Farmville 2 launches today; available on Facebook and Zynga Online

For all of you casual social gamers out there, FarmVille 2 was released today. Now available on Facebook and through Zynga Online, FarmVille 2 offers a brand new farming experience built entirely in 3D.

The concept remains largely the same: players work with friends to restore their family's land to former glory by harvesting crops, raising livestock, and growing fresh crops to sell.

In addition, FarmVille 2 offers a slew of new gameplay features including "meaningful social interactions" by allowing friends to become farm helpers. Inviting friends over to help on the farm accelerates the progress on your farm. You can also visit a friends farm to harvest crops, feed animals, and collect resources.

FarmVille 2 also introduces crafting, raising animals from babies to adults, and a brand new control system that lets you use your mouse like a paintbrush to plant seeds, water crops, and move items in broad strokes. It makes decorating, organizing, and expanding farms an easier process which allows you to spend more time enjoying the game, and less fighting the interface.

“The FarmVille franchise brought social games into mainstream consciousness, and we’re proud to launch a new chapter in the FarmVille legacy,” said Tim LeTourneau, vice president of games at Zynga. “FarmVille 2 offers players a new way to farm by delivering an immersive experience, rich characters, and new social features that make game boards come to life with their friends. We can’t wait to see the farms that players create. We also want dedicated players of FarmVille to know that we remain fully committed to bringing them new reasons to play the original game they love.”

Just because FarmVille 2 is released, doesn't mean Zynga forgot about the original. You're hard work will not go to waste. Current players of the original have more to look forward to as Zynga plans to roll out new expansions and new ways to decorate and share. Each version will have dedicated teams working to bring players unique and enriching experiences in each game.