Build Your City without Tearing Down Friendships: Bigpoint Breaks New Ground with Rising Cities

·         Rising Cities now in Open Beta, allowing players to plan their very own metropolis

Hamburg/Germany: August 7, 2012 – Ever wanted to build your own virtual metropolis without having to annoy your buddies with Facebook requests and beg them for energy? Bigpoint ( is launching Rising Cities, a free-to-play urban development game, into Open Beta, to the delight of casual gamers worldwide. At, would-be mayors can play Bigpoint’s new city-builder, hassle-free, directly in their browser and start planning, building and managing all of the ins and outs of their soon-to-be booming cities. The new trailer available on Bigpoint’s YouTube channel ( gives a first impression of the game’s building blocks.

Rising Cities is designed to appeal to a wide audience – the game mechanics are intuitive and user-friendly, so even beginners should have no problems navigating the landscape of their growing towns. The game offers the player multitudes of options in terms of planning, expanding their cities and trading raw materials that are sure to engage fans of classic city simulation games. The high-quality graphics bring the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan streets to life.

“With Rising Cities, we are introducing a casual game with lots of core elements. As such, players have a depth of play in this city simulator that will enrich their experience as they trade, build and design their own metropolis,” said Jan Michel Saaksmeier, Executive Producer at Bigpoint. “All Rising Cities mayors will be able to share their victories in urban development without having to spam their buddies with Facebook requests.”

When executing their vision, enthusiastic city-planners must always try to keep their cities attractive, yet efficient, all the while staying lucrative and keeping citizens satisfied. Online urban developers must also maintain the balance of residential, commercial and industrial buildings in their cities, without losing sight of keeping their burgeoning metropolises appealing to its citizens.

It doesn’t matter what kind of towering cities players have in mind, they can bring them to life in the new free-to-play browser game Rising Cities ( The game’s Facebook page ( offers city-planners the opportunity to make connections with other players and to get the latest news directly from the Rising Cities team.

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Bigpoint ( is one of the world’s leading developers of online games, and a distributor of games to approximately 1,000 global media and publishing partners. Bigpoint’s portfolio includes games available in over 30 languages, which can be played for free in any standard web browser without having to download additional software and showcase a quality previously only offered in PC or console games. The success of the company is demonstrated by its worldwide reach of over 280 million users. With 800 staff members from over 35 countries, Bigpoint has established itself as a truly international company. Bigpoint’s main company headquarters are located in Hamburg, Germany, with additional offices in Berlin, San Francisco, São Paulo, London, Paris and Malta. Bigpoint has received numerous awards, including the Media Momentum Award 2010, the European Games Award, the Mashable Online Game Award for “Best Online Game,” the prestigious Lara Award, as well as the German Developers Award in three different categories. Additional information, including logos and game screenshots, can be found in the press information section under  

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