FarmVille is finally shutting down after 11 years. Developer and publisher Zynga will no longer support the game once companies like Adobe, Facebook, and Google stop supporting the Flash Player that FarmVille runs on at the end of this year.
“Following an incredible 11 years since its initial launch back in 2009, we are officially announcing the closure of the original FarmVille game on Facebook,” Zynga wrote on its official support site. “As previously stated, Adobe will stop distributing and updating Flash Player for all web browsers, and Facebook will stop supporting Flash games on the platform completely after December 31st, 2020. FarmVille will therefore be directly affected as a result of this.”
The game will be playable up until December 31, but will be completely shutoff afterwards. In-app purchases will be shut off on November 17. Zynga encouraged players to move to FarmVille 2: Tropic Escape, FarmVille 2: Country Escape, and FarmVille 3, which soft launched in 2019 but still isn’t widely available, on mobile.
FarmVille was huge back in its day. More than 60 million people played actively when it first launched in 2009. It became the most popular game on Facebook. It hit its peak in 2010 with over 80 million active monthly users.
“We’re aware that many of you have been with us since the very beginning, helping to build an incredible global community of players over the years who’ve enjoyed this game just as much as we have,” Zynga wrote. “For that we say thank you.”