Do you still remember Farmville? 11 years after making its debut and convincing Facebook users to take care of their virtual farms, Zynga, the producer of the popular game, announced the end of an era.
In a statement on the official page of support for players, the company indicates that the game will stop working from December 31 this year. The company also indicates that virtual farmers will be able to continue making in-game purchases until November 17, when the payment system will be deactivated.
The news is not entirely unexpected, since Facebook had already revealed in July that it would no longer support Flash games by the end of 2020.
It is recalled that Adobe itself had already announced in June the end of support for Flash, given the security weaknesses that could put users at risk. By the end of the year, the company is also actively encouraging the abandonment of the software.
“We are aware that many of our users have been here since the beginning, helping to build an incredible global community of players over the years,” says Zynga. Altogether, it is estimated that at the height of its popularity, the game will have achieved a daily base of 32 million active users.
However, popularity has also been accompanied by some controversy. For example, in 2011, Zyga was sued for allegedly violating other companies’ patents in creating Farmville and Mafia Wars, another of their popular creations.
It is true that the Facebook game will be permanently closed, but players will be able to continue to dedicate themselves to the chores of their virtual farms in multiple mobile versions, such as Farmville 2: Aventuras no Campo, whose original version hit digital stores in 2012, or Farmville 2: Tropical Paradise. Zynga also reveals that it is preparing for the worldwide launch of Farmville 3.