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Platform iOS, Win, Mac, iOS Publisher PopCap Games Developer PopCap Games Release Date 2009-05-05

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EA teases Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for PlayStation

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare could be headed to PlayStation systems, following the release of a Plants vs. Zombies image from Electronic Arts that pays homage to Sony's Sly Cooper. Garden Warfare launched this year for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Despite the image teaser, EA has yet to make any announcements regarding PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. Any official announcement is likely to be made during this year's E3 conference, which is just weeks away. Check out our latest Friends List discussion below on the games currently rumored to be making an appearance during the week-long conference.

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Microtransactions come to Garden Warfare this week

As was anticipated, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will introduce microtransactions next week, the game's producer said Friday on Electronic Arts' blog. Beginning this week, players will have the option to purchase coins from the game's sticker shop, Brian Lindley said. The coins let players buy new packs and character content. Coins are a free currency, earned in game, and since Garden Warfare launched on Feb. 27 the only way to acquire them was by playing. Lindley said back in February that the game would launch without microtransactions which, of course, didn't rule out bringing them to the game later. The microtransactions were announced underneath a reminder of what the free Zomboss Down update, launched a couple of weeks ago, delivers — including balance updates that allow...

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Plants vs Zombies 2: Far Future sci-fi expansion on show

Jetpack Zombie and Laser Bean are two of the characters making an appearance in Far Future, the first expansion for Plants vs Zombies 2. Electronic Arts and PopCap's update, out now for iOS and Android, introduces a futuristic map, eight new plants and 10 freshly emerged zombie types. Today's trailer shows some of the new characters dropped into the game's signature tower defense gameplay. PopCap launched Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time on iOS last year, followed by the game's release on Android two months later. Downloads of this second installment in the series quickly exceeded total sales of the original 2010 release, according to EA.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 gets its first major update tomorrow in Far Future

Plants vs. Zombies 2 update Far Future launches March 27 on iOS systems, PopCap and publisher Electronic Arts announced. Far Future is the first expansion pack for the sequel. The update introduces a new futuristic map, eight new plants and 10 new zombie types. EA revealed three of the update's plant types in a blog post this week, which includes a Citron designed to damage "Mech-type" zombies such as the Robo-Cone Zombie and the Disco-tron 3000, a Laser Bean can be used for piercing through the shield used by Shield Zombie types, and Star-Fruits that can shoot stars to attack zombies across every row. PopCap launched Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time on iOS last year, followed by the game's release on Android two months later. Downloads of this second installment in the series...

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How Plants vs. Zombies 2 overcame the hurdles of China

Before PopCap's plant-based strategy game Plants vs. Zombies 2 became one of the biggest mobile hits in China, the studio first had to deal with piracy, a fragmented mobile market and attacks from rating manipulators, according to the general manager of EA Mobile in China, Kun (Leo) Liu. Speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Liu said China is a very large and powerful mobile market, but it also has its own challenges. One such challenge is that of competitors manipulating the game's star rating on app stores in an attempt to discourage people from buying it. Plants vs. Zombies 2 launched on the iTunes App Store in China at number one, but within weeks of its launch its five star rating dropped to two, despite it still being the second top-grossing game in...

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KickBeat, CastleStorm and Pinball FX2 heading to PS4 and Xbox One

Zen Studios is bringing Pinball FX2, CastleStorm - Definitive Edition and KickBeat - Special Edition to the Xbox One "in the coming months," according to a post on the company's blog, adding that CastleStorm and KickBeat will also head to PlayStation 4 "later this spring." The Definitive Edition of hybrid tower-defense game CastleStorm runs at 1080p at 60 frames per second. It features the entire original campaign and expansions, along with new battles, modes, spells and more. The 2D physics-based destruction game also includes a custom castle editor, online multiplayer and co-op modes. Available for Wii U and PS3, CastleStorm launched for Android and iOS devices as a free-to-play title called CastleStorm: Free to Siege last month. The Special Edition of the fighting-infused rhythm...

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Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: Garden Variety DLC offers new map, mode and abilities

Available tomorrow as a mandatory install, the free update comes just a few weeks after the game was launched on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In a demonstration of the DLC, producer Brian Lindley said he's happy with the game's reception, citing positive reviews and social media buzz. Polygon's review scored the core game at 8.5 and described it as "an experimental shooter that feels freed from tired conventions or compromise." Garden Warfare is a significant departure from the PvZ franchise's mobile tower-defense roots. Central to the update is Chomp Town, a small 8v8 urban map that's reminiscent of hardcore shooter downtown arenas, in which fast-paced, close-quarter combat is the norm, and death comes often and from every direction. Chomp Town is just as colorful as the rest of G...

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Wait... Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is good?

If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series where we have one-on-one talks about a single question related to video games. The goal is to give both Polygon's many team members across the globe and those involved in covering, designing and releasing games, an opportunity to speak with you. Today on Friends List, Editor-at-Large Chris Plante and Reviews Editor Arthur Gies ask: Wait... Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is good? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Is the new Thief any good? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download...

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EA paid YouTube video producers to promote its next-gen games

Like Microsoft, publisher Electronic Arts is also compensating YouTube video producers who post footage of its games, including titles Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed Rivals, according to documents posted on NeoGAF. Under EA's program, named Ronku, video producers could earn money for showing footage of the next-gen versions of Battlefield 4 and Need For Speed Rivals. Certain Ronku "assignments" encouraged highlight specific moments in EA's games, such as demonstrating "how you will cross the line" in Need for Speed Rivals, or taking down an entire skyscraper in Battlefield 4 multiplayer. Participants for both games could earn $10 per thousand video views for a maximum of three videos. According to the agreement, participants could not post copies of the assignment or document...

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Android users loved dragons, zombies and football in 2013

Google Play compiled a list of the most popular games on its store in 2013, and among the top picks were Gree's Knights and Dragons, PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies 2, Electronic Arts' FIFA 14 and Bejeweled Blitz. In the Player's Choice category, in which more than one million people voted for their top apps and games, Kabam's The Hobbit: Kingdoms made the cut, along with Space Ape Games' Samurai Siege and Niantic Labs' Ingress. In the Play Picks Games category, Google Play's own selection of the best games of 2013 included Electronic Arts' Heroes of Dragon Age, Rovio Stars' Juice Cubes, Ubisoft's Rayman Fiesta Run and Supercell's Clash of Clans. The list of top games can be viewed here. The Player's Choice list of apps can be viewed here.

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  • iOS
    • Released 02/15/2010
    • Publisher PopCap Games
    • Developer PopCap Games
  • Windows
    • Released 05/05/2009
    • Publisher PopCap Games
    • Developer PopCap Games
  • Mac
    • Released 05/05/2009
    • Publisher PopCap Games
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    • Released 03/31/2010
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