Cities Skylines 2 release date, trailers, gameplay, and news

The Cities Skylines 2 release date window has been confirmed, so here's everything we know so far including trailers, gameplay, news, and more.

Cities Skylines 2 release date: A huge cityscape on the horizon, with a green field and pink flowers in the foreground.

When is the Cities Skylines 2 release date? A sequel to the beloved city-builder was announced in March 2023 at Paradox Interactive’s announcement show, much to the delight of fans of the original which has just had its eight-year anniversary.

During the Paradox announcement show, Colossal Order CEO Mariina Hallikainen took the time to celebrate the anniversary of Cities Skylines, as well as the 5.5 million new players that the city-building game has picked up in the past year. This is everything we know about the Cities Skylines 2 release date, gameplay, trailers, and more.

Cities Skylines 2 release date: A jogger running down the street past a parked brown car

Cities Skylines 2 release date window and platforms

The Cities Skylines 2 release date is set for 2023, as confirmed in its announcement trailer. Given that the trailer itself only released a few months back, we can safely narrow down that window to late 2023.

You can wishlist the game right now on Steam to ensure you don’t miss out when the exact release date is revealed. Provided there are no delays, a 2023 release window means there’s not too long to wait in the grand scheme of things.

As well as PC, it was also revealed at the end of the teaser that Cities Skylines 2 is also coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

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Cities Skylines 2 trailers

There has only been one Cities Skylines 2 trailer showcased so far. While the announcement trailer doesn’t feature any actual gameplay, a powerful voiceover and some animated buildings shed some more light on what we can come to expect from the Cities Skylines sequel.

The trailer opens with a plant germinating, its roots growing through the ground. Soon melding with electrical wires, the camera follows them up to a lamppost on the outskirts of a distant city. While only cinematic, this snapshot is the first of many that show off stunning futuristic cities alongside bustling pedestrian areas and lush parks. Much like the original, it looks like Cities Skylines 2 is carefully imitating the dynamics of real cities whilst also offering players a chance to customise the landscape as much as possible.

Throughout the two-minute cinematic trailer, we see the humble beginnings and the evolution of an intricate metropolis. Seasons change, and buildings along the skyline grow taller, with bridges, roundabouts and highways to boot.

Notably, the trailer features a lot of unique pedestrians living independent lives and offers the line ‘this city has a story’. In one panning shot, we see a jogger, a city worker, a busy back alley, and a person scrolling through their phone. It appears that Colossal Order wants players to feel as though their cities are lived in, and the sequel may be focusing on developing that aspect of the experience.

Cities Skylines 2 release date: A birds-eye view of a roundabout with multiple cars driving round it and a tree in the middle.

Cities Skylines 2 gameplay

There hasn’t been a great deal of news on Cities Skylines 2 gameplay just yet. While there were many potential features seen and explained via the announcement trailer’s voiceover, it was primarily cinematic and did not feature actual gameplay. However, a list of Cities Skylines 2 Xbox achievements has surfaced, offering precious insight into what might be possible for players.

Notably, some achievements mention the impact of seasonal weather, and others reward destructive results. From tornados to meteors and even rat infestations, there appears to be no shortage of ways players may be punished as they expand higher and further. Whether these are random occurrences or come as a result of criteria being met is still unknown. The original Cities Skylines offered players an option to toggle off random disasters; fingers crossed that’s true of the sequel too. The ‘Snapshot’ achievement also suggests the sequel will have a dedicated photo mode, which is great for those who want to share their creations.

Another important achievement is ‘Go Anywhere’, which rewards having 20 active transport lines. The original Cities Skylines offered players a large range of different transports to lay in the city, from buses to metro tunnels and cargo ships, amongst others. This achievement supports the idea the sequel will feature a lot of transport options for players to tinker with. The ‘I Made This’ achievement also seems to suggest the game will have an editor where players can make assets.

As for the citizens, there are plenty of hoops to jump through there. Achievements surrounding city policies and happiness exist, as well as educational prowess. To achieve ‘Top of the Class’ players will need to boast a population where 20% have a university-level education. Additionally, ‘You Little Stalker!’ is an achievement that rewards players who monitor a citizen from childhood to old age. Creepy!

The announcement trailer certainly featured NPCs quite heavily, so it’s fair to say there may be some focus there for this new release. More details are sure to be announced in the coming months that can hopefully offer more specifics on what’s to come in Cities Skylines 2.

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