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.
What do you think FarmVille Freaks, how do you feel about a sequel to FarmVille?