Cities: Skylines 2 gets a release date in new trailer

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Cities: Skylines 2 received a brand release trailer, showing off graphics and gameplay mechanics, as well as a release date. Coming October 24, Cities Skylines 2 promises a fully realized 3D city builder in the finest tradition of Sims City, allowing you to craft a metropolis to fit your every whim. 

Build bridges, construct transport networks, and towering skyscrapers as you build a city that's truly your own. If Cities: Skylines 2 is able to iterate on its predecessor, it may well earn itself a place on our list of the very best PC strategy games.  

Cities: Skylines 2 is shaping up to be an absolute treat for strategy fans, offering stunning environmental crafting tools, and an intuitive-looking building UI. 

True to form, Cities: Skylines 2 looks like a playground, a canvas upon which players can express themselves with efficient, aesthetically pleasing, or just plain weird city design. Cities Skylines 2  is likely to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, eschewing any sort of formal campaign in favor of an immersive and dynamic sandbox, where players can set their own goals. Some opt to simulate a city with one million residents while others might want to create an efficient traffic system. 

It may seem dry, but like Civilization 6 and Stellaris, the Cities: Skylines series is meticulously designed, offering that classic "just one more minute" feel that keeps players up 'till the early hours of the morning.

The trailer flaunts Cities: Skylines 2's jaw-dropping graphics, which seem capable of rendering anything from an individual truck to an expansive vista with luscious attention to detail. Even the game's special color-coded views have a pleasing crispness to them that catches the eye with sharp and easy-to-follow indicators. 

Cities: Skylines 2 is coming to PC and Xbox Series X|S. It will also be available on launch day for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. 

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