Cities: Skylines, developed by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive, now has a release date, and the publisher has their sights set on EA’s botched 2013 release of SimCity.
The city simulator releases in just a month. Paradox Interactive has a launch trailer to celebrate – in glorious 60fps if you’re using Chrome. Alongside this, Paradox’s Vice President of Acquisitions, Shams Jorjani, had this to say:
That's 50% of what Sim city 5 cost at launch. We totally planned it this way. And it has twice the gameplay – at least. Enjoy.
— Shams Jorjani (@ShamsJorjani) February 10, 2015
The official description for the game even calls out specifically its traffic simulation, one of SimCity‘s biggest faults, as well as making mention of “extensive modding support.”
You might be wondering why Cities: Skylines is releasing just a month after Cities XXL. As it turns out, the two aren’t related. The much-maligned Cities XXL was developed by Focus Home Interactive and currently sports a “Mostly Negative” rating on Steam as a result of it being an almost total rehash of its predecessor, Cities XL. Skylines looks to be an entirely new game
City simulation games are always complex and prone to difficulty, so think twice before pre-ordering, but if SimCity was a disappointment, then Cities: Skylines might be the game to watch.
Cities: Skylines releases March 10, 2015 on PC, Mac and Linux for $29.99 – the same price as EA’s two year old game and $10 less than Cities XXL. Hopefully the similar name and release date won’t throw off potential fans looking for a new city game.