Focus Home Interactive annexes Cities XL 2011

Publisher acquires city-building franchise, readies new version for release this fall.

Cities XL French developer Monte Cristo recently shut its doors, but not before selling the rights to its city-building franchise to an unspecified partner. The closure happened in May, and today, the acquiring party was revealed, with Focus Home Interactive announcing Cities XL 2011 for release this October.

A new developer, a new city.

In the title, players will assume the role of mayor of a virtual city and decide how its people and resources are to be managed.

The new installment will feature "hundreds" of new buildings and structures, 45 maps, and public transportation, including bus lines and subways. Additionally, the game's taxing system has been overhauled and now allows players to levy separate tax rates on persons and businesses. What's more, a new commerce tool will let gamers trade between cities in single-player mode.

In a statement, Focus Home Interactive expressed its commitment to the game's fan base following the closure of the original developer.

Those interested at getting a first glimpse at the new environments of Cities XL 2011 can check out the game's official Web site. For more on the original, check out GameSpot's Cities XL review.

[CORRECTION] This story originally stated that Cities XL 2011 would be out next October. The game is actually slated for release this October. GameSpot regrets the error.

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danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

it was a good game, but i gave up after my city kept going bankrupt

CaptainCrazy
CaptainCrazy

Cities XL actually has a very robust city building engine with loads of potential that was never tapped. The MMO feature totally took the game off the rails though. All the new publisher needs to do is give gamers what they want, a 3D advanced version of Sim City 4 and they will love them for it.

RLJSlick
RLJSlick

Sorry to hear about Monte Cristo, but City XL was a horribly conceived game! I was a beta tester and we keep trying to warn them of the issues with that game, and they wouldn't or couldn't listen. I think they need to start from the beginning with this game, I think Focus Home Interactive will try to make a few bucks off it it, and then let it die like it should.

j0abell
j0abell

City Life wasn't like SimCity, and maybe it wasn't as big of a hit, but I liked it a lot. It was fun on a more casual level, and looked a lot better. I think comparing the two games is more like apples and oranges than people tend to think. As for CitiesXL, I never tried it, due to the ill-fitting MMO bit, and even posted on forums that they should consider relaunching it as a single-player game. I'm happy to see that's just what's being done.

western077
western077

Unless they scrutinize what really made the SimCity series such a hit and try to emulate that, then there's no point in trying. The main aspect that all the new city simulation games since SC4 are missing is the idea of growth. To me, that's the most exciting and interesting part! I want to see my suburban houses turn into apartment blocks, the crappy corner store slowly become smarter and for my town center to grow its own sky scrapers! This gives the feeling that my city is progressing, unlike watching that first building you placed stay the same through out the whole game -real cities just don't do that. Unless Cities XL2011 has this, then I'm sticking to my 2003 SimCity 4!

Sam_Kelly
Sam_Kelly

Never heard of this game before. Wonder if there any plans for a console version? That would be great since I haven't know of a similar game after SimCity2000 (PS).

brilhasti
brilhasti

I'm really, really pissed that I spent money on the first game. At the same time I'm really, really happy to see it was the coup de grace for Monte Cristo. CitiesXL had potential and MC did a real good job of letting it fall short.

Evenios
Evenios

hmm yeah lets just hope it will be much better then the previous one a nice city building game would be good considering it seems there wont be a new simcity anytime soon!

gbrading
gbrading moderator

The online for Cities XL was overpriced, and it always seemed like it was trying to copy SimCity, but never getting it right.

wahyudil
wahyudil

monte cristo is broke? I've just known ... but I prefer Sim City rather than city XL or sim city society ... these 2 games frustrated me to death ...

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

The fundamentals of cities xl is broken. until they change that. I won't buy it. and I don't think it will win most sim city fans. for example: the classes don't make sense. why I have to develop city by allocating residence for unskilled workers, skilled, elite. which city in the world does that? it should be natural growth based on value. and how come the mayor has to pay for all luxuries including hotels. shouldn't these make money or be on their own? the simulation is flawed.

makotech222
makotech222

I never liked Cities XL. Doesnt have the same feel as the older city life games.