Instead, the game supports four-player co-op and up to 24 players in competitive modes. Accordingly, Garden Warfare will be priced as a budget title — $39.99 on Xbox One, where it will launch first, and $29.99 on Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The Xbox One version includes exclusive content in the form of its Boss Mode. PopCap wants to develop additional content for Garden Warfare, although it's unclear at this point if add-ons would be free or paid.
"We definitely want to build on the game once it's launched," said Justin Wiebe, the game's creative director, told Shacknews. "We're definitely taking a cue from Plants vs. Zombies 2. Using DLC and new content updates, we want to keep players engaged in the long haul."
Wiebe was referring to the free-to-play nature of Plants vs. Zombies 2. PopCap announced the game's first major content update, Far Future, during Gamescom last month. There's no word yet on whether that will cost money.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will be released in 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, and will be available at some point afterward on other consoles.