With several chinks showing in Zynga’s armor, what will the future hold for social games? Facebook’s virtual cash cow showed signs of weakness with dismal earnings and projections, dragging down Zynga’s stock price and Facebook with it (about 1/8 of Facebook’s revenue comes from Zynga). Zynga offered no clear explanation for its performance, but I speculate it’s because they assumed too little about their audience. Moms, children, office workers, etc., who started off on the –Ville casual games are, for all intents and purposes, gamers. And while they probably haven’t graduated to Call of Duty yet, they’re ready to progress beyond the current generation of casual games. To pull in new paying customers, Zynga needs to breach the technology frontier of Facebook that smaller companies are already focused on – synchronous games.
For more awesomeness, the official Darksiders II Facebook page has some exclusive concept art up too: https://www.facebook.com/Darksiders.
Have you pre-ordered your copy of DSII yet?