After more than a decade of operations, the famous Facebook casual game, Farmville, will be closing down its digital doors for good. The announcement that Zynga would stop supporting the game came out back in September 2020, however, with the New Year finally beginning, the game closed down.
FarmVille became a massive hit when it was first launched a few years ago on Facebook, all the way back in 2009. During its prime, the game reached a total of more than 32 million players. Consider FarmVille as the early edition of Animal Crossing New Horizons – players would invite others to show off their farm and how much progress they have made, and they can also farm together as well. It was the perfect example of casual online gaming during that time.
However, the stoppage of FarmVille isn’t because of a lack of players or anything of that kind. Adobe Flash, a famous software platform that was usually utilized for the animation of online video games, has been totally discontinued and will no longer be supported on Facebook and most browsers.
This means FarmVille was one of the games that had to go. Zynga could have had the opportunity to possibly upgrade the game so it would still be playable without Adobe Flash but the company decided it was better to let it shut down.
For players of the game that still want to continue playing it, the game is succeeded by three sequels, FarmVille 2, FarmVille 2: Country Escape, and FarmVille 2: Tropic Escape, the two latter games are also extensions of the sequel.
Supposedly, Zynga has stated that FarmVille 3 will be coming soon but there has been a specific release date yet. The rest of Zynga’s game library should still remain active since their other games do not utilize Adobe Flash. However, it is still a sad day. Most famous online titles of the past use Adobe Flash, just as FarmVille had such as Crimson Room, Bloons TD5, and Club Penguin.
It is a shame that games like this had to close down when they were so famous at some point. While there are titles that are sufficiently such as Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing, no game is quite going to match up with the madness that FarmVille once had.
At the time of its release, social media had really only just started and it made FarmVille burst, but with how much is available now, it’s difficult to believe that there will be something as uniting as this title again.