Just in time for Halloween, Zynga has updated a selection of its Facebook games with special, limited-edition content. From new animals in FarmVille, to Halloween-themed cooking appliances in ChefVille, Zynga hopes to offer something frightfully fun to everyone this spooky season.
Zynga has announced the largest gameplay update in FarmVille 2 history, introducing the new Appaloosa River expansion to farmers worldwide.
The expansion was announced on Zynga’s Twitch channel, where players were given their first sneak peek of the expansion. The Appaloosa River has started to overflow, giving players a chance to expand their farm into a dock over the flowing water at the right side of the screen. Players can choose to pay Farm Bucks to expand into the river early, or they can wait for the expansion to unlock for free in September.
Zynga has announced CastleVille Legends, a sequel of sorts to Zynga’s popular Facebook game CastleVille, which launched in the fall of 2011. The Facebook game gives players a chance to build a medieval inspired kingdom, complete with magical creatures, spells and monsters to battle and defeat along the way.
Zynga is reportedly planning to announce a major restructuring at the corporate level, as sources tell AllThingsD that three of Zynga’s C-level executives are leaving the company. Zynga’s COO David Ko, Chief People Officer Colleen McCreary and Chief Technology Officer Cadier Lee will step down from their positions.
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.
Rebellion Entertainment has announced its Evil Genius Online will come to Facebook and Zynga.com later this year. The game is the latest in the Evil Genius series, which focuses on “super villain” humor and real-time-strategy gameplay.
Zynga recently announced its plans to completely shutter OMGPop.com and close four of the developer’s Facebook games, including Gem Rush and Cupcake Corner. However, before the axe was ultimately swung, members of the OMGPop team reportedly attempted to buy the site back from Zynga.
Zynga has confirmed the launch of its newest game, 1 Word, on mobile social messaging app Kik. The Kik platform passed more than 50 million users earlier this year, and features a variety of applications (called Kik Cards) and in-house developed games. However, Zynga’s picture-based social game is the first game on the Kik messenger platform from a third party games developer.
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