Why it matters: The highly anticipated sequel to arguably the best city building game now has a firm launch date. Developer Colossal Order has also shared its official PC hardware requirements for Cities: Skylines II. Unsurprisingly, you are going to need a pretty stout system to run the sim.

Cities: Skylines II is scheduled to arrive on October 24 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and Windows PC. The standard edition is available to pre-order on Steam for $49.99. The Ultimate Edition commands a bit more at $89.99 but includes an expansion pass with eight additional assets that will unlock at regular intervals over the following year.

Those who pre-order will also get the landmark buildings pack, a set of nine unique buildings based on famous landmarks from around the globe.

Before pushing the purchase button, you will want to make sure your machine is up to the task. Minimum and recommended hardware requirements are as follows:

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K | AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 (3 GB) | AMD Radeon RX 470 (4 GB)

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64 Bit | Windows 11
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9700K | AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11 GB) | AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT (16 GB)

Colossal Order and publisher Paradox Interactive announced the follow-up back in March but it wasn’t until just a couple of days ago that we got our first look at actual gameplay footage.

Everything seen thus far looks incredible and just as you would expect from a AAA game in 2023. I sunk a ton of hours into the original and would love to do the same with this new game, but unfortunately my dinosaur PC does not even come remotely close to meeting the minimum specs. Ah well, maybe one day.

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