Facebook's FarmVille game to discontinue in December 2020 after 11-year run

Facebook's FarmVille game to discontinue in December 2020 after 11-year run

Zynga, the developer of Farmville, announced it will close the game 11 years after its initial launch in 2009.

In 2009, Zynga developed and published FarmVille, which was available as a Flash game through Facebook and MSN Games. Actions like ploughing land, sowing seeds, feeding animals, buying items, and selling produce gave the player experience points, and levelling up unlocked new crops and animals.

While most people probably don't think of FarmVille too often anymore, the game did attract millions of users, so this change could still impact plenty of people. In March 2010, the game had a whopping 84 million monthly active players, and daily active players peaked at 34.5 million. Adobe will stop distributing and updating the Flash Player on december 31 and Facebook will also stop supporting Flash games at the same time, so FarmVille either had to be ported or shut down.

Zynga said it is "working on fun in-game activities" for the remaining time, and pointed players towards Farmville 2: Tropic Escape on mobile and the upcoming worldwide launch of Farmville 3 for mobile, which is now in soft launch. Zynga said in-app purchases will be available until November 17, " at which point the game's payment system will be completely turned off".

In advance of sunsetting the game, we would like to point out that in-app purchases will be available up until November 17, at which point the game's payment system will be completely turned off.

Officially, the sun will set on FarmVille for the last time on December 31st, 2020. It was a farming-simulation online game, which required players to plough, plant, harvest and raise livestock, along with all of their friends.

The developer ended the post by stating, "We look forward to you joining us in FarmVille 2: Tropic Escape and the upcoming worldwide launch of FarmVille 3 on mobile".

Zynga also advised users to use their remaining credits before December 31.

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