Zynga has a new Farmville and a new social network
Because if there’s one thing this world needs it’s more social networks.
Great news, time wasters, Zynga has a brand new edition of Farmville and a more integrated way to play that game and a bunch of other games as well.
The new network, Zynga with Friends, is designed to let people play the games with each other across multiple platforms.
From the Guardian:
Users will be able to chat with each other, organise multiplayer gaming sessions and use a Twitter-like service called Social Stream, which constantly updates participants on what others in the wider community are playing, unlocking and scoring within Zynga's range of titles.
Several of the network's key features have already been rolled out via the company's Zynga.com website, but this is the first time they will be unified into a single social service and available across all the major platforms.
Farmville 2 (catchy name, you guys!) will have more of a 3D feel than the current game. Bummer for current pretend farmers: the old game will not port over to the new game. That might seem like a bug but it’s really a feature. Zynga needs to have players continually get hooked on new games in order to keep the traffic going and sell things within those games. The games themselves are not widely regarded as being all that good so novelty is all.