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Closed beta gets under way, with client and keys still available.

Paris, France – 17th June 2009. Monte Cristo, developer and publisher of CITIES XL™ , is delighted to announce that the game’s official closed Beta programme begins today. Those who were successful in their applications to join the CITIES XL Beta programme will receive their exclusive game keys today and can begin playing the full beta version of the game. UK gamers who have not applied can still get a key and download the Beta Client from the following partner websites: Eurogamer, Alltern8, GamesRadar, NowGamer, Total PC Gaming, C&VG and MMOzine.

CITIES XL enables players to develop and run their own cities, built on realistic 3D maps featuring a variety of environments from mountain ranges to beaches and islands. Each city manager, or mayor, needs to create the right combinations of job opportunities, social services, leisure activities, and special events that will occupy and entertain their citizens.

In the Beta programme, mayors can trade with one another, manage their economy and team up with neighbouring cities to create sprawling metropolises. The Beta version of CITIES XL is fully playable with online elements fully implemented.

“We’re delighted to have reached this milestone in the development of CITIES XL with the start of the Beta programme,” said Jerome Gastaldi, CEO of Monte Cristo, “We can’t wait to see how players interact with CITIES XL to create some amazing cities, and of course it will be an incredibly valuable testing time for the game itself.”

Visit for more information about the game, and to learn more about the beta programme.



CPU Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.5 GHz or better 

RAM 1 GB (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista) 

Video Card nVidia GeForce 6600GT / ATI Radeon X1600 or better 

256 MB VRAM or better 


Intel Core 2 or better

1.5 GB (XP), 2 GB (Vista)

nVidia GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 3850 or better

512 MB VRAM or better


Platform Intel Centrino 2 w/ Intel Graphic Accelerator 

RAM 1.5 GB (XP), 2.5 GB (Vista) 


Intel Centrino 2 w/ nVidia or ATI GPU w/ 512 MB VRAM

1.5 GB (XP), 2.5 GB (Vista)


Sound DirectX Compatible


Hard Drive 8 GB

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or Microsoft Windows Vista SP1

DirectX 9.0c

Note : need to be DirectX 9.0c compatible and support Shadel Model 3.0

About Monte Cristo Games

Created in 1995, Monte Cristo is a leading game production company with over a decade of experience, having successfully published 30 games worldwide. Backed by leading international venture capitalists, we are currently focusing a team of over 80 people on the development of CITIES XL™ which merges video gaming with social networking and virtual worlds.

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