Though FarmVille is shutting down on Facebook in coordination with the end of Flash Player, fans of the farm sim can still play on mobile devices.
After 11 years of large success on Facebook, FarmVille has officially shut down on the social media website due to the discontinuation of Flash Player. However, development for FarmVille's mobile versions will continue.
While Facebook began peaking in the late 2000s, FarmVille released in 2009, and shortly after became the most widely played game on the site with over 83 million monthly active users. At the time, though the farm simulator was so popular among Facebook users at the time, many reviewers, video game designers, and critics gave FarmVille a negative review for its mindless chores being so addictive.
This type of mindless task completion is all too common among mobile games now, but back in 2009 when the first FarmVille game released, life-sim style games on mobile devices, such as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp or time-wasting puzzle games like Candy Crush Saga, hadn't yet become mainstream. Rather, FarmVille would inspire ideas for other games like Cafe Life as well as two sequels to the original farming simulation game.
Eventually, however, mobile gaming would become more prominent as it could be played on-the-go, and FarmVille would get ported to iOS devices. Publisher Zynga has high hopes for FarmVille 3 on mobile devices, which is currently in development. So despite the farming simulation game losing playability on Facebook and web browsers, fans of FarmVille can still experience the mobile games on their phones.
FarmVille's closure on Facebook is due to Flash Player no longer being supported on any major web browser. Adobe announced that it would end support for Flash Player back in 2017, and Microsoft began planning to remove it from the Windows OS entirely. Apple's latest OS, Big Sur, also removes software compatibility for Flash Player.
Zynga has announced that it will be shutting down FarmVille at the end of this year. The popular Facebook game will continue to be playable until December 31st, 2020. In-app purchases will continue to be available up until November 17. In-game activities will also be available to mark the occasion. Zynga's decision is a result of Adobe's own move to stop distributing and updating Flash Player for all web browsers and Facebook consequently planning to end support for all Flash games.
In a blog post, Zynga thanked the community who have stuck by the game for 11 years. FarmVille was released on June 19th, 2009 and has gone on to have sequels in FarmVille 2, FarmVille 2: Country Escape, FarmVille 2: Tropic Escape, and the upcoming FarmVille 3. The Facebook game is both fondly remembered and infamous for its addictive gameplay requiring players to ask friends for help, filling up many users' notifications. At its peak in March 2010, the game had 83.76 million monthly active users, but continued to decline in popularity after 2011.
Though FarmVille remains the most nostalgic IP for Zynga, the American social game developer has continued to expand its library of games over the years with the acquisition of several companies and their properties. Earlier this year, Zynga acquired Peak Games for $1.8 billion. The latter company, based in Istanbul, Turkey, is known for Toon Blast and Toy Blast.
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