Zynga unveils Appaloosa River expansion in FarmVille 2

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Zynga has announced the largest gameplay update in FarmVille 2 history, introducing the new Appaloosa River expansion to farmers worldwide.

The expansion was announced on Zynga’s Twitch channel, where players were given their first sneak peek of the expansion. The Appaloosa River has started to overflow, giving players a chance to expand their farm into a dock over the flowing water at the right side of the screen. Players can choose to pay Farm Bucks to expand into the river early, or they can wait for the expansion to unlock for free in September.

Once players access the river expansion, they’ll be able to plant water-specific crops like Wasabi, Indian Lotus, Cranberries and more. Each river expansion can hold six new crop plots. Since they’re being planted in water, players won’t need to spend their own water to make them grow. They can still be fertilized as normal, and will generate Prized Crops that are eligible for the County Fair.

Once crops are harvested from water plots, they can be dried in the Crop Dryer, and then turned into Animal Feed or used in recipes just as other crops can be (a Cranberry Muffin, for instance).

In addition to water crops, the Appaloosa River expansion introduces Water Buffalos and Ducks, which will animate in both the water and on land. Player characters can even dive into the water to swim with these animals. Some of these animals will be available for coins, or players can spend real money purchasing other items with Farm Bucks (real money).

FarmVille 2 is now available to play for free on Facebook. The game has 25 million monthly active players, according to our app tracking service AppData.