted a live event earlier today to reveal some of its upcoming titles and expansions to existing games. Among the projects scheduled to release in the next few years is the Cities: Skyline sequel.

The debut trailer was a fully cinematic reveal and did not show any of the gameplay. However, the publisher did give out a little bit of information about the upcoming game in a press release.

"A modern take on the city-building genre, Cities: Skylines II lets players create and maintain cities that come to life like never before, complete with fully-realized transport and economy systems, a wealth of construction and customization options, and advanced modding capabilities," the press release reads. "Revealed during the Paradox Announcement Show 2023, Cities: Skylines II evolves the city-building genre further, letting players build the cities of their dreams with the most open-ended city-building sandbox on the planet."

Cities: Skylines II will offer an expanded city-building toolset and new gameplay mechanics. The upcoming sequel will also support community-driven content with its advanced modding capabilities. As an open-ended sandbox, Cities: Skylines II will allow players to grow small towns into bustling metropolises featuring expansive transport systems and economies. Gamers will have to manage every little bit of the city down to individual city blocks.

Cities: Skylines launched in 2015 and filled the void left by EA’s failed attempt to reboot the famed SimCity franchise. Colossal Order has consistently added new content to the game since its debut. The game featured a dozen mainline expansions, featuring enhancements for the industries, education, parks, and airports in the game. Cities: Skyline will celebrate its eighth anniversary on March 10, 2023.

The sequel enhances the gameplay elements and systems of the original.

The mod and community support for Cities: Skylines is a huge part of the game’s positive reception. There are thousands of user-created content and assets for the original game on Steam. The most popular mods have over 2 million followers on Steam. This community-driven content improves essential gameplay mechanics such as road-building and traffic management.

There is no release date for Cities: Skylines II but the city-builder is coming to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

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