A new Cities: Skylines 2 trailer has been released, spotlighting the public and cargo transportation features of the upcoming city-builder. After all, it's pretty important to move people and things from A to B, and the trailer shows off the ways in which you'll be able to do that in your city.
This trailer is the third in a series of "Feature Highlight" videos, with previous installments covering improvements to road systems and traffic AI. This one's all about transportation, which the trailer says will "set the rhythm of life in your city". Building, maintaining, and improving transportation networks will be critical for creating a city that's capable of growth.
The first transport methods you'll unlock are taxis and buses. As the trailer says, they're "reliable, cheap, and easy to route here, there, and everywhere". Once your city begins to grow, you'll unlock trains, trams, and subways, which all have their own weaknesses and strengths. These methods will be more efficient and carry more cargo or people, but will also be less convenient for passengers.
Subways are speedy, high-capacity underground transportation that can also operate above ground on elevated tracks. Trams, meanwhile, can run alongside roads; they're more flexible than trains, and you can add lines more easily simply by adding tram tracks to existing roads.
Trains, of course, carry lots of people, including visitors from outside the city; they play a core role in your tourist economy. They're also important for cargo, allowing you to build cargo terminals where goods can be exchanged and transported. To put it simply, if you're running a big metropolis, you're going to want a train network of some kind.
Of course, you also can't overlook water-based transportation. This is crucial for imports and exports; cargo ships are slower than trains, but they've got huge storage capacities, and since you can now trade with other cities, you'll need networks that can carry massive loads. There's also air transport, which is more expensive and worse for the environment, but much faster than other methods, as well as more convenient.
Cities: Skylines 2 launches for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S on October 24th.