Is this Zynga's next cash cow? It looks like FarmVille 2 is already in beta testing under the name 'Big Harvest' in the Philippines.
By KIM-MAI CUTLER From TechCrunch
As you can see from the screenshot below, the game is way more three-dimensional, the crops are really lush and the graphics are just of a different quality level. There are several tweaks to the game play. Crops that are harvested can be turned into feed. Animals jump around after being fed. Players can take the milk and eggs from their animals and make pies.
Zynga declined to comment. "We don't comment on what we may or may not be working on. What we can tell you is that we're always looking for ways to bring players the best experience by listening to their feedback and continuously innovating on our games," the company said in a statement.
Zynga has to be super, crazy careful with FarmVille. This game is the company's crown jewel and still makes more money than any other Zynga game. Tinkering with the company's biggest home run is a huge deal. There are risks to sequels so Zynga needs to pull this launch off perfectly. In the same SEC filing this week, Zynga revealed that Mafia Wars' revenue declined by $26.5 million in the first quarter compared to the year before. This was partly because the game's sequel Mafia Wars 2 apparently drew many of the "whales" (the people who actually pay a lot of money in these games) away from the original. But Mafia Wars 2 didn't ended up retaining them.
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