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Learn Civics with the Educational Version of Cities: Skylines

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Paradox Interactive announced a partnership with TeacherGaming to launch a special educational version of Cities: Skylines. Cities: Skylines – Education Edition is designed for teachers to use in their classrooms as part of TeacherGaming’s subscription service.

“Transitioning our games into teaching tools that make learning fun and interactive is something near and dear to our hearts at Paradox,” said Shams Jorjani, VP of Business Development at Paradox Interactive. “We chose TeacherGaming to help structure our games for the classroom, because this is a new field for us and they have the right experience and knowledge to do it right.”

Cities: Skylines is the heir apparent to the SimCity builder series. It originally launched on PC in 2015 before coming to consoles last year. It’s been hailed as the definitive city builder sim, and Paradox have released numerous expansion packs since release. The most recent, Parklife, released earlier this year and added national parks and zoos.

Cities: Skylines – Education Edition includes eight custom lesson plans. Each scenario covers different relevant topics, such as government, engineering, and budgeting. The educational version also includes student progress tracking and in-game tutorials.

“Paradox Interactive titles turn niche topics like civics and serious history into unexpectedly entertaining experiences that educators will fall head over heels for,” said Santeri Koivisto, TeacherGaming CEO. “Committing to such an unconventional portfolio means Paradox is combating prejudices about the very nature of video games, and that’s also what we have been out to do for the past six years. In that sense, and many others, this partnership is a perfect fit.”

TeacherGaming offers both individual gaming licences as well as an all-in-one subscription service. Each game, including Kerbal Space Program, Universe Sandbox, and Epistory, offers multiple lesson plans tailored to classroom learning. The company was founded in 2011 in Finland by gaming educators. Their most successful program was MinecraftEdu, which has since been purchased by Microsoft.

Cities: Skylines – Education Edition is available now in the TeacherGaming Store.

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Cities: Skylines Celebrates 5 Million Sold with Ties to Surviving Mars

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SimCity-like management game Cities: Skylines is turning three years old this weekend. Publisher Paradox Interactive is celebrating with some in-game goodies, as they all also reveal hitting the five million copies sold milestone.

Cities: Skylines players will be able to enjoy a new Rocket City building called Xchirp Launcher as well as a new radio station called Official Mars Radio. Starting this Friday, March 9, the radio station will play space-themed electronica.

While these goodies are meant to celebrate the three year and five million sold milestones, they’re really advertising Paradox’s upcoming game release, Surviving Mars, on March 15. Surviving Mars looks to take many of the winning concepts of Cities: Skylines into building habitable cities on the red planet.

Current owners of Cities: Skylines on Steam will get 10% off pre-orders for Surviving Mars.

Over the years Paradox and developer Colossal Order have released numerous paid and free DLC expansions and updates to Cities: Skylines. Over 1,000 new features have been added since launch, along with over 100,000 free mods via the Steam Workshop.

Next week will see the launch of the Content Creator Pack for the console versions of Cities: Skylines. This $9.99 DLC pack will include a number of new buildings and styles modeled by two talented members of the Cities community, Matt “Shroomblaze” Crux and Mauro “GCVos” Vos. The Content Creator Pack will be available March 13 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Cities: Skylines is available on PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated E for Everyone. Surviving Mars launches March 15.