Big City Stories: Free-to-Play City Builder Launching August 23 on PS4

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Big City Stories: Free-to-Play City Builder Launching August 23 on PS4

Hi, I’m Jeff, president and co-founder of Hellfire Games. We’re an indie studio in Austin, Texas, and I’m excited to announce the launch of Big City Stories on August 23.

For the past eighteen months we’ve been working on Big City Stories, a new type of console game. We like to think of Big City Stories as the fusion of some of our favorite genres: city-building, open-world, and MMO.

City Building and a Whole Lot More

We’re big fans of city-building simulators, but we wanted Big City Stories to be more than that. We wanted you to have the power to interact with and enjoy the city you created via third-person. This was an incredibly challenging task. Most city-builders give you a bird’s-eye view of your city, which is relatively straight-forward. Our game, on the other hand, lets you drop down to street level with the touch of a button and no load screen.

Besides the inherent art and engineering difficulties of moving between two very different modes of gameplay, our approach also required us to add much more functionality. There are many systems necessary for a third-person game that are not present in traditional city-builders, and we saw this as an opportunity to redefine a genre we love so much. Here’s a short list of the additional systems that we had to design and engineer for our unique game:

  • Highly customizable avatars with a large selection of clothing items and emotes/animations.
  • A vehicle system that lets you commandeer and drive vehicles.
  • Interactive objects such as stunt ramps and air jets that you can place anywhere.
  • Action-packed mini-games.

With the Social Element of MMOs

I was one of the original developers of Ultima Online, and I’ve always wanted to take the MMO experience to PlayStation consoles. We accomplish this in Big City Stories by adding multiplayer features normally not found in city-builders. For example, we’ve made cities persistent spaces so your friends can hang out with you; they can even check out your city when you’re offline. We’ve also added public spaces like a train station where you can make new friends.

Like MMOs, Big City Stories is designed to grow and evolve. We intend to constantly update and improve the game, adding more content and features.

As you can tell from this description, Big City Stories is much more than just another city-builder! Big City Stories gives players the tools, freedom, and control to build their dream cities, and we can’t wait to see what you do with it!

Big City Stories is free-to-play, we are launching on August 23 first in the USA, but we will expand to other regions soon.

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  • The past couple of days the game keeps disconnecting. My signal is good and other games work fine. Can you please resolve this issue?

  • Seems like a good 7.5/10 after about an hour in. The connectivity issues hurt the games score severely. Ill give it another day before I delete it. At least its free Id be ****ed if I bought the in game currency.

  • Yo you guys really need to fix the problem with people getting disconnected every 5 -10 minutes it’s gotten aggravating, if you would please do that I and other people would appreciate it very much

  • literally everything i want in a game!! i was literally just asking everyone i knew if they had any games in mind for me and i come across this one! the character customization, the free roam. a sims, saints row/gta all in one, add in the mmo. just everything all in one! i’m all here for it!!

  • Personally, I think that you added the option to buy yourself a house and edit the interior, upgrade the house to a two story house, maybe be able to interact with some of the objects within your home it would make multiplayer, and single player much more than just “build a city, and run around it with friends” but that’s just an idea though.

  • Why isn’t the game not on the canadian playstation store.

  • Hi
    I just bought big city stories today
    And was wondering
    How do I find other players towns

  • I just bought big city stories yesterday and loving it btw
    but how do I search other players towns

  • Is there a way to invite friends to your city? What about the / commands? This game looks like it will be really fun later after more public spaces come out if any will eventually

    Sincere, Pegs

  • how can we join friends in big city stories?

  • Jeff Is There Any Way Or Form That We Can Join Our Friends World? Just Asking And Can You Add A Form Of Making Gold Coins Withought Buying Them Please? (:V)

  • so when do it comes to finland ????

  • Loving this game so far!
    However, are you able to get more coins somehow without having to buy them??

  • I am loving the game. I am on level 7, but I have not received any missions or anything. In running around doing my own thing. Plus how do I add people from other stories and become friends or share resources etc… ?

  • Been playing for a couple hours now trying to find the 3 pedestrians to give a ride. I am not finding anyone that is needing a ride. Also something showing what all the symbols mean would be great. Some things I don’t understand, I guess a better tutorial would fix that and maybe a legend would be good as well.

  • I’m on level 9 y are there no more missions

  • Can I play this on vita or only ps4? Im getting a vita and really really wanna play this on the go but ps4 is pretty bulky to pack everywhere and also the tv lol. Plz tell me it will happen soon!

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