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Apparently, Monte Cristo has decided NOT to offer the discounted rate for 2 or 3 month subscriptions. As those who followed the game recall, this was a big selling point for CitiesXL...namely, that subscribing for three months would cut the cost down to about 5 or 6 dollars per month (much lower than the standard mmo fee).
However, in just the last 24 hours, those options have been removed, and players who want to subscribe must NOW choose the one month option, which will cost 8-10 dollars per month (in line with the standard mmo cost). Considering the game offers little to justify paying 5 dollars per month, I don't imagine forcing players to pay double will help with retention. We should know the effect of this move sometime in January or early Feb, as original 3 month subscribers are forced to renew one month at a time at a higher price.
This, coupled with some of the sales numbers floating around (tenth place on steams download list in its release week only; 14000 ranking on Amazon.com) I'd say this game is entering financial difficulties.
Good luck to the folks working at MC. Hope you make it through the holidays without any bad news.