Updated: EA posted a statement.
Today we are informing players of the difficult decision to retire some of our Facebook games: The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society.
After millions of people initially logged in to play these games, the number of players and amount of activity has fallen off. For people who have seen other recent shutdowns of social games, perhaps this is not surprising.
EA will continue to deliver popular titles for Facebook, most notably games from PopCap, including Bejeweled Blitz, Solitaire Blitz and the recently-announced Plants vs. Zombies Adventures.
For players who have enjoyed our games, we will be making a special offer to introduce you to a PopCap game. You’re a valued fan and we want to make sure you get a smooth transition to PopCap. More details about that offer will appear in-game soon.
Players with questions about the shutdowns can find FAQs linked here: The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society. The titles will go offline on June 14, 2013.
On behalf of the teams who developed these games, thank you for playing.
Edited: SimCity Social is also closing down, also is Pet Society. Is this the end of playfish??
Posted on their facebook page today. We are going to find you more information about this, more over WHY. Cause their reason is not sufficient in my opinion.
The decision to retire older EA games is never an easy one to make but in order to re-allocate servers and resources to more popular titles we are removing The Sims Social from Facebook. Players who still have a balance of in-game currency are encouraged to spend it before the game is shut down on 14th June and is no longer available for play. For more information click here: http://forum.playfish.com/showthread.php?t=2968222
What is happening to The Sims Social on Facebook?
On June 14th The Sims Social will be retiring on Facebook which means the game will no longer be available for play.
Why is The Sims Social being retired?
We had to make the difficult decision to close down The Sims Social so we can reallocate development resources to other titles that we hope you’ll have just as much fun playing. We hope you have gotten many hours of enjoyment out of the games and we thank you for everything you’ve added to the community.
When will The Sims Social be retired and no longer available for play?
As of June 14th, The Sims Social on Facebook will no longer be available to play.
Who will this affect?
Players of The Sims Social
What can I play now?
EA offers a variety of other fun and free games for you to try. As valued players, we plan on offering you something to show our appreciation. Over the next few days, keep an eye on this post where we’ll announce a special offer to thank you for playing our game.
What if I have an existing balance of SimCash in The Sims Social on Facebook?
Players are encouraged to spend their remaining balance of SimCash in The Sims Social before the game is retired on June 14th. As of that date, any remaining SimCash left in the game will be invalid.
What if I have a Playfish cash card I have not redeemed?
Players are encouraged to redeem and spend their Playfish cash cards before the game is retired on June 14th. After that date, you will need to contact customer service regarding your Playfish cash cards.
Please go to Help.ea.com and select Contact Us to contact Customer Service.
What will happen to the forums for The Sims Social?
The forums will be officially closed and taken offline on June 14th
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