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Zynga Unleashes Project Z

Zynga showcased new play today at Zynga Unleashed, a game event hosted by CEO and Founder Mark Pincus and held at its new San Francisco headquarters.

Press Release from Zynga

SAN FRANCISCO –October 11, 2011 –Zynga showcased new play today at Zynga Unleashed, a game event hosted by CEO and Founder Mark Pincus and held at its new San Francisco headquarters. The company gave a sneak peek of severalnew social games, including the next chapter in its “Ville” franchise and teased its own new play service, code named“Project Z.”

The games unveiled at today’s Unleashed event will be released on Facebook soon. Zynga unveiled:

    * A preview of the next chapter of Zynga’s “Ville” social game franchise, CastleVille.    * The addition of a new franchise in its social game line-up, Zynga Casino. The new Zynga Casino franchise features Zynga Poker and the newly announced Zynga Bingo to create the world’s largest and most social casino.    * A new Hidden Objects genre which will soon launch a new social game,Hidden Chronicles.

The platform announcements the company unleashed today include:

    * A preview of a new social games playground, code named “Project Z.”    * Three new HTML5-based games coming to Facebook’s mobile apps site: ZyngaPoker Mobile Web, Words With Friends HTML5 and Farmville Express.    * A preview of a soon-to-be-released mobile game Dream Zoo.    * Mafia Wars 2, now available on Google+.

Game Details

CastleVille Created by Zynga Dallas, CastleVille is the next game in Zynga’s “Ville” franchise which includes FarmVille, FrontierVille, and CityVille. CastleVille is set in a medieval world, with an engaging story, a touch of fantasy and memorable, playful characters. A true manifestation of Zynga’s social magic, the game improves upon the best social and emotional elements from each of the “Ville” games that came before it.In CastleVille players will be able build and manage the kingdom of their dreams, explore the rich world and setting, and share it with their friends.Friends can help each other craft rare items, trade in the markets, and fight back the beasties that lurk just outside the castle walls. CastleVille raises the bar on the production value of the “Ville” brand, with epic storytelling, highly detailed art and animation, and a completely original musical score that was recorded with a 75-piece orchestra and full choir. CastleVille is coming soon to Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @zCastleville.

Hidden Chronicles See what you’ve been missing with Hidden Chronicles– a new genre for Zynga – hidden object games.A combination of memory and skill, this casual social game is easy to learn, yet hard to master. Hidden Chronicles is a social scavenger hunt, including hidden object play, engaging puzzles and the mysterious Ramsey Manor, complete with unique characters who need your help to protect a closely guarded secret. Hidden Chronicles features beautifully drawn environments, including scenes from around the world and throughout history. Designed in soft photorealism, the art style is sophisticated and engaging with animatics and customized music that brings each scene to life. No matter how many times you and your friends play Hidden Chronicles, the content is always fresh and new, offering hours of vibrant game play within a single scene. Engage in friendly competition, solve the mystery and discover the secrets within Hidden Chronicles. For now, Hidden Chronicles is still well-hidden but will launch soon on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter@HiddenChronicle.

Zynga Casino featuring Zynga Bingo A new franchise and an entirely new game were unveiled simultaneously today, with the announcement of Zynga Casino and Zynga Bingo, the first game out of Zynga New York, in collaboration with the Zynga Poker team. Zynga Casino will house both the new Zynga Bingo and Zynga Poker, the world’s largest poker game with over 35 million people playing each month. Going all in means so much more now, as players can use their chips across Zynga Casino, from bluffing to bingo. Zynga Bingo combines the best of Sin City and your local bingo hall and brings players a game they know and love, with a social twist. More than just numbers and daubers, Zynga Bingo features themed rooms such as “Vegas lights” and “Pirate’s Paradise.” Zynga Casino featuring Zynga Bingo will soon launch on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter, at both @ZyngaCasino and @ZyngaBingo.

Dream Zoo Adding to the growing portfolio of Zynga’s multi-platform mobile games including Words With Friends, Hanging With Friends, and CityVille Hometown, the Zynga Mobile team now brings players Dream Zoo - the first zoo themed game from Zynga. Dream Zoo enables players to take a walk on the wild side and collect the world’s most amazing animals. Lions and tigers and emus? Oh my! This is not your typical trip to the zoo - in Dream Zoo players will find rainbow giraffes, polka-dot flamingos and electric green elephants. Coming soon in multiple languages to the App Store followed Android Market, players will be able to connect with their animal-loving friends from around the world to care for their animals and visit each other to see their zoos come to life. Dream Zoo is another example of how Zynga is innovating in mobile social games and bringing new ways for players to connect with friends.Follow us on Twitter @DreamZooGame.

Mafia Wars 2 Mafia Wars 2 is Zynga’s first official sequel, taking one of the company’s most successful franchises to a new level of wicked fun. With the game’s official launch on Facebook yesterday, players are already building their criminal empire. Today, Zynga announced that Mafia Wars 2 is now available on Google+, bringing its most ruthless game to date to as many players as possible. Let’s face it – you can’t be a true franchise if you only own one turf. Follow us @mafiawars2.Platform Details

“Project Z” At the close of Zynga Unleashed, the company announced the upcoming launch of a new play service, code named “Project Z.” Facebook Connect will enable this new social “playground” to leverage your friend network on Facebook to play in an environment built for games. Beginning today, players can reserve their gamer tags, called zTags, by visiting http://www.Zynga.com. “Project Z” is coming soon to a browser near you.

Facebook Mobile Following Facebook’s launch of its mobile apps and mobile site, Zynga today announced it will have three HTML5 games featured on the site soon: ZyngaPoker Mobile Web, Words With Friends HTML5 and Farmville Express. Developed using HTML5 technology, the games will deliver faster load times, smoother game-play and near-immediate responses to player actions – all within a mobile browser. The games utilize HTML5 tools such as WebSockets and CSS3 to deliver a seamlessgaming experience and create fluid animations without slowing down game-play.ZyngaPoker Mobile Web, Words With FriendsHTML5andFarmville Expressare the first large-scale games to be built using HTML5.

About Zynga Inc.

Zynga Inc. is the world's largest social game developer with more than 232 million monthly active users playing their games which include CityVille, FarmVille, FrontierVille, Words With Friends, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, Cafe World, and Treasure Isle. Zynga Inc. games are available on a number of global platforms including Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo, the iPad, the iPhone and Android devices. Through Zynga.org, Zynga players have raised more than $10 million for world social causes. Zynga Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.zynga.com or www.zynga.org.

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