Electronic Arts has revealed its plans to shutter PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies Adventures on Facebook. The game was released in 2013, and sees players defending a base from the undead. It features famous franchise plants like Sunflowers and Wall-Nuts, as well as new zombies and plants, like the Beet, which causes large amounts of melee damage to enemies.
Just days after announcing the upcoming closure of its hidden object game Hidden Chronicles, game developer Zynga has announced the closure of two additional games: Cafe World and CoasterVille. Cafe World, the developer’s first restaurant simulation game, has been around since 2009, where it rocketed to popularity, gaining over 8.6 million players in a week.
Meanwhile, CoasterVille was released in late 2012, and allows users to build their own amusement parks, complete with customizable roller coasters, bathrooms and decorations for guest amusement. Both games will bid farewell to Facebook on July 22, 2014.
As part of Zynga’s shifting focus from Facebook to mobile development, the developer / publisher has announced the upcoming closure of another Facebook title, Hidden Chronicles. First launched in January 2012, Hidden Chronicles asks players to solve the mystery of their uncle’s disappearance by completing dozens of hidden object scenes and repairing the family mansion.
Zynga announced the closure of its life simulation game YoVille in January 2014, triggering an instant reaction from players, who begged Zynga to reconsider its decision. When closure announcements are made, they’re traditionally final. However, Zynga has listened to its fans, and has reversed its decision to close the game on March 31, as was originally planned.
Insomniac Games has announced the closure of Outernauts on Facebook, and a progression of the franchise to other devices. The game saw players exploring planets in outer space, and had just 114,000 monthly active users (MAU) on January 31, its last day of operation. According to our app tracking service AppData, Outernauts had actually gained users in recent weeks, starting the year with 87,000 MAU.
Mobile and social game developer Zynga has announced the closure of YoVille, one of the longest running Facebook games on the platform. The life simulation and home decoration game has just 354,000 monthly active users (MAU) as of this writing, according to our app tracking service AppData. The app peaked in 2009 at nearly 19.9 million MAU, but has been on a fairly steady decline ever since.
Zynga has quietly announced the closure of Zynga Slingo on Facebook, scheduled for later this month. While Zynga Slingo has over 3.5 million monthly active users, this move comes as no surprise, as RealNetworks purchased the Slingo name and brand at the end of July for $15.6 million, according to TechCrunch.
Candy Crush Saga developer King (formerly King.com) has quietly revealed the closure of some of its older, less successful Facebook games. The move will see Bubble Saga, Hoop de Loop Saga, Miner Speed and Puzzle Saga all close on September 10, but the company’s most popular ‘Saga’ games won’t be affected. This closure also affects King’s test project King Gold Games, a Facebook hub for events and new game discovery.
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