Today EA’s PopCap Games announced that Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will be released February 18 in North America and February 20 in Europe. The game will be available on XboxOne, Xbox 360, and PC (although the PC version will be release on a later, unannounced date). They have taken one of the most beloved handheld games, which was basically a strategy/tower defense game, will now be a full on action third person shooter multiplayer game. It’s an interesting concept and if it runs well this could be a ton of fun.
The game will be powered by the Frostbite 3 engine and will feature 10 playable maps and 3 game modes. Two of the modes will be 12V12 competitive multiplayer. The first is called Gardens and Graveyards. It will pit a team of plants protecting their garden from a team of zombies that want to turn into, you guessed it, a graveyard. The other competitive multiplayer will be called Team Vanquish. Pretty self explanatory here, as this will pit two teams of plants against each other in a last man standing wins match. The third mode is co-op mode called Garden Ops that will pit you and three of your friends against endless waves of zombies. If you are getting the game for Xbox One, then two extra game modes will be made available to you. One will be a local co-op split screen mode that will play like the Garden Ops mode. The other, Boss mode, will allow a player to use their Kinect or their SmartGlass device in any of the other game modes. You will have a top down view of the battlefield and can support your team by providing intel, health drops, revive stations, and artillery drops.
What made the original handheld games so popular was that they were simple addictive, and really charming. If PopCap was able to capture all of those same elements and translate them into this more dynamic play style, I think this game might be a lot of fun to play with friends. If it is just another generic third person shooter and they are banking on the Plants vs. Zombies name to carry it, they could be in trouble. Hopefully it’s the former, but either way we will find out February 18.
Check out some gameplay from the PopCap team below.