Cities: Skyline - Parklife screenshot of the new amusement park from up close

Cities: Skylines' upcoming expansion Parklife is taking things in a bit of a different direction. Instead of giving you a whole bunch of new buildings and transport systems to toy around with, Parklife is all about making your city much more lively through the addition of amusement parks, nature reserves, zoos, city parks, gardens, and the list goes on. A seemingly minor addition in the grand scheme of things, but one that I'm actually quite excited about since trying to make sprawling cityscapes isn't exactly the easiest of things.

The Parklife expansion is set to arrive this May 24th at a €15 price tag, though with a 10% discount for anyone that decides to pre-purchase. Whether all of this is worth your time and money, that's something only you can decide, but I can at least give you a hand by sharing the current list of features. Here's what you can expect to see:

• Parks and recration - Use the new park area tool to create park districts wherever there is empty land, and new city services like Park Maintenance, which boosts happiness and effectiveness and helps level up parks.

• Brick by brick - Customize your city with new buildings and assets, including a new sightseeing bus line, new service buildings, new unique buildings like amusement parks, nature reserves, city parks and zoos, and a regal new monument, the Castle of Lord Chirpwick.

• Freeway for all - For the first time in Cities: Skylines, you can place buildings next to paths in the park districts (not just next to roads). Props can be placed anywhere inside park areas.

• Recesses between buildings - Transform those empty spaces between your buildings into vibrant parks and gardens.

• It's a walk in the park - Customize routes and set ticket prices for new walking and sightseeing tours, among other tourism enhancements.

• Policies, please - Take on three new city policies and eight new park policies to deal with recreational hazards like Animal Ethics and Fireworks.

If you would like to learn just a little bit more, or grab yourself a copy, you should head on over to the Paradox website. And finally, allow me to send you off with the recent and fairly brief "Gameplay Reveal" trailer. It should give you a pretty good idea of what Parklife looks like in 'action'. Enjoy!

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