Zynga teases new CityVille 2 amid company struggle

The social game creator releases a beta version of CityVille 2, with promises of 3D graphics and the ability to craft new items.

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A preview of the new CityVille 2 Zynga

Zynga is now testing a sequel for "CityVille," the company wrote on its blog today.

The social games creator promises are more "visually rich game" with "CityVille 2," which was released today to specific players for testing.

"It has all the features in CityVille that players love -- from neighbor visits and crews to buildables -- blended with some of the innovations we introduced in CastleVille and FarmVille 2 such a crafting and 3D graphics," according to the post.

The company has said -- and Wall Street seems to agree -- that it needs to focus more onturning itself into a multiplatform gaming networkand less on developing games. This would mean not just creating games for Facebook, but for its own site as well, something Zynga has already started doing.

Last week, Zynga revealed its growth was slowing, and made note that some games were not doing as well as expected. The company acknowledged that it needed to reallocate its resources.

The news drove Zynga's stock price down last week to $2.48 a share. It went down another 2 percent today, closing at $ 2.43.