today that it will launch a mobile version of Farmville
alongside major updates to two of its flagship mobile franchises in the coming weeks, making good on stockholder assurances
it made back in January to "address the mobile market."
The games -- Farmville 2: Country Escape
, New Words With Friends
and New Zynga Poker
-- will be rolled out across "select markets" in the coming weeks, and Zynga claims all will be available worldwide by the end of the second quarter of 2014.
These games were all developed by Zynga's internal teams and not NaturalMotion, the Clumsy Ninja
developer Zynga acquired
in January for an estimated $527 million.
The mobile version of Farmville
is interesting because it will permit players to play offline and in short bursts -- requiring players to wait as little as ten seconds for select crops to grow -- according to interviews
with Zynga personnel conducted by Re/code.
The updated mobile versions of Words With Friends
and Zynga Poker
will sport new features and interfaces, but their core gameplay will remain unchanged.