Colossal Order (company)

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Colossal Order Oy
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009)
Key people
Mariina Hallikainen (CEO)
Number of employees
17[1] (2015)

Colossal Order is a Finnish video game developer known for its business simulation game series Cities in Motion and for its city-builder Cities: Skylines.[2][3][4][5] The company was founded in Tampere, Finland in 2009. Its publisher is Paradox Interactive.[6] Paradox tests, markets, sells and distributes all games by Colossal Order.[7] The CEO of Colossal Order is Mariina Hallikainen.[8]


Colossal Order was founded in the summer of 2009 by a group of game developers of the mobile game company Universomo. Mariina Hallikainen was hired from outside of Universomo as the CEO of the new company.[7]

At first, Colossal Order had difficulties obtaining funding for its first game, the business simulation game Cities in Motion, that was already in development when the company was founded.[7] Investors thought that Cities in Motion would not attract a large enough clientele. Instead of big investors, the first steps of the company were funded by Finnish public instruments – Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Tekes, and DigiDemo finance of the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture – as well as small private investors.[6]

In its early phase, the company was coached by the Yritystalli program of the Tampere University of Technology,[7] but advice was sought directly from experienced Finnish game development companies as well, specifically Remedy Entertainment and Frozenbyte.[6] Upon being founded, Colossal Order compared dozens of publishers and ended up signing a publishing agreement with Paradox Interactive after over a year's worth of negotiations.[7]

In October 2015, Colossal Order was awarded the Finnish Game Developer of the Year (Finnish: Vuoden suomalainen pelinkehittäjä) award at the DigiExpo [fi] convention. The judges thanked Colossal Order for focusing: "from its inception ... on – in addition to developing games – also developing its business model".[9]


The relationship between Colossal Order and its publisher Paradox Interactive has been characterized as constructive. Colossal Order has the freedom to create games without limitations set by the publisher, bar those on schedules.[6]

Unlike the game developers that founded it, Colossal Order does not develop mobile games.[6] Instead, the company focuses on PC games.[9] Employees of the company have their own internal wiki platform for developing games.[1] Games by Colossal Order are known for their active modding communities.[1] One of the programmers at the company works full-time on modding tools.[10]

The best-known game of the company[11] is the city-building game Cities: Skylines published in March 2015. It competes with games of the SimCity and Cities XL series.[12][13][14] Cities: Skylines got its first expansion pack, Cities: Skylines – After Dark, in September 2015. Its second expansion pack came out in February 2016, called Cities Skylines - Snowfall.[13] A third expansion pack, Cities: Skylines - Natural Disasters, was released in November 2016, the fourth expansion pack, Mass Transit, in May 2017.[15] The fifth expansion, Green Cities, came out in October 2017, and the sixth expansion, Parklife was released in May 2018. The seventh and most recent, Industries, was released in October 2018.

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  1. ^ a b c Peel, Jeremy. "How Colossal Order touched the clouds: the making and success of Cities: Skylines". PCGamesN. p. 1. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Quintin Smith (5 January 2011). "Some Impressions: Cities in Motion". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b John Walker (15 August 2012). "On the Buses: Cities in Motion 2". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Alec Meer (10 March 2015). "Wot I Think: Cities: Skylines". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Company". Colossal Order. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e Mika Sorvari (17 March 2011). "Esittelyssä Colossal Order" [Introducing Colossal Order]. Gamereactor Finland (in Finnish). Gamez Publishing A/S. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e Eskelinen, Päivi (19 May 2011). "Vakavasti mukana pelibisneksessä" [Seriously in with the Games Business]. Rajapinta (in Finnish). Tampere University of Technology. 2011 (3). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  8. ^ Barton, Seth (July 2018). "Tomorrowland". MCV. No. 937. Future Publishing. pp. 44–17.
  9. ^ a b "Cities: Skylines toi vuoden suomalaisen pelinkehittäjän palkinnon" [Cities: Skylines earned the Finnish Game Developer of the Year Award]. Tivi (in Finnish). Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  10. ^ Wordsworth, Rich (21 May 2015). "Cities Skylines: Built this city on mods and coal". Redbull. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Colossal Order liittyi Rovion ja Supercellin joukkoon" [Colossal Order Joined Rovio and Supercell] (in Finnish). Markkinoint&Mainonta. 30 October 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Cities In Motion". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Colossal Order". IGN. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Cities In Motion". Dome. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  15. ^ Purchase, Robert (18 August 2016). "Natural Disasters are coming to Cities Skylines in a new expansion". Eurogamer. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  16. ^ Jon Michael (22 March 2011). "Cities in Motion Review". IGN. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  17. ^ Leif Johnson (11 April 2013). "Cities in Motion 2 Review". IGN. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  18. ^ Robert Purchese (11 February 2015). "Cities Skylines release date revealed". Eurogamer. Retrieved 11 February 2015.

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