CITIES XL is the next-generation in city-building games, allowing gamers to develop cities on realistic 3D maps using an incredible collection of unique structures. Would-be Mayors are challenged to create the right combinations of social services, leisure activities, special events and job opportunities within their cities in order to feed, employ and entertain their citizens. Realism will be pushed to the limit with cities that are bigger, more realistic and more sophisticated than ever before.
The game’s optional online features and services will let gamers create interconnected cities on virtual and persistent planets. By combining a fantastic single-player game with the social and multiplayer aspects of an MMO, CITIES XL will shape the future of the genre by offering more variety, bigger cities and multiple gameplay layers.
Players can choose between buildings based on American and European-influenced themes. Various climates are available such as tropical, mountains, canyons and much more to build your city in. Populations will vary in age, wealth and education while your city grows.
In January, 2010 after three months in operation, the Monte Cristo team decided to return CitiesXL to a single player only mode as there were too few subscribers to justify continuing the multiplayer Planet Offer. The full single player version of CitiesXL is still available.