Adobe is pulling the plug on Flash Player. Support for the platform, which used to rule the web and is still the basis for many games (like Facebook and Pogo games) and websites, will end at the end of 2020.
They will also stop distributing Flash Player. So no more downloads. Microsoft has already said that it wants to end Flash support in Windows in 2020 (the same time that Windows 7 support will end.) Flash has been plagued with security issues over the years.
Here’s what Adobe had to say about the decision: “In collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.”
Facebook has already announced plans to assist game developers in moving to other platforms. Other sites that heavily depend on Flash like Pogo Games, and many educational governmental sites that depend on Flash to play video are faced with a ticking clock to have other platforms in place in the next two and a half years.
It’s a challenge. You can’t just move a game to another platform. It has to be completely redesigned. This will probably be the end of the line for many popular Flash games.