Plants vs. Zombies 2 worldwide release

For anyone that was salivating or chomping at the bit for more Plants vs. Zombies goodness, PopCap Games has announced the worldwide release date for Plants vs. Zombies 2 will be today. The game was initially soft launched in Australia and New Zealand on July 9th, but PopCap has been pretty quiet on when the game would see a worldwide release, that is until they announced the release date on the same day as the release date.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 will initially be an iOS exclusive, with other platforms and mobile operating systems getting the game sometime in the future. The biggest change between the sequel and the original is that Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now being operated under a free-to-play banner, which does raise some red flags concerning the core gameplay of the series. PopCap has said that it is entirely possible to face every Zombie and access every level at no cost with the premium items only being used to enhance the experience, but it seems odd that a sequel to PopCap’s bestselling game would go the freemium route.

A quick glance over the shop in the game shows many of the extra plants (including the snow pea plant) as being for sale from $2.99 – $3.99, without an option to buy them using the in-game currency that you receive from defeating levels. It is unclear if you have to buy these plants in order to use them or if they will unlock over the course of the game, making it more of a pay-to-win scenario rather than a free-to-play, which is less egregious.

The game takes on a time travel theme, letting players travel to three all-new worlds such as ancient Egypt, and provides 60 levels as well as plenty of challenge missions, side missions and mini-game for you to play, while letting you play with a bunch of new Plants and Zombies that change how the core mechanics work. One addition to the game is the Plant Food power-up that you can drag over top of any plant you have on the field, giving that plant a supercharge to its core ability. Along with the Plant Food, there are a number of touch screen specific power-ups that let you interact with the Zombies directly.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is available today on all iOS devices.

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