Zynga Launches CityVille 2 On Facebook

    November 1, 2012
    Zach Walton
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It’s old news by now, but Zynga is still in a fair bit of trouble. The company downsized its workforce by 150 employees last month and closed a studio.The move undoubtedly raised some concerns about the future of the company, but the social games maker is pushing forward with the release of a new highly anticipated title.

Zynga announced today that CityVille 2 is now available on Facebook. The game will also be launching on Zynga.com soon. Following in the footsteps of FarmVille 2, CityVille 2 completely rethinks how city building game is played. Zynga attributes the new look and feel of CityVille 2 to Brian Reynolds, a lead designer on FrontierVille, Civilization II and other noteworthy strategy titles.

“CityVille was a runaway hit that brought players a truly social and fun city building experience. It quickly catapulted to the number one most popular social game and it stayed in that spot for more than a year after it launched, reaching 100 million MAU at its peak,” said Mark Nelson, Director of Design for CityVille 2, Zynga. “Drawing inspiration from the original CityVille, as well as FrontierVille, CityVille 2 immerses players in a storyline peppered with quirky and interesting characters, while also delivering a beautiful 3D town where players can compete with or play with friends as they build their unique city.”

CityVille players jumping into the sequel can expect a number of new features that separates it from its predecessor:

  • Districts, the social center of town – Whether creating the next French Quarter or Chinatown, customizable districts let players’ personal style shine through. Friends can visit each other’s districts to compete for VIP status to earn extra rewards, with the most frequent visitors garnering the honor along with leaderboard bragging rights and reputation points.
  • Make nice with your neighbors – In CityVille 2, players engage and interact with friends to help build up their cities, and collect crafting supplies from friends. Players can also swap strategy by talking to friends in real-time via in-game chat.
  • A new view – The 3D graphics in CityVille 2 let players toggle between different camera views, rotate buildings and see their city in ways they never imagined. And, for the first time in a Zynga game, they can also flip a switch to make it nighttime, or daytime.
  • Hustle and bustle – Like a real city, CityVille 2 features unexpected events. From realistic fires and explosions to vehicle breakdowns and traffic jams, players must respond with their city’s finest. Each interactive and dynamic vehicle serves a special purpose – police cars catch criminals, power trucks repair outages and fire trucks put out four-alarm blazes – and put players in the driver’s seat of each vehicle.
  • Cast of characters — CityVille 2 features a group of colorful characters that send players on a series of fun and challenging quests tied to a mystery “whodunit” storyline that’s sparked by an explosion at the city’s Mayoral Estate. Some of the city’s movers and shakers include Rosemary Escarole, a community activist; Kurt Steele, a wealthy industrialist; and Tre, a reality TV star wannabe.
  • Some players may not want to make the switch over to CityVille 2 just yet though. To help keep players of the original game satisfied, Zynga will be releasing a number of expansions for the original CityVille over the next few months.

    Zynga desperately needs a hit now more than ever. Sticking to Facebook, however, might not be the best course of action right now. The company needs to aggressively invest in the constantly expanding mobile market if it wants to stay afloat.

    • Jane

      Beyond the usual issues with Zynga, such as the ever-increasing need to bother the heck out of all of your Facebook friends or else spend a ton of real money just to complete basic quests…

      My biggest issue with this is that I don’t think they take into account that not everyone has the newest and fastest computers. I stopped playing the regular Cityville solely because it was so graphics intensive & such a memory hog that it froze my PC every time & I know several friends who quit for that reason too. A few friends couldn’t attempt Chefville for that reason as well. Farmville 2, ditto. So looking at the photo above, while I admit CV2 seems to bring the pretty… all I can think is, good luck getting that to load. 😛

      • Kaleb

        Oddly enough, Chefville and the Ville are really slow for me but Farmville 2 and City ville 2 so far so good

    • http://www.dynamictrick.in Daksh

      nice post and we all were waiting for this awesome game.most people like cityville on facebook.

    • George Greene

      I am just about done with the old CityVille. It’s almost a parody of its original self. “Teal DRAGONS”?? If I wanted DRAGONS I would’ve played CastleVille!! There had not been any goals related to franchises or high-rise headquarters (things that, UNlike dragons, one might actually take pride in building IN A CITY) in a VERY long time.

      It becomes a chore rather than entertainment to have goals that require you to recruit favors from large numbers of people all the time — not EVERYbody KNOWS 200 people who like these games.

    • linda jeffrey

      i take it the loss of staff and jobs has resulted in game play on Zynga unbearable – unable to load any zynga games

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    • mike

      Lots of bugs with this oen as always game wont load forcing you to refresh and try and get creative. No wonder Zynga revenue is taking a hit. You can’t sell crap to people looking for a daisy

    • http://cityville2 marian

      i been playing cityville 2 on fb.. I can do everything on the game except collect my mail feed from the lil envelope on top right corner..i tried google chrome n still nothing. I tried foxfire n the game wont load for me…im losing my gifts ppl send me….PLZZZZZ FIX IT ON FB SO I CAN GET THEM…TY

    • Brat Olsson

      I will not spend another dime on this game until all of my friends show up in my request list….This is a MAJOR PROBLEM for a game that is dependent on neighbors…i have only 3 of my over 175 friends showing up…..only 1 of those 3 play the game…..you need neighbors in order to complete quests, build, or craft anything….it is impossible with only one friend…..i have many facebook friends that play, but they do not show up on the list….i have tried adding community friends….they do not show up….however i have people who can request from me and visit me….and a couple of people i can visit, but not request anything or gift anything….

      between my husband and i we have 2 cv2s…..he shows up in my list, but he cannot request me…..all of his friends do not appear in his list either….

      they have been saying they are working on this for 2 months….hire people back to fix the games or people will not play at all….many of my friends are frustrated and we have all agreed not to spend any more money on this game until you can fix this problem….

    • Coco

      I know this game is free and I was really really enjoying it until the point came that none of my requests were even being sent out. I agree with another player who said that it is hard to complete some of the tasks without neighbor’s help so I am at the point of not playing anymore unless the problems gets fix. FarmVille 2 is the same way and I stopped playing that one. Now on CityVille 2 I did get a lot further along than I did with FarmVille 2. I love these games so please fix the problem ASAP. FarmVille 2, I never had requests sent out but on CityVille 2 at the very start I was having all requests sent then only some went out and now nothing goes out.

      Once again PLEASE fix the problems ASAP.

      Thanks for your time.

    • elizabeth

      i have been playing cityville 2 for awhile.i have lots of neighbors but not getting much help.and now my mexecan food truck app pops up everytime i try to play.please help or i will not be able to play anymore.and i can not ask friends to join.keeps saying i already asked and i did not .HELP

    • Coco

      Okay, it has been almost a week now since I posted my problem. The problem is still happening. I am to the point that I need my requests answered and still cannot. Also gifts are not being send either. Help! I give this game one more week and if the problem of the requests and gifts not being sent then I will completely stop playing this game. Once again this has been a great game until now.

      fix it, Fix It, FIX IT!!!!