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Cities: Skylines turned 6 years old earlier this year, and that has Colossal Order chief executive Mariina Hallikainen assessing the game¨s legacy. Colossal Order is the studio responsible for the game, and it has continued to work on Cities: Skylines since it debuted in 2015.

I spoke with Hallikainen for GamesBeat¨s ^How Games Make Money ̄ podcast about what it was like to rethink the scope after the game¨s huge success and what she has planned for the future. You can listen to that below:

During our conversation, Hallikainen noted that it is still surprising just how well Cities: Skylines has done with fan.

^We had very modest expectations for City: Skylines, ̄ she explained. ^The games we worked on before were mass transit simulators ´ and they were very moderate successes. And when we think about City: Skylines, we understood that it is for a broader audience than the mass transit simulators, but in the end, we were pretty much unknown as the developer, and Paradox also wasn¨t as big of a publisher as they are now.

^So back in the day, we actually had a target of 300,000 copies sold. ̄

But the game ended up surpassing that with 500,000 copies sold ! and that was in the first week alone.

^And we said, `OK, we need to adjust the target seriously again,’ ̄ said Hallikaninen.

One of the things that the success of the game enabled the studio to do was to begin listening to a large audience of dedicated players.

^Immediately for City: Skylines, there was this community forming around the game, and I think that was really wonderful because it really guided the development in a sense that we could actually discuss with our fans and figure out what we should be working on next. ̄

Hallikainen goes on to explain what that looked like for the team during the podcast as well as her hopes to make a horse-racing sim. Check it out, and thank you for listening.

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