Developer Paradox Interactive hosted an Announcement Show today that featured the reveal of Cities: Skylines II, a sequel to Colossal Order and Paradox Interactive’s popular city builder.
Cities: Skylines is already a very fleshed-out city-building experience thanks to eight years of updates and expansions. Now, Colossal Order is trying to up the ante by calling Cities: Skylines II a “next-generation city builder” and “the most realistic city simulation ever created” in the press release revealing the game. While specific details on this enhanced simulation are light, the developers are promising that there will be more construction and customization options, as well as deeper transport and economy systems, in the sequel. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too much longer to get those questions answered.
Although its reveal trailer is purely cinematic, it also confirms that Cities: Skylines II will launch in 2023.
While Cities: Skylines II was the most exciting announcement to come from Paradox’s livestream, it wasn’t the only one. Alongside expansions for games like Crusader Kings III, Across the Obelisk, Stellaris, and Europa Universalis IV, Paradox also revealed The Lamplighters League, an occult turn-based strategy game with a 1930s pulp aesthetic, sci-fi auto-battler Mechabellum, RPG Knights of Pen & Paper 3, and The Sims competitor Life by You. In fact, Life By You is getting a dedicated livestream of its own on March 20.
Cities: Skylines II will be released later this year for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X and S. The Xbox channel’s version of the trailer also confirms it will be a day one Xbox Game Pass title.