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The New Plants Vs Zombies Game Has Already Launched

The New Plants Vs Zombies Game Has Already Launched

EA's done another 'Apex' by launching 'Plants Vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville' with no forewarning (well, not much, anyway)...

Julian Benson

Julian Benson

EA clearly likes a surprise launch, as it's just released the new Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare game - now called Plants Vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville. I mean, it worked for Apex Legends, that became one of the most-played shooters in the world overnight when it was unleashed back in February.

On the surface, Battle for Neighborville is much like the old Garden Warfare games: you can join either the plant or the zombie team, pick from a set of classes, and then shoot each other into oblivion. It's all very colourful and bloodless, though - like Laser Quest with potted plants.

Plants Vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville /
EA, PopCap

What PopCap and EA have done with Neighborville, though, is build a much larger game around those old modes. There's a shared social hub called Giddy Park, where plant and zombie players alike can play mini-games and chat. From there they can launch straight into multiplayer games or head out into other districts of the neighbourhood, where there are quests to complete and loot to find.

What's available to play today is the Founder's Edition. It's a stripped-down version of the game, which is going to expand week by week until the full game launches on October 18. Now, surprisingly, the Founder's Edition is actually cheaper than the full release version, so that will be tempting to fans who are already considering picking the game up.

Plants Vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville /
EA, PopCap

What players have access to at the moment is the 24-player Turf Takeover mode, the Neighborville Town Center Region (which is a PvE zone). Next week the Team Vanquish mode is released along with the Weirding Woods mode, then comes Mixed Modes mode and the Horde mode, and more.

EA isn't opening the microtransactions shop until the full game launches in October, but it has assured us that it will feature no loot boxes. You will know exactly what you're getting when you buy it.

Plants Vs Zombies: Battle For Neighborville /
EA, PopCap

Perhaps this marks a shift in philosophy at EA, and the days of "surprise mechanics" are over? Unlikely. But considering the Plants vs Zombies games are more explicitly aimed at children (though big kids can enjoy them, too, I ain't no narc), it's good to see loot box mechanics dropped.

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Topics: EA