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Cities: Skylines breaks Paradox sales records

250,000 copies sold, including pre-orders, in its first 24 hours

Urban sim Cities: Skylines has sold 250,000 copies, including pre-orders, in its first 24 hours on sale. The release sets new records for publisher Paradox Interactive.

"We would like to offer our deepest and heartfelt thanks to the community for their passionate support and to let them know that we are committed to supporting this wonderful game for years to come, in the same way that we have for our Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis communities," said Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester.

"Our congratulations and thanks must also go to developer Colossal Order for making what is being widely described as the new benchmark of the city building genre. We have forged a strong partnership with them over a number of years through the release of Cities in Motion and Cities in Motion 2, and I am happy to see such a talented team now being widely applauded for their unmatched passion and skill."

The game was released digitally on March 10 and received high marks from critics, currently holding a Metacritic score of 89.

"We at Colossal Order are absolutely thrilled to see so many players enjoying Cities: Skylines and that the Steam Workshop is filling up with amazing content from the modders," added Colossal Order CEO Mariina Hallikainen.

Paradox Interactive

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Ron Dippold Software/Firmware Engineer 4 years ago
This game feels very much like 'What if we actually designed a modern SimCity for our players instead of our execs?' Among other things, the build area is gigantic! There are a few bugs right now, but nothing game breaking, and it seems more polished than previous Paradox games at launch.

They deserve the success and hopefully the positive reviews will lead to new sales and awareness. The active modder community should help.
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Bonnie Patterson Narrative Designer, Writer 4 years ago
It startled me - I've never seen another game light up so many "These friends are playing this game" "These friends want this game" on Steam aside from Skyrim.

It's really good to see this being such a giant win for Paradox - they have such a diverse and exciting catalogue, and they really do support their games long-term
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George Williams Owner 4 years ago
Throughly love the game. Its like the Sim City fans have been crying out for. Weldon Paradox!
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Istvan Fabian Principal Engineer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe4 years ago
Ironically, the studio original making Sim City has just been shut down...
Anyway, well done!
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Brook Davidson Artist / 3D design 4 years ago
I have to say, I love the game, and I can see myself playing this game for many years to come. Especially with the modding community. Paradox has done an amazing job on the game, and they deserve this.
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 4 years ago
500,000 sales now. :D
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend4 years ago
Was watching a bit of it being played today as one of our guys bought it on Steam and it looks an awful lot like Cities XL, but without the crippling crashes. May be getting this myself, looks good. :)
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