Mafia Wars Retires Get Satisfaction & Other Game Features Is The Game Next ?
Mafia Wars & Zynga seems to be cleaning things up a bit, retiring game features & the the much liked Get Satisfaction Feedback forum is the Game next ???
As many of the Mafia Wars players have already seen game features are being eliminated such as the Secret Stash & Crime Spree, they are releasing only a few new items such as fight loot just to keep people interested,Customer Support is just paying players off with reward points & loot items instead of fixing the game issues, they are retiring a very popular Get Satisfaction forum, which has helped get many things done, are bringing things back to the original forums which 99% of the player hate and dont use & they have been offering 50 – 60% discounts on reward points, which where I come from is a sign a company is preparing to go out of business or in this case a game closing.
Many players are seeing the same signs that many players from MySpace & Tagged.com had seen before the game was eliminated from those platforms. Plus now with announcement of the new Project Z, Zynga’s own gaming platform, is there really room for an old point and click game like Mafia Wars when all the others are now flashier interactive games. Not to mention the popularity of it mobile platform & mobile gaming in general where does a dinosaur like Mafia Wars fit in, in my opinion it doesn’t.
When Zynga decided to make a new Mafia Wars game called Mafia Wars 2 ( The Flash Version as I call it ) the writing on the wall became clearer. Zynga before and right after it came out has always maintained that this was a completely separate game and that Mafia Wars would not be closing. However when you hear from them and ask them now if the game will be closing they seem to be saying not at this time.
Unfortunately right now Zynga is in what is know as the quiet time before the much anticipated IPO so they can not comment on what games are closing or pretty much anything that has not be release publically. So we are stuck waiting, however some other reliable sources in the gaming industry are privately saying they hear it will be closing in the first quarter of 2012. Again this is just a rumor but a rumor that in my opinion that could be very true unfortunately.
As a businessman I can understand Zynga’s position if they do decide to end Mafia Wars as the game does not fit into its new gaming platform they have just set forth but as a player it is sad that that it has come to this when all the players gave them ways to improve the game including the, now what seems defunct, PAC ( Player’s Advisory Committee). But I understand the costs involved in doing a complete revamp of the game section by section to bring it up to speed as it is cheaper to just make a new game and that is what they did with Mafia Wars 2.
I know the many players out there who have quite honestly spent 10’s of thousands of dollars are going to be outraged if the game closes and I am sure will never spend another penny on any other Zynga game. Some will even try to sue to get some of their money back but that is like suing an arcade to get back your quarters because they removed your favorite game to add a new improved game. Not gonna happen.
I am sure after the IPO we will get a better picture of what is actually going to be happening with all the Zynga games and I am sure Mafia Wars is not the only game on the chopping block. You can bet on that one but it will be sad to see happen especially as a player of the game since it’s inception and I have played on MySpace, Tagged.com & yes even Yahoo so I have also seen the signs when a game is closing so in my opinion I think they will be closing it on Facebook next in favor of the new game Mafia Wars 2.
Now The Waiting Begins…