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Cities: Skylines 2 announced and launching later this year

On PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PS5.

Cities: Skylines 2 logo overlaid on an aerial view of a riverside city on a sunny day
Image credit: Paradox Interactive

As part of today's announcement bonanza, Paradox Interactive has officially unveiled its long-awaited city builder sequel Cities: Skylines 2, which is coming to PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5 at some point "later this year".

Cities: Skylines 2 is being developed by Colossal Order and promises a "revolutionary" spin on the studio's acclaimed 2015 original, giving players the tools to "build any kind of city they can imagine and follow its growth from a humble village to a bustling metropolis".

How Cities: Skylines 2 will differ from its predecessor in more specific terms, beyond a shiny new facade, is currently unclear, but Paradox says the game - which it calls the "most open-ended city-building sandbox on the planet" - will enable players to "create and maintain cities that come to life like never before."

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Cities: Skylines 2 announcement trailer.

To that end, there's talk of "fully-realised transport and economy systems", alongside a "wealth of construction and customisation options." Plus, Colossal Order is hoping to help solidify Cities: Skylines 2's longevity from the off, with promise of "advanced modding capabilities."

Today's announcement is accompanied by a brief trailer, but expect much more information ahead of Cities: Skylines 2's Xbox Series X/S, PC, Game Pass, and PS5 release later this year.