perhaps the most shocking news that i read the other day was Playfish/EA will close down My Empire, Hotel City, Who Has The Biggest Brain?, Geo Challenge, Word Challenge and Bowling Buddies.
yes. you read it right. they will shut these games down by September 30, 2011. 6 games.
heres the official statement, (IS THIS EVEN A STATEMENT?) more like a FAQ to me.
1. My Empire, Hotel City, Who Has The Biggest Brain?, Geo Challenge, Word Challenge and Bowling Buddies are being retired
On September 30, 2011, Playfish will be taking My Empire, Hotel City, Who Has The Biggest Brain?, Geo Challenge, Word Challenge and Bowling Buddies offline and those games will no longer be available for play. We apologize for this unfortunate news and for any inconvenience it will cause, especially to those who are currently playing those games.
2. Why are these games being retired?
Regretfully, those games are no longer performing at a level at which we can continue to support them. As such, we made a decision to reallocate development resources to other Playfish games to ensure a continuation of the best gameplay experience possible. Playfish deeply values all of its game players and is dedicated to offering the most fun and engaging experiences across all of our current and future titles.
3. When will these games be taken offline?
Starting September 30, 2011, My Empire, Hotel City, Who Has The Biggest Brain?, Geo Challenge, Word Challenge, and Bowling Buddies will no longer be available to play on Facebook.
4. Who will this affect?
Only players of My Empire, Hotel City, Who Has The Biggest Brain?, Geo Challenge, Word Challenge, and Bowling Buddies will be affected. Players of other Playfish games will not be affected in any way.
5. What if I have an existing balance of Playfish Cash or game-specific currency (Empire Cash, Hotel Cash)?
You will still be able to continue to spend your game-specific currency in Hotel City and My Empire, but you will not be able to purchase more. You will need to spend it by September, 30.
If you still have a Playfish Cash balance, you can convert it using the Playfish Cash Converter in game. But remember, if you choose to convert in My Empire Cash or Hotel Cash, you must spend it before September, 30.
If you have additional questions, please contact Playfish Customer Service by completing a support request (click here).
6. What will happen to the forums for these games?
Playfish will keep each game's forum live for the foreseeable future to give players a chance to check out and join other forums.
7. Where can I find more information and help?
If you have additional questions, please contact Playfish Customer Service by completing a support request (Click Here).
If you are reading closely, we could see HOW GREEDY they are.they will let users spend there remaining Money in the game....
i was sad after knowing that these games will say goodbye. i played My Empire - its nice. i played Hotel City, and its excellent. (i will post screenshot of my hotel within the week.)
these games are actually good. the graphics are good. i somehow thought that the developers behind this games might be disappointed right now.
imagine devoping a good game then it will just get killed.... im an aspiring programmer and i know how difficult to code this things.
if the problem was they havent got new players, then thats the job of there Marketing Department.
Oh wait, do they even have that?
i actually wondered why they will be shutting down Hotel City over Country Story... based from the data below, it has more Monthly Users compared to Country Story.
as we could see, Playfish Games are not significant at the moment.all of them are dropping. even Restaurant City and LOOK monopoly millionaires!
when players knew that they will shut down these games, there was a significant drop... somehow i think players like me are disgusted right now.
i didnt use my money on buying virtual items on these games... but i did spent a lot on Pet Society but i hate to think that someday, Pet Society will be gone as well.
Who to blame?
i think its all EA's fault. and of course it is Playfish's Fault as well.
1st why did Playfish allowed themselves to be bought when they are doing well?
2nd EA sucks.
3rd months after they merged, there was a dramatic change in there tactics, it became GREEDY and LAME.
4th EA sucks
lastly EA has bad luck.
since there tactic are shutting down games, i think that i WILL NEVER BUY ANY VIRTUAL GOODS in the future IT WILL GET KILLED ANYWAY.
are you disappointed?