Eleven years since it launched on Facebook and ten years since it was voted by TIME as one of the “50 Worst Inventions” ever, Zynga’s agricultural chore sim (and its dead-eyed workers who are definitely, probably not victims of some provincial trafficking operation) is being deleted from the internet.
Citing Adobe’s decision to end browser support for Flash content, publisher-developer Zynga has been compelled by necessity to send FarmVille to the, uh, farm. You know, the same one where mom and dad sent your gerbils because you forgot to feed them when you were in pre-school.
FarmVille’s in-app purchases close for business on 17 November, according to Zynga’s support website, and the game goes offline forever on 31 December. For the two or three people who were too busy spamming invites and planting goats (or whatever) to move over to Pretty Pet Salon or Candy Crush Saga with everybody else, the publisher promises some “fun in-game activities to be announced soon that are designed to make your remaining time with FarmVille even more enjoyable”. Like, I dunno, a free lobotomy.
The game’s mobile sequel is not shutting down, however, and FarmVille 3 is expected to launch in the next month or so. Maybe 2020 is a total wipe.