EA and PopCap have teased the reveal of third-person shooter sequel Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
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EA is giving away three titles from its back catalogue in celebration of this weekend's PlayStation Experience event.
The trio of games are Need for Speed: Most Wanted on PlayStation Vita, Mirror's Edge on PlayStation 3 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for PlayStation 4.
But you'll need to be quick - the games will only be free to download until the event's end tomorrow.
EA Access - the Xbox One exclusive service that gives players unlimited Access to a handful of EA titles - has added Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare to its library.
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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare made a solid debut when the game launched on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with PopCap successfully re-imagining its mobile strategy game as an addictive, criminally overlooked tower defence-style shooter. While the 360 struggled with the demanding Frostbite 3 engine, the experience shined on the Xbox One, where the massive jump in processing power delivered frequently smooth 60fps gameplay at a reasonably sharp 900p native resolution.
Announced as a timed exclusive for Microsoft platforms, Garden Warfare made its way over to the PC back in June and only just launched on Sony's two consoles in the last week. But despite the delay, the game was aplanned as a multiplatform project from the start, and PopCap Games appears keen to get the most out of the PS4 regardless.
"We're especially excited for fans to experience Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare on PS4, where it will be playable at a native 1080p resolution and blazing fast 60 frames per second," PopCap's Gary Clay said, confirming to Eurogamer earlier in the year that the PS4 version would benefit from a 44 per cent boost in resolution over the Xbox One game, closely in-line with the gap in raw GPU power between the two consoles.
EA is offering a free 72-hour trial of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, so long as you download it on Origin before 25th August.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare launches on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on 22nd August 2014, developer PopCap Games has announced.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare has been teased for PlayStation platforms, according to a tweet by EA.
You can now spend between 79p and £7.99 on in-game coins for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Eurogamer can confirm.
PopCap's multiplayer shooter spin-off Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare launches on PC on 24th June in North America and 27th June in Europe, EA has announced.
The PC version will be sold from EA's digital store Origin and "other retailers". It includes all content from the Garden Variety Pack and Zomboss Down, a Wild West themed update with eight new playable characters, more than 200 customisations and a Cactus Canyon map.
The game launched earlier this year on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
EA has activated the ability to purchase in-game items for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare with real-world money - two months after its launch.
There's a free update for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare today, in the shape of PopCap's new Zomboss Down DLC.
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Despite the ridiculous premise, PopCap has managed to successfully translate an addictive casual strategy game into an expertly crafted tower defence third-person shooter that offers up a refreshing alternative to the likes of Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty. Displaying a careful balancing act between large open environments and more confined locations with a range of vantage points, PopCap utilises the Frostbite 3 engine to deliver large colourful maps backed up with some solid visual effects made possible by DICE's state-of-the-art rendering tech, including limited destructible scenery. The game also works well as an online experience, pulling players together as a team, and the net code appears solid - PopCap doesn't seem to be facing the wealth of issues that spoiled DICE's otherwise excellent Battlefield 4.
While the PC version isn't due out until some time in the Spring (with PS3/PS4 releases believed to hit further down the line), the 360 and Xbox One releases are available now, and showcase a distinct balancing act between frame-rate and graphical complexity that will appear familiar to those following previous cross-generation titles. On the Xbox 360 Garden Warfare goes for a common 30fps refresh, while aiming for a modest 720p resolution, whereas on Xbox One the stakes are set much higher, with silky smooth gameplay at a target 60fps and a much higher resolution than its last-gen counterpart.
So how well does Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare hold up on the older Microsoft console? And just how close do the developers come to bringing us the definitive 60fps experience at 1080p on the Xbox One?
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In the space of three weeks, EA is set to release two separate multiplayer-only, Xbox exclusive (well, not available on PS4 anyway) squad-based shooters. Neither are free-to-play, and amazingly neither feature nefarious microtransactions. EA's decision to unleash Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare mere weeks before the all-conquering Titanfall is a curious one indeed, but then, this is a curious game.
Like all sensible people, I'm naturally wary of any entertainment product that builds its own identity around a pun, but if anyone can get away with it, it's the gloriously daft bunch at PopCap. And get away with it they do, as against all logical thinking, Garden Warfare is a supremely well-constructed, balanced and engaging multiplayer shooter.
Eschewing any notion of single-player (a very wise decision), Garden Warfare splits its horticultural carnage over two distinct modes, Garden Ops, and the imaginatively titled Multiplayer. Garden Ops is probably the best way to kick things off, a four-player iteration of horde that makes thematic sense given the series' tower defence roots.
PopCap's upcoming cartoony zombie shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will definitely not have microtransactions at launch. But who knows what the future will bring.
"We're not going to have any microtransactions at all at launch," PopCap Games producer Brian Lindley confirmed in a statement to GameSpot - though he noted the studio will look at in-game metrics to determine how to support the game post-launch. Thus he couldn't rule out that microtransactions won't be added, but he remained adamant that they "definitely" aren't part of EA's plan upon the game's release next week.
Lindley remained cagey about the multiplayer shooter's resolution on Xbox One, a platform that's received some flak lately for its less than optimal resolutions. He noted that "The Xbox One outputs in 1080p," and "we're not running at the same resolution as [Battlefield 4]," a game that runs in 720p on Microsoft's latest console.
EA's Plants vs. Zombies spin-off Garden Warfare will now launch on 27th February in Europe, the publisher has announced.
Xbox One and Xbox 360 timed-exclusive Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is already being readied for a release on PlayStation 4, a fresh ratings board listing has revealed.
The Korean Game Rating Board made mention of a PS4 edition alongside Garden Warfare's previously-announced versions for Microsoft platforms, Gematsu spotted. It's also listed on the Brazil Ratings Board (thanks, Lifelower).
Garden Warfare is set to arrive for Xbox 360 and Xbox One on 20th February. A PC version has also been announced, but not dated.
UPDATE: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare has received an over nine-and-a-half minute developer walkthrough detailing the various types of units you can play as in Popcap's upcoming class-based third-person shooter. Check it out below.
ORIGINAL STORY: EA has announced a 20th February 2014 release date for PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies spin-off Garden Warfare.
The third-person shooter will debut for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One on that date - and two days before that in North America.
UPDATE: PopCap has just announced new Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare details during EA's Gamescom press conference.
Set to launch first on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, PopCap confirmed you'll be able to play as both plants and zombies, the latter of which can be customised and decked out in various classes.
While the game will come to other platforms later, Xbox One will get the just-announced Boss Mode as an exclusive. The offering uses Kinect and SmartGlass functionality and sees you control either Crazy Dave or evil Doctor Zomboss - voiced by none other than Russell Brand.
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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, the new third person multiplayer console offshoot for Popcap's popular franchise, is launching on Xbox One first, with an Xbox 360 version to follow. There's no news just yet on when to expect PlayStation or PC versions, should there be any.
Reportedly developed by Need for Speed: The Run developer Black Box, Garden Warfare takes the wave-based gameplay of Plants vs. Zombie and repurposes it into an action-oriented multiplayer title.
Popcap's John Vechey also took the opportunity to announce Peggle 2, although platforms and a release window weren't mentioned for the sequel.