When Plants vs. Zombies 2 was first announced to be a free-to-play iOS exclusive, many wondered whether PopCap would stay true to the game's origins. Then at E3 Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare took the center stage and Plants vs. Zombies 2 was pushed into the shadows. Now, according to an official tweet from PopCap, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is being delayed out of its July 18 release date into late summer. What's even going on?
Plants vs. Zombies 2, originally slated for a July 18th release, will now be released later in the summer. Stay tuned for more details.— Plants vs. Zombies (@PlantsvsZombies) June 26, 2013
It's like PopCap doesn't even know what it wants to do with Plants vs. Zombies anymore. Don't worry, they say, it'll still be coming to iOS devices first, much to dismay of thousands of PC gamers that helped make the franchise what it is today. A delay is just a delay, there's no harm in making sure a game is 100% ready for launch, but as things stand it's hard not to take this as some sort of marketing issue or release date positioning. It's hard to trust the direction of the franchise right now.
I say that, of course, knowing fully well that everything we've seen of both Plants vs. Zombies 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare looks like great fun. It's just... you can't say free-to-play iOS exclusive and not feel good about the direction of a product. That's business directing design and not vice versa. Oh well, we'll see in the end.
Plants vs. Zombies 2 is planned for release on iOS devices later this summer.