Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience.
Cities: Skylines is a progression of development from Colossal Order’s previous Cities in Motion titles that focused on designing effective transportation systems. While the developers felt they had the technical expertise to expand to a full city simulation game, their publisher Paradox held off on the idea fearing the market dominance of SimCity. However, after the critical failure of the 2013 SimCity game, Paradox greenlit the title. The developers’ goal was to simulate nearly a million unique citizens and their daily routines while simplifying this presentation enough to the player to understand problem points within the designed city, including realistic traffic congestion and effects on commercial and industrial sectors. Since release, the game has added three paid expansions with plans for a fourth, along with other free updates and support for user-generated content.