Cities: Skylines Devs Release Free Theme Editor for All Users

By Published February 11, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Cities: Skylines is one of our favorite games from 2015, firmly re-establishing the City Builder genre with an enjoyable mix of strategy and playfulness. Gameplay expansion is spurred-on by easily obtained community mods and, now, an official "Theme Editor" for owners of the base game. Expansions "After Dark" (added night clubs, day/night cycle) and next week's Snowfall have built tremendously upon the game's existing content, but neither is required for players to use the new Theme Editor.

Cities: Skylines' theme editor allows modification of terrain elements and atmosphere beyond the usual climates. Players can now fully modify the map to fit their thematic liking -- lighting and terrain coloration included. The new utility allows granularity of control all the way down to sun size, position, and hue; as demonstrated in the below video, creative players could design a veritable Venus for development by the map's inhabitants.

In the meantime, "Snowfall" aims to introduce more public transit that'll please players who enjoy un-jamming traffic -- shockingly fun, really -- and new weather elements. The expansion ships on February 18 for $13.

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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