Japanese FarmVille shall now be known as FarmVillage

FarmVillage on Mixi
FarmVillage on Mixi

Known around the world for their hit social game FarmVille, Zynga's flagship property has made the journey across the Pacific to Japan. The second Zynga game to be localized for a foreign audience and a first for FarmVille, FarmVillage was developed specifically for mobile devices backed by Mixi, Japan's most popular social network. Players will be able to do all the things we can in the states, but in a hopefully improved version of the mobile FarmVille experience.

"We are excited to bring FarmVillage to Japan to create a better playing experience for all the players who have already become avid fans of FarmVille,”" says Zynga Japan CEO Robert Goldberg.

FarmVillage is the fruit of a recent partnership between Zynga and Japanese mobile phone provider Softbank, but Zynga is already experienced in launching games internationally. Earlier this year, Zynga released Zynga Poker in China and just recently announced that its newest game, CityVille, will release in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

According to Zynga, FarmVillage features opportunities for players to expand their farm, enjoy more artwork and improved Flash performance. The beta version of the game will launch early this month and more details can be found at Zynga Japan's website for those who are fluent (lucky bastards).

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