Today, September 5th 2012, Zynga quietly released FarmVille 2, it’s new virtual faming game!
We know that many of you loyal FarmVille Freaks are curious about FarmVille 2, so we wanted to let you know about it’s release.
FarmVille 2 is the sequel to FarmVille, but is an entirely new game experience. FarmVille 2 is independent of FarmVille and none of your stuff like Farm Cash, animals, decorations, or buildings from FarmVille carries over. Again, it is an entirely new game. Don’t worry the original FarmVille is not going anywhere. In FarmVille 2, players are invited to return to their old family farm in the countryside where they can work on getting it thriving again.
Before we go any further- we want to point out that FarmVille 2 is energy-driven like so many of Zynga’s other games. There are things such as Water requirements that can max out your play if you don’t have enough of these items to continue your play. Water is essential for running a farm, and if you don’t have enough, you’ll have to beg friends or wait to your water replenishes over time.
FarmVille 2 Post Card
As you all know, the original FarmVille put Zynga on the map and helped mainstream social gaming. Zynga is aware of the special relationship between FarmVille and it’s devoted players (FarmVille Freaks like yourself) and they have no intention of hurting this franchise with the release of FarmVille 2. Tim LeTourneau, vice president of games at Zynga says,
“The FarmVille franchise brought social games into mainstream consciousness, and we’re proud to launch a new chapter in the FarmVille legacy. FarmVille 2 offers players a new way to farm by delivering an immersive experience, rich characters, and new social features that make game boards come to life with their friends. We can’t wait to see the farms that players create.”
Zynga promises to not forget about the original FarmVille game and its large following of players, “Current players of FarmVille also have more to look forward to as Zynga will continue to roll out new expansions and new ways to decorate and share. FarmVille 2 and FarmVille have dedicated teams working to bring players a unique and enriching experience in each game.” The original FarmVille will continue to have new content including market updates and new features.
“We also want dedicated players of FarmVille to know that we remain fully committed to bringing them new reasons to play the original game they love.”
Besides its stunning 3D visuals, it boasts bragging rights as Zynga’s first ever game completely done in 3D graphics. It also introduces a new virtual farming experience and more incorporated friend interaction. In FarmVille 2, players are treated to an amazingly interactive and responsive virtual world where they can create their own farm homestead. Getting back to the farming basics- you can plant crops, raise animals, and sell your goods at a roadside grocery stand on your farm. There’s also Farm Mastery and crafting. The FarmVille 2 experience promises to work more like a real farm would. For example, crops yield crops and you sell them for coins or use your harvest to make animal feed and goods, only time will tell if it will be subjected to alien invasions and flying unicorns.
Farm Mastery & Crafting– FarmVille 2’s ecosystem thrives on water, just like a real farm. Players gather water from their well and their friends’ wells, and use it to nurture crops which, in turn, create feed for animals that produce ingredients such as milk and cheese. Players use these ingredients to craft useful items which can be sold in the roadside stand. As players continue this virtuous cycle, they’ll find that their crops grow faster and when the conditions are just right, players can grow giant prized crops to compete with friends. As players progress, they level up to unlock new items and expand their farm.
FarmVille 2 Crafting
Nurturing Animals– In FarmVille 2, farm animals really come to life. Players care for their animals from babies to adults, and use resources they produce, such as milk or eggs, to sustain and grow their farm. Each animal responds differently to a player’s touch and just like crops, players can nurture and grow their animals to earn rewards.
FarmVille 2 Animals
Decorator’s Dream – Decorating, organizing and expanding farms can now be done effortlessly. FarmVille 2 includes a brand new control system where players use their mouse like a paintbrush to plant seeds, water crops and move items in broad strokes. For the first time ever, players can now right click in a Zynga game. This subtle, yet powerful, feature lets players more quickly pick up, move and rotate objects on their farm as they find new ways to express themselves. The rich and vibrant 3D world of FarmVille 2 includes gorgeous and adorable items ranging from garden gnomes to sprawling mansions.
FarmVille 2 Farm Horizon
Memorable Characters – As players restore their family farm, they meet memorable characters along the way. Marie, a tough country girl shows players the ropes early on, while Walther Thorncroft, a retired engineer turned gentleman farmer, teaches players how to take their farm to new heights. After a player’s farm is up and running, they’ll meet Cornelius, a local grocer unlike any other from previous games. Cornelius gives players daily challenges to harvest crops for his general store and uniquely tailors each challenge to actions players already enjoy taking within their farm.
FarmVille 2 Helpers
Where to Play FarmVille 2
FarmVille 2 is available on Facebook and Zynga.com in 16 different languages including: English, Danish, Arabic, Dutch, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and traditional Chinese. As we mentioned above, Zynga also announced that FarmVille 2 is also Zynga’s first game to be developed for Adobe® Flash® Player 11 utilizing Stage 3D technology, “which brings gameplay to a new level and allows players to draw a deeper emotional connection to the farms they create. ”
Expect to see wider marketing for FarmVille 2 to begin in a few weeks and no doubt in-game cross promotions.
We will be posting more information throughout the day about FarmVille 2. In the meantime please ask us your questions in the comments below.
How many of you FarmVille Freaks will try playing FarmVille 2?
Yesterday, June 26th 2012, Zynga launched an official FarmVille 2 Facebook Fan Page and it is legit. The company released details on FarmVille 2 as “coming soon” along with the announcement of other new Zynga games including The Ville and ChefVille titles at a Zynga Unleashed event in San Francisco at Zynga’s headquarters. They also revealed plans for their new social gaming network, “Zynga With Friends”, which it describes as “a unified experience that will connect all players on any platform.” (Source: MSNBC)
FarmVille FarmVille 2 In-Game
The big Z confirmed that the sequel to FarmVille will officially be called FarmVille 2 with the launch of its official Facebook Fan Page. We’ve heard rumors of the FarmVille game spin-off under the names Big Harvest and FarmVille 2 and shared with you some substantial evidence (see article links below) about the upcoming game here on FarmVille Freak. Rather than being a FarmVille destination farm such as Jade Falls, Hawaiian Paradise, etc. this is a brand new game from Zynga. What can we expect? If you’ve missed the sneak peeks of the Big Harvest screenshots, you can check them out below. The first thing you’ll notice is a graphics upgrade with the more three-dimensional eye candy of some of Zynga’s newer games- think CastleVille, which FarmVille rightfully deserves.
FarmVille Big Harvest In-Game
You can visit FarmVille 2′s Facebook Fan Page here:
As of now there is no official launch date for FarmVille 2. We know you must have tons of questions about this upcoming game and its connection to your favorite regular old virtual farmin’ game. Stay tuned to FarmVille Freak for all the coverage on FarmVille and FarmVille 2!
What do you think, FarmVille Freaks? Are you excited about a sequel to FarmVille?
You’ve already heard the rumors about a sequel to FarmVille, FarmVille 2, that’s been circulating the internet and also mentioned on FarmVille Freak. (Read that article by clicking here.)
Well, the story develops and more interesting pieces of farming goodness have been leaked at TechCrunch. Supposedly FarmVille version 2.0 is already being user tested in the Philippines under the name Big Harvest. A sequel to FarmVille may seem far-fetched, but Zynga has done it with some of its other games including the popular Mafia Wars. However, whether Mafia Wars sequels were successful remains questionable. For those of you naysayers and anti-FarmVille types that think everyone has already migrated off the farm and that a another farming game is so 2009, well here’s a fact for thought: In 2012 FarmVille still remains Zynga’s highest earning game earning nearly 30% of its online game revenue. Upsetting its dedicated players with a sequel could be risky business, but introducing a sequel the right way by keeping FarmVille Freaks happy could be both profitable and an enjoyable experience for players in the next chapter in virtual farming.
Even though Zynga remains mum on the sequel and declines to comment on the development of a sequel to FarmVille here’s some familiar FarmVille-esque screenshots of the beta version of Big Harvest. What do we see? Regarding graphics we see an upgraded FarmVille with the more three-dimensional eye candy of some of Zynga’s newer games- think CastleVille, which FarmVille rightfully deserves. But at what cost is still to be determined. Our farms are precious and the time (and money) spent toiling over every blade of grass and plot of dirt not to mention our collection of animals, buildings, decorations, and endless stuff collecting dust in our Storage Cellars is a very hard thing to leave behind indeed.
FarmVille Big Harvest In-Game
What do you think FarmVille Freaks, how do you feel about a sequel to FarmVille?
Rumors of a sequel to FarmVille, creatively called FarmVille 2, are circulating around the internet. Popular gaming site Kotaku as well as as VG247 mention a Zynga sequel to FarmVille.
Surely inquiring FarmVille Freaks want to know what exactly is FarmVille 2 and what does a sequel to FarmVille actually mean? Before you start asking a gazillion questions, not much is known about the sequel to our favorite farming game. Speculation of a sequel was triggered by a copywriter’s online resume that sources his work on “pitching FarmVille 2″.
Wait…aren’t FarmVille’s destination farms (English Countryside, Lighthouse Cove, Winter Wonderland, and Hawaiian Paradise) considered expansions of FarmVille and thus a sequel too? Well, that’s what we thought, but we all know that FarmVille has been locked down to Facebook due to exclusivity issues. You won’t find FarmVille anywhere else other than Facebook. In other words, the only place that you can access your beloved FarmVille farm is via Facebook. Even though other Zynga games are featured on outlets besides Facebook (Google Games, Zynga.com) FarmVille’s absence is well noted. Perhaps, FarmVille 2 will be able to expand to greener pastures beyond the confines of Facebook and thus expand Zynga’s reach into the farming sector of the social gaming community as well.
Zynga is scheduled to make an appearance at E3 2012 for the first time and hopefully they are planning to announce big news or at least some new information concerning the development or existence of FarmVille 2.
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