The Zynga social game cullings that began with FishVille and Adventure Isle continues this month, as the troubled social gaming giant kills one of the most disappointing sequels of all time.
No one wanted Mafia Wars 2, an action-packed 3D sequel to a wildly-popular and mostly text-based social game. This was because the fans of the original Mafia Wars really enjoyed their little clicking game, and didn't give a damn about town-building or shooting other players in real-time. As of today the game only boasts 280,000 monthly users.
That number will drop significantly on December 30, when Mafia Wars closes up shop. Zynga broke the news in an announcement on the game's app page (via Games.com).
Dear Mafia Wars 2 player,
Thank you very much for supporting Mafia Wars 2 and for being a loyal player! We're sorry to inform you that Mafia Wars 2 on Facebook will be shutting down on December 30, 2012.
Zynga is committed to helping Mafia Wars 2 players find a new place to play. As a thank you for your participation, we would like to offer you a one-time, complimentary bonus package in one of either CastleVille, ChefVille, FarmVille 2, Mafia Wars, or YoVille. You can start the process by clicking the Redeem button in game. Please note that this offer will be valid only until December 30, 2012.
Thank you for your time in Mafia Wars 2. We look forward to seeing you again in other Zynga games.
The Mafia Wars 2 Team
Sorry, Mafia Wars 2 players. At least you didn't wake up next to a severed horse head.