Monte Cristo to discontinue Cities XL March 8th

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Monte Cristo to discontinue Cities XL March 8th

Postby pcgamer2 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:39 pm

Dear Mayors,

First of all we want to thank you for your support since Cities XL was released in October of last year, and as far back as October 2007 for some of you.

In early 2007 we decided to be those who would make a new offer to City Builder games fans. Right from the start Cities XL has always been an innovative project regarding its online dimension. Of course, trying something new always comes with a risk.

Three months after the launch we have to admit that the subscription rate is lower than what we expected and therefore the Planet Offer is no longer sustainable. Not enough players decided to subscribe.

Therefore, it is with deep regret that we decided to put an end to the Planet Offer on March 8th 2010. It will no longer be possible to subscribe to the game starting Monday February 1st 2010.

Nevertheless the Cities XL adventure goes on! Cities XL will evolve into a fully single player game. As soon as march the Bus will be added for free in the solo game. At the same time we also keep on working on new content and new features to keep on improving Cities XL.

We do realize that some of you were real fans of the Planet Offer, and loved to be able to visit other player’s cities and trade tokens between each other. There are simply not enough of us.

Thank you again for your understanding and support.

For more detailed information, you can read the FAQ here.

- The Monte Cristo team

and in the FAQ

What are your plans for CXL? Will you keep supporting the game and release patches? Will you release additional content for the solo game now? When? And at what price tag?
Cities XL will be refocused as a solo game. The current online game will be supported until it ends; but until Cities XL 2011 is released no new content or patches will be published either for the current online game or solo game.

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Postby Azeem » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:46 am

City-builder games typically aren't suited for online play. That was pretty much the case with "Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom" and the general lack of interest for the online feature, except that Emperor already had a solid solo game aspect. From the reviews, it seemed that the solo aspect of Cities XL was built on a weak foundation to begin wtih. Also, the idea of having to pay the full price and then having to pay more for features that should have been in the solo game obviously isn't at all appealing. ;)

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