FarmVille will be shutting down at the end of this year, marking the end of an era for players who used Flash player games.
Techies wouldn’t be at all surprised by this news. Facebook – along with web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple’s Safari – have all announced they’ll no longer be supporting Flash after December 31, meaning the death knell for several games including the iconic FarmVille.
FarmVille was launched by company Zynga in 2009 and by 2019, had 83 million monthly active players. FarmVille players will still be able to make in-app purchases up until November 17, when the payment system will shut down. The game will permanently shut down on December 31.
But it's not all bad news: Zynga say they’re in the process of making a mobile-version of FarmVille 3, which will available worldwide sometime very soon. Another upside: you'll no longer be subjected to fb notifications from loose acquaintances inviting you to play FarmVille with them. That was annoying.
The shutting down of Flash support on browsers and devices is a big deal and has been a long time coming – back in 2017, Adobe had announced they would end support for it at the end of this year. It’s currently still being used by a number of sites hosting games, video clips and education software, all of which will stop working when it closes.
Flashpoint, a software preservation effort, meanwhile, is attempting to salvage the situation by archiving as many of those iconic games as it can. So far its supposedly managed to do so for 59,000 of them – the OG FarmVille not among them. :(
Main Image Credit: FarmVille, Zynga