Cities: Skylines

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Cities: Skylines
Cities: Skylines cover
Developers
Colossal Order
Microsoft Store Tantalus Media
Publishers
Paradox Interactive
Engines
Unity 5[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows March 10, 2015
macOS (OS X) March 10, 2015
Linux March 10, 2015
Reception
Metacritic 85
OpenCritic 83
IGDB 76
Cities: Skylines on HowLongToBeat
Cities: Skylines on IGDB
Cities: Skylines on MobyGames
Cities: Skylines on Wikipedia
Cities in Motion
Cities in Motion 2011
Cities in Motion 2 2013
Cities: Skylines 2015

Key points

Mod Support. Uses the Steam Workshop.[2]

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Steam Workshop, official repository for game mods and custom assets and maps.
Official wiki, accessible within the game's main menu

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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OS X and Linux version can be downloaded.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Developer website
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Gamesplanet
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Includes After Dark DLC. Part of Xbox Game Pass for PC.
Windows
Origin
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Included with Origin Access Basic.
Deluxe Edition included with Origin Access Premier.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Version differences[edit]

Cities: Skylines Deluxe Edition includes: the Base Game, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Arc de Triomphe, Grand Central Terminal and Original Soundtrack.
Cities: Skylines Collection includes: the Base Game, After Dark, Snowfall, Natural Disasters, Mass Transit, Green Cities, Parklife, Industries, Campus, Concerts, Art Deco, High-Tech Buildings, European Suburbia, Modern City Center, Relaxation Station, Rock City Radio, All That Jazz, Country Road Radio, Synthetic Dawn Radio, Campus Radio, Deep Focus Radio and Downtown Radio.
Cities: Skylines - New Player Bundle includes: the Base Game, After Dark, Mass Transit and Relaxation Station.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
After Dark Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Snowfall Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Natural Disasters Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mass Transit Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Cities Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Parklife Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Industries Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Campus Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Sunset Harbor Expansion
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Match Day Flavor pack, free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Concerts Flavor pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Relaxation Station Music pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Rock City Radio Music pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All That Jazz Music pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Carols, Candles and Candy Music pack, free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Country Road Radio Music pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Synthetic Dawn Radio Music pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Campus Radio Music pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Deep Focus Radio Music pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Downtown Radio Music pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Coast to Coast Radio Music pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Pre-Order Pack Cosmetic pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Art Deco Cosmetic pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Stadiums: European Club Pack Cosmetic pack, delisted
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
High-Tech Buildings Cosmetic pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Pearls from the East Cosmetic pack, free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
European Suburbia Cosmetic pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
University City Cosmetic pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Modern City Center Cosmetic pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Modern Japan Cosmetic pack
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Colossal Order\Cities_Skylines\gameSettings.cgs
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Colossal Order/Cities_Skylines/gameSettings.cgs
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Colossal Order/Cities_Skylines/gameSettings.cgs

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Colossal Order\Cities_Skylines\Saves\
Microsoft Store
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/Colossal Order/Cities_Skylines/Saves/
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/Colossal Order/Cities_Skylines/Saves/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Steam Workshop Mods allow for FOV changes. Link
Windowed
Set your Display Mode to Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Set your Display Mode to Fullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA only. Alternatively use the Dynamic Resolution mod for on the fly downsampling.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
If the graphics look blurry when zoomed-in, turn down the tilt shift amount in settings.[citation needed]

Enable True Fullscreen[edit]

Launch the game with the -force-d3d9 parameter.
By default, the game won't support true fullscreen, and only borderless fullscreen is available. To use true fullscreen, the game must be run in DirectX 9 mode.

Enable Dynamic Super Resolution on Nvidia Graphics Cards[edit]

Enable Dynamic Super Resolution on Nvidia Graphics Cards[citation needed]
  • If you have DSR enabled via your Nvidia Control Panel then your additional resolutions will appear in the game's graphics options menu. However, if you attempt to use one of these resolutions then the game will default back to your monitor's native resolution when you hit apply.
  • This can be fixed by launching the game with -force-d3d9 parameter.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, ambient, effects and user interface
Surround sound
Tested with two different devices, 7.1 headphones and 5.1 speakers. Only main two stereo channels are audible.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Polish
Korean
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Simplified Chinese
Spanish

Issues fixed[edit]

Poor Performance on Laptops with Nvidia Optimus[edit]

Occurs when Cities: Skylines defaults to Intel integrated graphics instead of Nvidia discrete graphics.
Manually select discrete graphics in Nvidia Control Panel[citation needed]
  1. Open Nvidia Control Panel.
  2. Select Manage 3D Settings.
  3. Select the Program Settings tab.
  4. Select or Add cities.exe.
  5. Select High Performance Nvidia as the preferred graphics processor.
  6. Click Apply and launch the game.

Steam Overlay does not work[edit]

Disable the other overlays (Raptr, Dxtory, Fraps, MSI Afterburner, etc.)[citation needed]

Random crashes[edit]

Upgrade to more than 8GB RAM[3]

On 8GB RAM you must play vanilla game without mods or assets and always under 20k pop to avoid crashes.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Option to fallback to version 9 using a command-line parameter.
Shader Model support 5.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
ATI Radeon HD 5670
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Intel Integrated Graphics Cards aren't supported.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.9
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
ATI Radeon HD 5670
512 MB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
ATI Radeon HD 5670
512 MB of VRAM
32-bit systems are not supported.

Notes

  1. Unity engine build: 5.6.3p1[1]

References