Brrrrr! Watch Cities: Skylines Expansion Snowfall Trailer

SNOW! SNOW! Come to the window! Sno… Wait, that’s not real. That’s a YouTube trailer for the second Cities: Skylines expansion, Snowfall [official site].

What this one does is add SNOW! and associated cold weather issues as challenge conditions for players to deal with. That’ll be things like ensuring adequate heating so keeping up with increased electricity demand or adding water-based heat systems and keeping the roads open.

“New snowplow services will be required to prevent traffic from freezing in place, while new all-weather trams and expanded public transit options can help residents and visitors alike get around town – and visit the new winter parks and landmarks available in Snowfall.”

What I’m hearing in my head now is this:

There’s also the addition of things like cosmetic rain and fog for existing maps, trams and so on. I’ll put the full list from the announcement here because I like all the puns except World Warmth, Too:

Now is the Winter of This Content: Rain and fog for existing maps, plus a new “Winter” map theme with snow and all of its challenges
The Streetcars You Desire: Expanded public transportation options, including easier management of existing lines – and Trams, a new system demanded by fans
World Warmth, Too: Cold weather increases demands for electricity, unless new water-based heat systems are in place
Plowers to the People: Build a snowplow depot to keep traffic flowing during winter weather, and employ new road maintenance systems to keep your streets in shape
New Chirps: #yeahthereare

Actually, that rain and fog point seems to also be part of an upcoming free update so it looks like you’ll get the cosmetic weather regardless.

Cities: Skylines – Snowfall is apparently Coming Soon.


  1. anHorse says:

    “Now is the Winter of This Content”

    A bad enough pun to sell me on the expansion without any more details

  2. Yachmenev says:

    Won’t buy. That expansion is unrealistic.

    I live in Gothenburg, Sweden, and we know for a fact, after last nights and todays snowfall, that trams doesn’t work at all when it snows even the slightest. :P

    • nangji says:

      Haha. I was thinking exactly the same thing. Took me forever to get to work.

    • Cyrus says:

      The trains cannot stand the cold up here in the north either.
      Mindblown over the manufacturer really…

      Good thing I don’t travel with it then.

    • Dread Quixadhal says:

      Living in Michigan, USA, I can say that for it to be realistic, the roads would not only need to ice over and cause multi-car pileup collisions, but all the smaller roads would need to get filled in by feet of snow unless plows work on them constantly. :)

    • Liqid1010 says:

      In my city, Košice trams are working even in winter sometimes you see trams that arent even braking they just stop the wheels and slide into stop. But I was waiting until they release trams, awesome!

  3. Hobbes says:

    There needs to be a British option where all public transport shuts down at the merest hint of snow, and won’t restart until at least two weeks after the Met Office decree a drought, just before the trains impose mandatory speed limits because the lines are too hot.

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      Bluerps says:

      This is not a British (or Swedish) problem.

      In Stuttgart, all trams immediately shut down the very minute any employee of the transportation company sees a single snow flake. I imagine they just completely forget that snow exists when the last of it has melted in spring. Then winter comes around and they panic. “Shut it all down!”, they yell, while running for shelter, “Cold, white stuff is falling from the sky! The end times are here!”

      • Nasarius says:

        The worst thing in Berlin (and I assume the rest of Germany) is that people still haven’t quite figured out that if you don’t shovel the snow off the sidewalks, it tends to melt and re-form into extremely dangerous ice as the temperatures fluctuate.

        Apparently property owners are legally allowed to throw gravel on top of the ice instead, which does almost nothing. Just use a shovel! It’s only a few centimeters of snow.

        • badmothergamer says:

          Same thing happened to us last weekend during a rare snow. Apartment maintenance people came by to “help” by shoveling the sidewalks only to create a layer of ice. They became so dangerous we had to walk in the grass instead.

          It was funny watching the dog trying to walk and constantly busting his rear though, so points for that.

          • badmothergamer says:

            EDIT: Looks like I misread your comment as shoveling is what caused the problem for us.

      • carewolf says:

        The game has trams?

      • Hobbes says:

        That sounds an awful lot like the UK mentality. Seriously, our trains just decide to take the week off whenever there’s snow. I think the drivers see the stuff and go “The clouds are falling out of the sky! THE SKY IS FALLING APART! I CAN’T COPE! I NEED A TEA AND MY UNION REP!”

    • aldo_14 says:

      Or an Edinburgh mode, where the cost quadruples with every block of tramline you place.

    • gpown says:

      Polish mode please: dirt and salt is poured onto the snow, which melts, leaving roads covered in eternal mud, while all mad winter lovers remain hysterically happy and cannot understand your distaste for mud as if it still was snow.

    • jetfx says:

      Wow. In Canada public transit is the most reliable option when it snows. There will be delays sometimes, but cities usually urge people to take transit on snow days. Only experienced a few times when snow shut the system down, but that was when you had nearly a meter of snow fall overnight.

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        Bluerps says:

        Well, to be fair, I might have been a little overdramatic in my comment about Stuttgart’s public transportation. It tends to get in trouble when there is snow, but usually that just means trains that are later than usual, not a breakdown of the whole system.

    • Flatley says:

      US Mode: What’s a tram? Just take the interstate. Try not to slide into a semi truck (sorry, a “lorry”) at 60 mph. (Sorry, “96.56 kph”).

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Interesing to read about all these problems.. yeah, we have those too. What about this one: when autumn hits then the dutch railway system can (will) come crashing down because of leaves.

  4. 2late2die says:

    Time to dust off that play button on the game’s steam page :)

    Haven’t played this in a while, but this expansion looks great.

  5. teije says:

    Looks pretty nice, and I imagine many of the features included will be available in the free patch that comes along with the DLC. Doesn’t look like there are any details available yet on that.

  6. MrNash says:

    I wonder how terrible the drivers will be in the snow. Will we need more emergency services for all the accidents? =O

    • Llewyn says:

      If it’s anything like the UK, all your population will look at the weather, decide to allow some extra time (5 minutes per planned journey hour) and that it will all be fine. They’ll then set off and either crash at the first junction they encounter or soldier on to the most inconvenient spot they can find before realising they should have stayed at home. They’ll then abandon their car/van/HGV right in the middle of the road in order to prevent the 3% of the population who are suitably prepared from getting to their destinations and feeling smug.

      Actually, it’ll be hard to distinguish that from Cities’ general traffic modelling.

    • Llewyn says:

      However I do like the annual videos of car Tetris played on icy hills in North American cities, usually those whose climates mean people really ought to know better.

      • carewolf says:

        Where does the cars go when they form a full tetris line?

      • teije says:

        The sad thing is that even here in Canada, people don’t really know better, even though they really ought to, considering our climate.

        Almost all winter accidents are down to people not adjusting their driving to winter conditions, or just like, being smart and staying home when the blizzard hits.

  7. Al__S says:

    oh come on, this post needs more Supper Furry Animals

  8. Rufust Firefly says:

    Needs have a Portland mode, where the entire city comes to a complete and utter halt at the mere hint of snow. (Also the light rail stops working because the circuits do not do well in either cold or hot conditions.) Plus panic buying of all grocery items because you might starve during the one snow day.

  9. Sic says:

    Too bad the snow is just in one special map, and that it’s permanent (i.e. not seasonal).

  10. icecreamjones says:

    no christmas lights on the houses? thats a shame, thats what I think of the most in the snow, seeing the way light glows and reflects off the white crystals

  11. Judas says:

    This is a cheap money grab. This isn’t a very good natural disaster. Dark….snow…This is a pass.

  12. RabbitIslandHermit says:

    Can I force people to buy decent snow tires and refuse to do any road salting?