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Cities: Skylines' first expansion explores what happens After Dark

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City building simulation Cities: Skylines is getting its first expansion, Cities: Skylines After Dark, developer Colossal Order announced at publisher Paradox Interactive's Gamescom press conference today. The update to the city sim is "all about day and night cycles," Colossal Order said.

"It's not just a visual feature," Mariina Hallikainen, CEO of Colossal Order, said at Gamescom. "It affects the simulation — because we all know people behave a little different at day and night."

The developer spoke of updated leisure zones, a reworked police department, expanded city services and beachfront property, including beach bars and restaurants, fishing tours and more. Expect "more choice and more depth" from After Dark, Hallikainen said.

More details are available at Cities: Skylines After Dark's official site.

"Will you construct a bustling city that lives and breathes at night or will your city succumb to the perils and misadventures of night life?" the game's official description asks. You can see the expansion's first trailer above.

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