Plants vs. Zombies News

After children rack up huge bills, UK government announces investigation into "aggressive" in-app purchases

Games, aimed at children, that include "commercially aggressive" in-app purchases are to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading.

The UK government will examine whether kids are being put under unfair pressure to pay for additional content to complete these games, which are usually free to download.

The investigation follows a number of cases in which parents only discovered a child's spending after being presented with a huge bill.

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PopCap lays off about 50 employees

"If we didn't have EA behind us, the cuts would have been worse."

Following yesterday's the news of a Plants vs. Zombies sequel, PopCap is making severe cuts to its operation, resulting in the loss of roughly 50 jobs.

Plants vs Zombies sequel due next year, PopCap confirms

Undead tower defense title Plants vs Zombies will return for a second helping next year, developer PopCap has announced.

The as-yet-untitled sequel lacks a firm release date or confirmed launch platforms, but is expected to arrive in the first half of 2013.

The addictive botanical puzzler will offer more plant and zombie types than ever before, as well as fresh "settings and situations". And presumably more saucepan-headed mumblings from perpetual zombie victim Crazy Dave.

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Major Plants vs. Zombies HD update goes live

Major Plants vs. Zombies HD update goes live

PopCap adds new modes and mini-games to iOS versions.

A hefty new update out today for the iPad version of Plants vs. Zombies adds a bevy of new content to PopCap's beloved RTS.

First and foremost, you'll get three new game modes: Zen Garden, Vasebreaker Endless and I, Zombie Endless. Mushroom Garden and Aquarium Garden can also be added via an in-app purchase.

On top of that, there are four new mini-games to check out. Slot Machine is free, while Zombiquarium, Portal Combat and Beghouled Twist are available as paid add-ons.

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PopCap: Don't be afraid of free-to-play

"Wouldn't joining the party be a better use of your time than complaining about it?"

Naysaying gamers suspicious of the free-to-play model should leave their preconceptions at the door and give the system a chance, so says a senior exec at casual gaming powerhouse PopCap.

Plants vs. Zombies Vita announced

Plants vs. Zombies Vita announced

Is a Vita launch title.

Plants vs. Zombies is a PlayStation Vita launch title, Sony has announced.

Confirmation comes via the PlayStation Twitter page: "Surprise! Plants vs Zombies is coming to PS Vita."

A hands-on preview of the PopCap strategy game on IGN revealed the Vita version looks very much like the PlayStation Network version. Indeed it describes the game as "identical" to it.

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Exclusive Ratchet demo for PS Plus

Exclusive Ratchet demo for PS Plus

Free Resi, Plants vs. Zombies, too.

PlayStation Plus members get exclusive first entry into the Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One online beta this week.

Botanical tower defense title Plants vs. Zombies and the PS one Resident Evil: Director's Cut are also available free.

This week's PlayStation Network Play release BloodRayne: Betrayal comes 20 per cent off, while popular PSN sidescroller Explodemon! is now half price.

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Report: EA buying PopCap for $1 billion

Prominent US tech site makes claim.

Electronic Arts is rummaging around down the back of the couch in search of a spare $1 billion to purchase PopCap, according to a report on a US tech news site.

WP7 gets Sonic, Angry Birds, more

"Six weeks of hits" announced.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Episode 1, tower defense classic Plants vs Zombies and ubiquitous feather-flinger Angry Birds are among the grandstanding titles heading to Windows Phone 7 this Spring in a big new games push just announced by Microsoft.

EU PlayStation Store update 9th Feb

EU PlayStation Store update 9th Feb

Stacking! Plants vs. Zombies! Explodemon!

Today, PlayStation Plus comes of age. Free to subscribers are Tim Schafer's potentially fantastic downloadable Russian doll game Stacking (usually 9), and a Killzone 3 single-player demo.

Eurogamer's Stacking review is in the works, by the way. It'll be with you by tomorrow lunch time. Stacking offers a free trial, incidentally.

For everybody else, the PlayStation Store cupboards are heaving with content.

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Plants vs. Zombies confirmed for PSN

Plants vs. Zombies confirmed for PSN

Plus, five more titles announced by SOE.

Horticultural horror hit Plants vs Zombies is gearing up for an assault on PlayStation Network next month, Sony Online Entertainment has announced.

First released on PC to considerable acclaim in 2009, PopCap's awesome tower defence time-waster has now appeared on pretty much every platform known to man, including iOS, Xbox 360 and DS. Still, better late than never, right PS3 owners?

SOE also announced five more games heading to PSN soon, though, as with Plants vs. Zombies, failed to confirm precise release dates for any of them.

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Plants vs. Zombies heading to XBLA

Er, branching out? Sorry.

PopCap's excellent PC game Plants vs. Zombies is on its way to Xbox Live Arcade, the developer reportedly confirmed at the Casual Connect conference this week.

With Plants vs. Zombies out today, it seems like a good time to point out that there's a free downloadable demo on the official site for PC or Mac.