The release of Cities: Skylines 2 is almost approaching, and in preparation, developer Colossal Order has been teasing players with announcements of a plethora of new and improved features.
Cities: Skylines 2, releasing on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC on October 24, 2023, improves upon the first game in a number of ways and adds a plethora of new features that are sure to please players both new and old. The user can construct a city and oversee its economy and populace in much more detail than in the original simulation game.
Do you want to learn more about the independence you’ll enjoy in creating your ideal city? This article contains all the information currently available about Cities: Skylines 2.
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City Skylines 2 Release Date
According to Paradox Interactive, Cities Skylines 2 will be available on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. In addition to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S releases, the game will also be available on PC via Steam with Game Pass access from launch.
Is Cities Skylines 2 Available on Game Pass?
Cities Skylines 2 is available on Game Pass. The Xbox Games Showcase has confirmed that it will be available on the first day of release for Game Pass users, thus the base game will be playable right away.
Cities Skylines 2 Trailer
In honor of the 8th anniversary of the first Cities: Skylines, the announcement trailer for the sequel was published. The movie trailer depicts a metropolis in fast expansion, from the underlying infrastructure to the surface streets and structures. Changes in the environment and the passage of time contribute to its evolution. At the end of the story, the city has developed into a fully functional metropolis.
Cities: Skylines 2 is more of a simulation game than an action game, thus there isn’t really any overt plot, but there are systemic and player-specific stories that emerge as players create and develop their own cities.
At the Xbox Games showcase, a brief preorder promo featuring solely in-game footage was displayed. The trailer’s primary goal is to demonstrate how much control you, the player, have over the game’s environment.
The makers have been releasing a series of films that aren’t quite trailers, but they do outline the game’s new and returning features and explain how they’ll function in the sequel. The final installment of these is scheduled for release on September 11. Check out the ones that are dedicated to:
- Road Tools
- Traffic AI
- Public and Cargo transportation
- Zones and signature buildings
- City Services
- Electricity and Water
Even though they aren’t available just yet, we now know that seven others will feature:
- Maps and themes
- Climate and seasons
- Economy and production
- Citizen Simulation and Lifepath
- Game progression
- Sound and Music
- Cinematic camera and photo mode
It would be extremely tedious to go into depth about each of these aspects here, but you can learn more about them by visiting the official site.