Cities: Skylines 2 — Release Date and What We Know So Far!

Image credit: Colossal Order

Cities: Skylines (2015, developed by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive) is arguably the gold standard when it comes to modern city builders. So it’s no surprise that its massive, devoted fanbase has been eagerly awaiting its sequel, Cities: Skylines 2, since it was announced in March 2023. 

So exactly how do you improve upon such a highly acclaimed game? Colossal Order’s Dev Diaries, and early-access gameplay videos from popular Cities: Skylines YouTubers such as Biffa and City Planner Plays, give us some insight on how Colossal Order went about it.

Here are some of the things we can expect from Cities: Skylines 2!  

The Economy is Much More Nuanced

In the first Cities: Skylines, the economic aspect of gameplay was fairly straightforward, with your city’s industry being just one monolith (unless you play with DLCs such as Industries or Financial Districts). 

Cities: Skylines 2 promises a more dynamic economy, and more nuanced interactions between your city’s residential zones, the commercial and industrial companies, and the city government. 

The Production tab in the Economy panel shows various products and resources. (Image credit: Colossal Order)

Residents have certain budgets and expenses, and companies have to purchase resources for their businesses and pay rent. 

Even the pathfinding between citizens’ homes and their workplaces will now be something you have to take into account. 

A New City Service Category: Communications 

The familiar city service categories will still be there to improve your citizens’ quality of life: water, power, garbage management, police, fire safety, health and death care, education, parks and recreation. 

But now communications has been added as a category. It’ll include the old mail service (Post Offices and Post Sorting Facility) but now you’ll be able to provide your citizens with an internet connection too! 

A server farm (left) and telecom tower (right). Image credit: Colossal Order

You Can Upgrade City Services

In the first game, city service buildings were pretty much one-and-done once you’ve placed them; you’ll just have to build bigger ones for better coverage (e.g., build clinics, then a hospital later). 

In Cities: Skylines 2 you’ll be able to upgrade city service buildings to improve their scope. For instance, you can add an extension wing to your elementary school, or add turbines to your power plant. 

Road Tools Are Improved

An efficient road layout is key to a successful city in Cities: Skylines, and it seems Cities: Skylines 2 makes that easier to achieve.

Splitting and merging roads will be easier, and we’ll finally get a parallel road tool and a roundabout tool! 

A look at the road building tools. (Image credit: City Planner Plays / Colossal Order)

Parking Lots Are A Thing

In the first Cities: Skylines, parking lots were basically decorative. But now they’re actually integral to your traffic network, and the availability of parking will be something your citizens consider when choosing how they go from point A to B. 

Cities: Skylines 2 System Requirements 

Here’s what you’ll need to run Cities: Skylines 2: 

Minimum System RequirementsRecommended 
64-bit processor and operating system
Windows® 10 Home 64 Bit
Intel® Core™ i7-6700K | AMD® Ryzen™ 5 2600X
Nvidia® GeForce™ GTX 970 (4 GB) | AMD equivalent
64-bit processor and operating system
Windows® 10 Home 64 Bit | Windows® 11
Intel® Core™ i5-12600K | AMD® Ryzen™ 7 5800X
Nvidia® GeForce™ RTX 3080 (10 GB) | AMD equivalent

When is Cities: Skylines 2 Coming Out?

Cities: Skylines 2 is scheduled for release on October 24th, 2023. As of writing, it’s already available for pre-purchase on Steam or directly from Paradox

What features are you hoping to see in Cities: Skylines 2? Let us know in the comments!

And be sure to check our Game Guides section for a Cities: Skylines 2 guide when the game comes out!

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