A new interview on Wired talks to Colossal Order CEO Mariina Hallikainen about the Cities: Skylines. Here’s a snip:
What did you learn from the reaction to the most recent SimCity as to what the player base wants from city builders?
Well, we really liked the original 90s games. We used to play these games when we were younger — the 90s and early 2000s simulation games. It was the same thing with Cities in Motion, we loved Transport Tycoon, and we wanted to bring that kind of game to the modern day. This is a little bit of the same thing. We always wanted to make a city builder. When SimCity was announced, we were like “OK, that’s it, we’re never going to be able to do anything with this!” Then, it didn’t go exactly as they planned, probably, so we thought “there’s still hope!” We don’t like to be compared to the newest one; I think we’re really like classic, old-school SimCity.