I’m always on the lookout for the next great city builder, and more of them are being developed now than ever before. As Fraser pointed out earlier this year, no one really makes a play a great city-builder on the market today, but just because Cities: Skylines is the undisputed king doesn’t mean smaller, niche builders aren’t being made, many with survival systems, historical themes, or sci-fi settings.
2022 has already been an exciting year for city builders, with plenty of new games to challenge our building and management skills. There is Walking Peoplewhere you build your city on the back of a huge, huge dinosaur that carries you around the world, The Farthest LimitA great medieval themed survival city builder from the creators of Grim Dawn, and Frozenheim, a Viking city builder that includes raids and RTS battles. And just this week, the Banished-inspired city builder Survival of Settlements gave early access to the full version 1.0. It’s a great time to build!
But it’s worth looking down the road for what’s coming, as there are plenty of exciting-looking city builders on the horizon. I know a lot of us are waiting Gentlemen of the manoralthough developer Slavic Magic has yet to announce a release date, and we still don’t know when Frostpunk 2 it will come out, but probably not until 2023.
Meanwhile, there are a bunch of city builders coming out before 2022 ends. Here are the games coming out before the end of the year that all city builder fans should know about.
The land of the Vikings
Publishing house: Iceberg Interactive
Release date: November 8
I mentioned Frozenheim earlier, but here’s another Viking city builder coming to early access in November. The land of the Vikings it sets you up as the Jarl of a growing Viking community, from the humble beginnings of mining and fishing, to trading or raiding with other peoples. A gridless construction system will make your living space feel more natural and organic, and you can build monuments to Odin or Freya to keep your citizens happy. There’s also a bit of RPG in there, as each of the Vikings in your towns has their own characteristics and abilities that you’ll need to consider when assigning jobs.
Ballads of Hongye
Publishing house: Amazing Seasun
Release date: Autumn 2022
I’ll be honest: I’m not entirely sure what’s going on Ballads of Hongye. The original trailer It looked like the most beautiful and peaceful city builder I’ve ever seen, but recent videos (and comments from a few who have played a demo) have shown that it’s more than that. a fast-paced city-building strategy with flying airships and fighting. It certainly looks interesting and I’m curious to try it out when it launches, which should be sometime this year.
Publishing house: Watcher Games
Release date: Fourth quarter of 2022
I need to play a demo Aquatic recently, the builder of a survival city located at the bottom of the ocean after the surface of the planet became uninhabitable. Despite being underwater, there are plenty of familiar city-building systems, including agriculture: I was able to grow underwater and kelp crops that were looked after by underwater drones. Survival in itself is difficult, as your human colonists need more than food and comfort to protect themselves from oxygen and heat from the dark, icy waters. I had fun with the demo, mostly taking a break from building domes and resource tubes to watch my busy little drones and automated submarines hard at work.
Publishing house: Ravenscourt
Release date: November 15
A lot is happening Floods. A climate crisis led to rising sea levels that washed away entire cities, and it’s your job to rebuild civilization with a small group of survivors. It’s not about gathering resources, building houses and production buildings and keeping people fed and healthy. You must also create laws for your new society, which may involve rules about water consumption, recycling, and food quality control, as well as policies about wearing masks, social distancing, and even lockdowns when disease strikes. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Publishing house: Kasedo Games
Release date: December 7
talk about disasters Ixionhas a big While testing an interstellar drive on a spaceship, the moon was torn apart, which of course meant that returning to Earth was a non-starter. Now you will build a small city on your space station as you travel across the galaxy, managing your resources and human workers and surviving other galactic expeditions. There’s a story as you traverse Ixion as you search the cosmos for a new planet to call home, but keeping your city growing and healthy in deep space will be a huge challenge.
Against the storm
Publishing house: The Hooded Horse
Release date: November 1 (Steam)
Do you have room for a sixth on this list of five? Against the storm Roguelite is an unusual fantasy city builder Exclusive to Epic Games Store and it actually launched in 2021, but it’s finally releasing on Steam next week, so I thought I’d include it. In the meantime there is a free demo to play where you can get a taste of managing a settlement of humans, lizards and beavers in the service of the Queen Queen in a world of endless rain. Yes, it’s weird as city builders go, but the scores on its Epic page show a very positive response, so if you want to buy it on Steam, you don’t have to wait much longer.