Do you remember FarmVille? At one time, this game, which launched in 2009, was hugely popular worldwide and has already reached over 83 million monthly active users. As people logged in more and more on smartphones and less and less on their computers, FarmVille saw a slow decline.
This year, after eleven years of existence, FarmVille will finally say goodbye. This closure is declared by publisher Zynga at the end of support for the Flash technology on which the game depends.
We’ve talked about the end of Flash for years. And it will finally take place this year. After December 31st, Adobe will completely abandon this technology and Facebook will no longer support it on its gaming platform. On the other hand, most browsers have already announced their schedules to end Flash support.
“We hope that the gaming experiences we have developed over the years provide you with the highest level of entertainment that we at Zynga aim to achieve. We look forward to visiting Farmville 2: Tropic Escape, Farmville 2: Country Escape and the next worldwide mobile launch of FarmVille 3 with you. “we read in Zynga’s ad.
In-app purchases on FarmVille will no longer be available starting November 17th. And existing credits must be used before December 31st. As the editor stated, other versions of FarmVille also exist. However, the ending of the original game (along with the death of Flash) marks the end of an era.
It should also be noted that FarmVille is unlikely to be the only online game disappearing from the internet due to the end of Flash support in browsers and on Facebook’s gaming platform.
Flash, an outdated technology
To keep some Flash games going with the end of support for this technology, a project called Flashpoint did archival work to keep tens of thousands of games and animations available.
“BlueMaximas Flashpoint is a web game preservation project. The history and culture of the Internet is important, and content created on web platforms, including but not limited to Adobe Flash, is an important part of that culture. The aim of this project is to gain as much experience as possible with these platforms so that they are not lost over time. “we can read on the website of this project.
As a reminder, Adobe announced the death of Flash in 2017. Flash used to be an indispensable tool for interactive websites. It is out of date and is now being replaced by web technologies like HTML5.
Even so, Adobe decided to give the developers time to transition. “Multiple industries and companies have taken care of Flash technology – including games, education, and video – and we are committed to supporting Flash through 2020 as customers and partners execute on their plans. Migration “the company had explained.