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CO CEO Mariina Hallikainen talks Selling Cities: Skylines

Posted on 2 Sep 2015 by Arazmus.
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Mariina Hallikainen

The success of Cities: Skylines has been written about many times since the game launched and GI has posted the latest interview/article covering its success with comments from Colossal Order’s CEO Mariina Hallikainen.

It always amazes me reading these interviews that CO were concerned about creating a new city builder and taking on the SimCity franchise. After all the negative press surrounding SimCity, Cities: Skylines was always going to sell well, even if the game hadn’t turned out as well as it did.

You can read the full article here.

“Had SimCity been really stable and successful we wouldn’t have made Cities: Skylines. It wouldn’t have been possible,” she says. “I’ve been pitching a city builder to Paradox for a long time… I was like, ‘Come on Fred [Wester, CEO], let’s make a city builder! Just give us the money!’ He always said we should pace ourselves, and it was good that we waited because we were a better company, skill-wise and in our experience.”


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  • Max Sunheal

    This articles title was very misleading, made it sound like they are selling off the game to another company or something which they are not.

    • Arazmus

      Yeh it was a bit of a weird title I have to agree but that;s what they went for.