By now I’d imagine just about everyone is familiar with FarmVille. The popular Facebook game rose to prominence in the early 2010s. However, 11 years after its debut FarmVille is closing down. As confirmed by developer Zynga, players will only be able to access it until December 31. At the turn of the new year, it will be closed down once and for all.
Even though FarmVille itself is set to close down at the end of the year, transactions will be cut off even earlier. Active players will only be able to make in-app purchases until November 17. Given the game’s core business model is based around this, it will effectively become unplayable once they are removed.
The end of FarmVille
This is less of a business decision and more a case of Zynga’s hand being forced. Adobe recently announced that it isn’t providing support for Adobe Flash Player for any web browser going forward.
Unfortunately for FarmVille, no Flash Player means no game client. As typical of many online games of the time, FarmVille is a flash game. Once official support for Adobe Flash Player is removed, it simply won’t run in a browser anymore. Without a complete overhaul of the farming simulation’s code, it doesn’t have a future.
All things considered; longtime fans probably shouldn’t be too disheartened. The original game was already very outdated and, if anything, it’s surprising that it managed to last this long. Zynga has already released both a FarmVille 2 and 3 on mobile. The original hadn’t received a major update in years.
If you’re an active FarmVille player be sure to use up any remaining credits before the game’s end. There will be no refund or transfers available to move your in-game currency across to either sequel. Finally, keep an eye out for FarmVille’s final events. Zynga promises it made them “even more enjoyable,” than anything seen up to now.