Posted by: CityVille | April 2, 2012

Be the first to check out Downtown and experience all of the fun that awaits you!


Benefits for Dowtown

  • Brand new space to play, explore and build on!
  • New features, new buildings, and new place to build!
  • Opportunity to make more coins by having an active downtown!
  • Two FREE expansions on your CityVille Board to place your Downtown Portal!
  • Having an active Downtown adds bonus to your main City!
  • Players that are out of board space can still grow their City in new ways
  • New strategies and challenges to accomplish like Increasing Downtown Value!
  • Give Premium goods a new worth!
  • Introducing Premium Businesses to make more coins and increase downtown value!
  • You can move the majority of your original City’s items into Downtown!

Benefits for Unlocking Early

  • You receive an EXCLUSIVE Premium Business: Roof Top Bar in your Inventory!
  • Downtown is a whole new exciting board to check out before anyone else!
  • Interact with Downtown before your friends and learn the ins and outs first!

Summary FAQ

  • Q: What is a Downtown Portal?
    A: A Downtown Portal is an item that will be placed on your map or in your inventory. This allows you to travel to your Downtown.

  • Q: What is a Downtown?
    A: Downtown is a whole new area we’ve designed for you to play! This is a 10 Expansion by 10 Expansion area. Once you unlock the Downtown portal you will be able to visit and build there!

  • Q: What are the benefits to having a portal in my City?
    A: You can go back and forth from your City to Downtown, which is the new hottest thing in CityVille! When you grow your downtown your portal will give a bigger bonus to your main City!
  • Q: What are the prerequisites for this feature?
    A: This feature is available to players level 20+ and pay the unlock price. Note: This is gradually rolling out to more players.
  • Q: How can I unlock downtown for early access?
    A: If you want to be the first to see downtown you will click on your Downtown Portal to buy the Downtown Unlock. By unlocking, this will also give you an exclusive premium business for your city the Roof Top.
  • Q: Can I have multiple Downtown Portals?
    A: No. We will only give you one Downtown Portal to place in your City. This portal can also be stored in your Inventory.
  • Q: What happens if I try to remove my Downtown Portal? Can I place the Portal in my Inventory?
    A: Yes, this item will be sent to your inventory if you try to remove it. You will still be able to travel from your regular City to your Downtown without a portal on your gameboard.

  • Q: What is the exact size of the Downtown Portal in my City?
    A: This item has a footprint of 24 x 12. We have given most players who have not yet fully expanded 2 Free Expansions to place this item.
  • Q: When will Downtown access roll out to all players?
    A: Soon!
  • Q: What items will carry over that I can place in Downtown?
    A: The majority of your Inventory items will carry over, XP, Energy, Population, City Cash and Coins. However, there are some exclusions that will not be able to be placed in your Downtown such as water decoration, your Downtown portal, Eternal fountain, Turbo Statue, Piers, Warehouses, Seasons, Citizen Clothing, Rent Collector, Bridge, Wind Farms, Islands, Power Dam, etc.

  • Q: Do I use my energy for both areas: regular city and downtown?
    A: Yes. We are currently working on new ways to help you gain more energy!
  • Q: Do items in your Downtown count for your original city quests? Or Vice Versa?
    A: Yes they should!

    Q: Can Downtown Specific Items go in my Original City too?

  • A: Yes. However, please note that items that give Downtown Value only give Downtown Value when they are placed in your Downtown.

  • Q: What is Downtown Value?
    A: Downtown Value is a new statistic in your Downtown, it is very similar to population statistic in your original City Board. All buildings will either have a downtown value or a downtown value maximum capacity.

    Note: Buildings with the Keywords “Arts and Leisure” will have better downtown allowance compared to other buildings.

  • Q: How will the new buildings and old buildings work on the Main and Downtown board?
    A: Here is a quick breakdown…

    Downtown Board

    Residences – continue to give Population and Rent
    Regular Businesses – supply with goods and earns coins
    New Premium Businesses – supply with premium goods, earns coins, gives Downtown Value upon placement and potentially increases Downtown Value upon harvest.
    Original Community Buildings – collect coins and increases population maximum
    Original Community Buildings (Art and Leisure) – collect coins and increases population max.
    New Community Buildings (Art and Leisure) – – collect coins, increases Downtown Value allowance and increases population maximum.
    Decorations – Give Area of Effect Bonus upon harvest/collection
    New Decorations – – Give Area of Effect Bonus upon harvest/collection and gives Downtown Value.

    Main Board

    Residences – continue to give Population and Rent
    Regular Businesses – supply with goods and earns coins
    New Premium Businesses – supply with premium goods and earns coins
    Original Community Buildings – collect coins and increases population maximum
    Original Community Buildings (Art and Leisure) – collect coins and increases population maximum.
    New Community Buildings (Art and Leisure) – – collect coins and increases population maximum.
    Decorations – Give Area of Effect Bonus upon harvest/collection
    New Decorations – – Give Area of Effect Bonus upon harvest/collection

  • Q: How can I earn more with my premium businesses?
    A: Make sure to get your peak earnings by collecting your business earnings 24 hours after they are complete.
  • Q: Can I move or remove the roads that are already placed in Downtown?
    A: Yes and Yes!

    Q: What are the requirements to expand in Downtown?

  • A: You will need permits and a required amount of Downtown Value.

  • Q: How do I go back and forth from my original City and Downtown?
    A: When you are in your original City you will have your Downtown Portal Item you will click on the following icon at the bottom of your screen.

    You can get to your original City from Downtown through clicking the following icon.

  • Q: How do I earn Premium Goods?
    A: The original factory, the Cove Island Factory and the Trucking Depot all create premium goods. You can also purchase more Premium goods through the Downtown Build Menu. To learn more about Truck Depot visit the Official Guide.

  • Q: How do I store premium goods?
    A: There will be both coin and City Cash premium good storage items available in the Build Menu.


    Q: My regular businesses are taking my Premium Goods first and I need them to supply my Premium Businesses! What should I do?

  • A: Make sure to supply your Premium Businesses first during your gameplay. We’re currently investigating this flow and looking into adjusting.

  • Q: How can I find items/buildings for Downtown?
    A: When you visit Downtown click the “Build Button”. Then go to the Downtown Tab to search for these new Downtown Items.

  • Q: Will there be quests to complete in Downtown too?
    A: Yes!

  • Q: Will certain quest tasks count towards my Downtown Quests and my regular City Quests?
    A: Yes, they should!
  • Q: Now that there is Downtown, should we expect there to me less in regular City?
    A: No! We plan to release new features, quests and content for both areas that you play in!
  • Q: What are these already placed items in my Downtown?
    A: We’ve started building many items in your Downtown. You will need to expand to these areas to continue building and complete them.

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