Cities: Skylines 2 coming this year: ‘the most realistic city simulation ever created’

Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order just made it official: a sequel to 2015 urban city builder Cities: Skylines is headed our way.

And although we don’t have a ton of details about Cities: Skylines 2 yet, apart from a brief statement from the publisher and the cinematic announcement trailer you can see above, we won’t have to wait all that much longer to play it. A specific release date hasn’t been announced, but Cities: Skylines 2 is coming out in 2023. Hey, I know that year. That’s this year!

“Cities: Skylines 2 offers the most realistic city simulation ever created, in which players can build any kind of city they can imagine and follow its growth from a humble village to a bustling metropolis,” says Paradox Interactive. “From individual households to the city’s economy and transportation system, Cities: Skylines 2 offers a deep and immersive simulation that welcomes both new and veteran players.”

Describing its next city builder as “revolutionary” and “the most open-ended city-building sandbox on the planet,” Paradox says “Cities: Skylines 2 lets players create and maintain cities that come to life like never before, complete with fully-realized transport and economy systems, a wealth of construction and customization options, and advanced modding capabilities.”

That’s a lot of vague press release buzzwords, but it’s hard not to be excited for the sequel, especially since it’s coming so soon. Following in 2013, Cities: Skylines quickly and successfully filled the urban city builder gap. After releasing in 2015 it sold over 12 million copies and . The community has kept busy, too, creating more than 100,000 custom maps and buildings and tens of thousands of other mods for the builder.

There are already lots of interesting , especially in the medieval and survival genres, but a big, brand new urban city builder from Paradox and Colossal Order is cause for excitement. There’s no release date or price yet, but in the meantime you can check out the .