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City Life (Windows)

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2.6
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Advertising Blurbs

Press release (2nd June 2006):

    CDV Releases Free Design Toolset for City Life

    New tools available to create building designs for CDV's city building simulation

    City Life, the critically acclaimed city building simulation, just got better as publisher CDV and developer Monte Cristo have released a special building design toolkit for the game. The toolkit, available at the mirrors listed below, allows gamers with an eye for detail to modify all the buildings in the game with Autodesk 3ds Max (not included) and then share these new designs as custom buildings. Gamers without the necessary design software can still use the toolkit as a way to import community-created designs into their copy of City Life.

    To take things even further, CDV and Monte Cristo will be releasing multiple building packages in the upcoming weeks, which can be used by aspiring designers to modify every building found in City Life.

    For more information about City Life or CDV, please visit http://citylife.cdvus.com or http://www.gamespress.com/cdv.

    Contributed by Sciere (251659) on Jul 28, 2006.

Press release (30th May 2006):

    CDV Kicks Urban Planning into Overdrive with the Release of City Life

    CDV's City Builder Heads to Retail

    CDV Software Entertainment USA is pleased to announce the release of City Life to North American retail today. City Life, a city building simulation developed by Monte Cristo, gives players the opportunity to build and manage a modern day metropolis in a fully 3D world. In the game, players will make decisions that will affect the lives of millions of citizens, for better or worse. More information is available at www.gamespress.com/cdv or via http://citylife.cdvus.com.

    City Life takes the city building genre into the 21st century with a powerful 3D engine and an exciting variety of gameplay features. In the game, players will take on the role of urban planner and real estate developer, creating a metropolitan paradise from dozens of beautifully rendered structures – including elaborately crafted villas and ultra-modern skyscrapers. City Life comprises the full city building experience, requiring players to take into account the need for municipal services, education, entertainment and a complete infrastructure system while maintaining harmony between the game's six distinct social classes. The graphics engine features a level of detail unmatched in the genre, allowing players to walk the streets of their cities, or zoom out to multiple levels for a better view of the overall action. A custom map editor allows players to expand upon the 22 maps included with the game, creating near limitless replay value.

    Contributed by Sciere (251659) on Jul 28, 2006.

Press release (16th March 2006):

    City Life Fact Sheet

    A city building simulation of epic proportions, City Life will challenge players to design, build and manage a modern day metropolis in a fully 3D environment. In the game, players will create a living city, striving to maintain harmony between various social classes through skilled urban planning and meeting their day-to-day needs.
    • A true 3D city builder that allows the player to grow his or her creations from a small village to a massive megalopolis, creating a living breathing metropolis filled with diverse citizens moving to and fro, interacting realistically with one another and the player.

    • Twenty-two included terrains and a variety of distinct structures - from run-down tenements and corner gas stations to elegant villas and imposing skyscrapers - are available to challenge players

    • Gameplay can be pursued in an open-ended sandbox mode or in a goal-oriented approach

    • An extensive city editor allows players to create sophisticated and challenging city management situations, and then share these online with the City Life community

    • A powerful game engine takes into account population density, pollution, economics, education, the mood and social background of the citizenry, and much more to create a rich game experience

    • Six distinct social classes challenge players' design and management skills. Unique amenities must be offered to meet the varying expectations of the citizenry, as only diverse but harmonious neighborhoods allow a city to reach its full potential.

    Contributed by Sciere (251659) on Jul 28, 2006.

Press release (1st March 2006):

    CDV Gets Urban with City Life for PC

    CDV Announces Partnership to Publish City Life

    CDV Software Entertainment USA today announced a publishing agreement with Monte Cristo to release the English language version of City Life in North America. City Life, in development by Monte Cristo, is a city builder that gives players the opportunity to build and manage a modern day metropolis in a fully 3D world. In the game, players will make decisions that will affect the lives of millions of citizens, for better or worse. CDV will ship City Life this summer.

    City Life takes the city building genre into the 21st century with a powerful 3D engine and an exciting variety of gameplay features. In the game, players will take on the role of urban planner and real estate developer, creating a metropolitan paradise from dozens of beautifully rendered structures – including elaborately crafted villas and ultra-modern skyscrapers. City Life comprises the full city building experience, requiring players to take into account the need for municipal services, education, entertainment and a complete infrastructure system while maintaining harmony between the game's six distinct social classes. The graphics engine features a level of detail unmatched in the genre, allowing players to walk the streets of their cities, or zoom out to multiple levels for a better view of the overall action. A custom map editor will allow players to expand upon the 22 maps included with the game, creating near limitless replay value.

    Contributed by Sciere (251659) on Jul 28, 2006.

Press release (1st February 2006):

    CITY LIFE

    CITY DEVELOPMENT GOES ONLINE ...

    BASINGSTOKE, England (February 1st 2006) – Publishers MONTE CRISTO and DEEP SILVER cut the red ribbon for the unveiling ceremony of the official CITY LIFE website.

    City Life is a modern day city building simulation, where players are able to create a sprawling metropolis; governing millions of citizens from six distinct cultures, every decision impacting upon their daily lives.

    The official website features in-depth information about the game, the very latest visuals, pc desktop wallpaper kits, downloadable fan site kits and the official trailer.

    The official website's URL is http://www.citylife-game.com/

    Exclusively distributed by KOCH Media in UK and Germany, CITY LIFE is set for launch 12th MAY 2006.

    Contributed by Sciere (251659) on Jul 28, 2006.

Press release (7th December 2005):

    CITY LIFE

    BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY... FROM MONTE CRISTO

    BASINGSTOKE, England (December 7th 2005)
    – Publishers MONTE CRISTO and DEEP SILVER commence construction on their latest project, in the form of CITY LIFE. Releasing on PC CD ROM, City Life is a modern day city building simulation, where players are able to create a sprawling metropolis; governing millions of citizens, every decision impacting upon their daily lives. Featuring a full 3D engine, City Life brings an unprecedented level of detail and a high-level of animation to the 'City Builder' genre. Priced at £29.99, city development will commence on APRIL 2006, exclusively distributed by KOCH Media in the UK.

    From elegant villas in residential neighborhoods to imposing skyscrapers in the financial district, players design and develop the city of their dreams. They have to provide comfort and satisfaction for the citizens by offering them adequate leisure and entertainment facilities, as well as work and access to education. It's up to the player to manage their city effectively, overseeing booming development while at the same time regulating the very delicate issues of pollution and traffic. Players must also ensure that the diverse communities share the city in the best way possible to guarantee a peaceful and prosperous city.

    City Life is an incredible city builder, set in real-time 3D. Players construct awe inspiring megalopolises thriving with life. The stunning 3D game engine, powers the incredibly realistic visuals, which are full of life and energy. As the player sweeps amongst the towering cityscape, watch the shadows lengthen as the day draws on, catch building reflections in the mirrored windows of the financial district and see the shimmering image of their construction as they stand at the waters edge. Players can view the game from different non-isometric perspectives as the camera can rotate in all directions; and zoom is fully supported all the way into first-person view, to walk amongst the citizens of their thriving city.

    Construction of CITY LIFE will complete in time for the April 2006 unveiling.

    FEATURES
    • CREATE A MODERN 21st CENTURY CITY – As city planner, build the city of the future including residential, industrial, municipal services, education, entertainment and a complete infrastructure system.

    • MANAGE URBAN CULTURES – 6 distinct cultures require the player's attention, each with unique needs and attitudes. From the affluent Elite class to the cornerstone of society, the working class. Provide appropriate accommodation and entertainment to ensure harmony within the city.

    • MONITOR THE EVOLUTION OF THE CITY – track income and spending within the city. Understand the population – where they work, how happy they are? Refine the infrastructure for maximum efficiency.

    • PLAY IN SANDBOX MODE – in over 20 predefined maps.

    • CREATE CUSTOM MAPS – using the intuitive and highly detailed game editor.

    • STATE OF THE ART 3D ENGINE – Real freedom of construction, not limited by the constraints of the orthogonal grid. Zoom and pan the camera in all directions, even all the way down to street level as a first person view.
    Published by MONTE CRISTO & DEEP SILVER and distributed exclusively by KOCH Media in UK and Germany. CITY LIFE is set for launch APRIL 2006.

    Contributed by Sciere (251659) on Jul 28, 2006.

Press release (10th November 2005):

    Deep Silver Releases City Building Simulation "City Life"

    FURTHER DEAL WITH MONTE CRISTO

    BASINGSTOKE, England (November 10th 2005)
    - KOCH Media hereby announces the successful conclusion of another deal with French publisher MONTE CRISTO: The games label DEEP SILVER has secured co-publishing rights to the city building simulation "CITY LIFE". KOCH Media will be distributing the title "City Life" in Germany and the UK under the label Deep Silver.

    "City Life" is a modern city building simulation in a detailed real-time 3D view. The game allows building and managing 21st century cities in animated environments full of special effects. At the same time, the interests of six different population groups must be considered. "City Life's" 3D engine even allows zooming right into the heart of the city to watch life in the city from the perspective of its inhabitants.

    "City Life" will be released in the 2nd quarter of 2006.

    Features:
    • Huge 3D city building simulation with a high-end 3D engine

    • Hundreds of selectable buildings

    • Six population groups with different needs

    • Total freedom of design: elements can be placed as desired

    • Map editor for creating customised maps
    Published by MONTE CRISTO & DEEP SILVER and distributed exclusively by KOCH Media, "CITY LIFE" is set for launch Q2 2006.

    Contributed by Sciere (251659) on Jul 28, 2006.