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Plants vs. Zombies multiplayer console shooter in development - report

From Need for Speed: The Run studio Black Box.

Need for Speed: The Run studio EA Black Box is developing a multiplayer console shooter starring PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies cast.

That's according to a new report by Superannuation (via Kotaku), with graverobbed details of the undead project.

Indeed, the game may yet never see the light of day - while Black Box is beavering away on the concept, PopCap is still to give their final approval.

Even so, recent job listings give an idea of what to expect. One job posting for a multiplayer designer asks for someone capable of creating "extremely fun and polished multiplayer maps".

Job candidates apparently need experience "designing levels where the player has a lot of freedom to manipulate the game space (destruction, construction, modification)", suggesting sandbox-style elements will be included.

The project is also hiring world modelers with knowledge of "working with a cartoon style and tone".

EA unveiled a new Plants vs Zombies app last week at the company's summer showcase. Our first look at PvZ Presents Talking Zombatar revealed a disappointing-looking virtual pet thing with micro-transactions for buying clothing.