While it seems like most of the past year’s problems will follow us into the next, there is a comforting thought. Whatever 2021 brings, FarmVille it doesn’t come with. Facebook’s original super-annoying social game will close its doors permanently on December 31, 2020.
Launched in 2009, FarmVille was the first big social gaming sensation, filling Facebook feeds around the world with requests for seeds and water and other virtual bullshit needed to make players’ pixelated farms all look good. The once ubiquitous agricultural simulation was so popular that it was once a major reason behind it Kotaku Social, a short-lived semi-spin-off that my editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo hired me on in 2012. I had to post tips on Farmville, guys. It was hell.
All this ends on December 31st. FarmVille is a Flash game and with Facebook removing support for Flash games at the end of the year, it will no longer be able to maintain the abandoned storylines of the millions of players who flocked to the game in its early days. Publisher Zynga explains the whole situation in a file post on his support blog. In-app purchases will be available until November 17th, just in case anyone wants to spend a bunch of money for the sake of the old days.
Luckily the game is closing. It’s nearly impossible to play these days without installing optional plug-ins or browser extensions. I tried to visit my old farm one last time and finally gave up.
If you are a FarmVille fans, don’t be too sad. There are still a couple of different ones FarmVille 2 games out there and Zynga will be released soon FarmVille 3 for mobile devices. We will never be truly free, but we can appreciate this little victory.