How to preload Cities Skylines 2

Cities Skylines 2 key art featuring a massive city filled with skyscrappers as background
Credit: Colossal Order

Want to avoid time wasting and get CS2 ready for launch? Then you better learn how to preload Cities Skylines 2.

Despite publisher Paradox revealing a while back that a Cities Skylines 2 preload wouldn't be possible, the developers at Colossal Order cut it really close to the release date of CS2 to make it available to preload, but fans will be happy to hear that you'll be able to install it ahead of time.

So, let us teach you how to preload Cities Skylines 2. Remember that if you want more CS2 content readily available, we have plenty of guides to help you started including how big the map is and how to get loans.

Cities Skylines 2 preload - How to install

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Credit: Colossal Order
CS2 is almost here!

Preloading Cities Skylines 2 on PC is super easy to do. The preload is available via Steam, with the game coming out on 24 October on PC. A console edition of CS2 is scheduled to hit current-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X/S) in 2024.

If you already have the game pre-ordered, simply head to your Steam library and a big blue installation button should be available to you. This will allow you to get the Cities Skylines 2 preload ready to go, so you can just launch the game when it's officially released.

Cities Skylines 2 - Install size

CS2 is a bigger game than its predecessor by a considerable margin. You'll need a total of 51.6GB to get the game preloaded on Steam. It might not seem like much by today's standards, but considering the first Cities Skylines was only 4GB, it's a big increase.

So there you have it. Now you know how to get the Cities Skylines 2 preload ready to go. If you want more CS2 content, we have plenty of guides for you to dig into, including how to get electricity running, how to get food to shelters, and how to make a roundabout.

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