|Platform iOS, Android||Publisher PopCap Games||Developer PopCap Games||Release Date 08/15/2013|
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By Samit Sarkar on Oct 24, 2013 10.24.13
Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now available on Android devices worldwide, just over two months following its global release on iOS. Android users may be muttering the game's subtitle — "It's About Time" — about today's release of the free-to-play tower defense title. But the Android version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 represents another important milestone for developer PopCap Games: The studio is finally getting a handle on delivering platform parity. "In terms of the game content itself, and the things that you can buy, [the iOS and Android versions are] at parity. Which is nice for us," said Tony Leamer, Plants vs. Zombies franchise business director, in an interview with Polygon yesterday. Leamer acknowledged that content parity across platforms certainly wasn't the case with the...
By Dave Tach on Oct 03, 2013 10.03.13
The Android "soft launch" for Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time, PopCap Games' free-to-play sequel to its undead-infused tower defense game, is now live in Australia and New Zealand. "The full global release of Plants vs. Zombies 2 for Android will launch shortly," according to a press release from publisher Electronic Arts and PopCap. The game's staggered Android launch mirrors that of its iOS counterpart, which had a soft launch in Australia and New Zealand in early July. Plants vs. Zombies 2 launched worldwide in the iOS App Store for iPad and iPhone in mid-August and was approaching 25 million downloads within weeks. PopCap announced the October Android launch late last month. You can learn more about the game's development in our interview with producer Allen Murray.
By Griffin McElroy on Sep 24, 2013 09.24.13
Plants vs. Zombies 2, EA and PopCap's fast-paced, free-to-play strategy title, will launch on Android devices next month, according to a source familiar with EA's operations. According to the source, Plants vs. Zombies 2 — which launched on iOS last month worldwide, and on Android only in China earlier this month — was given the launch window of October, though no firm release date was revealed. We have reached out to EA to try and find out something more specific for the game's international Android release date. For more on the game's development, check out our interview with producer Allen Murray from earlier this summer. Late last month, PopCap announced that the game was approaching 25 million downloads through the iOS App Store alone.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Aug 30, 2013 08.30.13
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time has been downloaded "nearly" 25 million times worldwide, developer PopCap announced today. Downloads of the second installment in PopCap's zombie-smashed series have exceed total sales of the original 2010 Plants vs. Zombies, the company revealed. According to an infographic posted to the official PopCap website, Plants vs. Zombies 2 players have racked up 81 million hours of gameplay, generating 39 billion in-game suns and cultivating 10 billion plants against 5.4 billion waves of zombies. Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time is free-to-play and can be downloaded via the App Store for iPad and iPhone. During Gamescom last week, publisher Electronic Arts announced the title would receive a major content update in the coming months, called Far...
By Samit Sarkar on Aug 20, 2013 08.20.13
Plants vs. Zombies 2 developer PopCap Games is working on the zombie defense title's first major content update, Far Future, said Plants vs. Zombies franchise director Tony Leamer during EA's Gamescom 2013 press briefing today. PopCap launched Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time on iOS last week. In five days, it has been downloaded 16 million times, which makes it EA's most successful mobile launch to date. The studio has yet to announce an Android release date.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Aug 14, 2013 08.14.13
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will launch for iOS tomorrow, according to a post from the App Store on Facebook. The post teasing the game's release is paired with the above image of a zombified hand. "It's about time," the post reads. "Guess what game is coming tomorrow?" Plants vs. Zombies 2 was slated for launch late this spring before being delayed again until July. The game is a sequel to the zombie-themed tower-defense title; it will feature new settings and situations for players to fend off zombies. For more on why Plants vs. Zombies 2 was delayed, check out our interview with senior producer Allen Murray.
By John Funk on Jul 26, 2013 07.26.13
A new developer diary for Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time discusses the game's scenario and the challenges of moving forward while preserving the essence of a beloved original game. Immediately after the defeat of Dr. Zomboss at the end of the first game, the player's neighbor Crazy Dave eats a taco in celebration. It's so good that he wants to eat it again, and invents a time machine to go back to before he ate the taco to do precisely that. However, the time machine malfunctions and throws Dave and the Player back through the ages. Plants vs. Zombies 2 includes a World Map, a first for the series, in which the player can progress through three eras: Ancient Egypt, the age of piracy, and the Wild West. Specifically, these are the eras included "at launch," indicating that more...
By Dave Tach on Jul 17, 2013 07.17.13
The first two episodes of Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon, a comic book adaptation of PopCap Games' flora, fauna and zombie-infested tower defense series from Dark Horse Comics, are available now on iOS. Helmed by Paul Tobin (Falling Skies, Marvel Adventures) and Ron Chan (The Guild, Husbands), the six-episode run follows the adventures of series stalwart nutter Crazy Dave, his niece Patrice and Nate Timely as they defend their neighborhood against the invading horde. The comics will be available through a $0.99 iOS app, whose price has been waived July 17-21 to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con. The first issue will also be free during that time, and you can check out the cover below. The remaining issues will follow on July 24 and 31, Aug. 7 and 14. A hardcover version of Plants...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jul 09, 2013 07.09.13
Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time was announced last summer for iOS, with a release window of late spring 2013. Spring passed, and in early June PopCap announced the title would launch on July 18. By the end of June, launch was pushed back again, this time to late summer with no specific date given, with PopCap stating the company needed more time to polish the game. For the next few weeks, PopCap plans to test the foundations of Plants vs. Zombies 2, including its back end server capacity, cloud saving system and monetization structure. While the game will not require an internet connection to play, it will have a handful of online features. "With Plants vs. Zombies 2 we're taking advantage of a lot of newer technologies," Murray said. "If you're connected to the internet, you...
By Jenna Pitcher on Jun 13, 2013 06.13.13
Earlier this month, PopCap announced existence of the long waited sequel of its popular zombie tower defence title called Plant Vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time. Although Plants Vs. Zombies 2 still largely consists of the original title's gameplay — the player defending their homes from zombies that lurched across horizontal lanes of grass — but the levels progress along a campaign thread. "In Plants Vs. Zombies, there are a lot of secondary moves and a lot of ways to play that don't get revealed later until you beat the core game," senior producer Allen Murray told Polygon. "What we noticed was most people don't actually finish the whole story and see everything. So what we wanted to do is take that story mode or the adventure mode and put on on this main thread, so that there are...