Plants vs. Zombies first launched exclusively on PC/Mac in May of 2009. Here we are, more than four years later, and Plants vs. Zombies 2 has just had its launch date announced -- July 18. Only Plants vs. Zombies fans are not going to be pleased with rest of the news. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is launching as an iOS exclusive, bucking its PC origins, but perhaps more importantly Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now a free-to-play title.
Expanding on the experience of the original title, Plants vs. Zombies will span both the past and future. In addition to battling zombies in ancient Egypt, the age of pirate and the future, player's will be able to use their mobile device's touch screen to interact with plants and zombies in new ways. New power ups and supercharging plant food can make or break any given game -- and dear lord you better believe you'll pay for the extra power.
Allen Murray, Senior Producer of Plants vs. Zombies 2, provided the following statement -- and yes, the puns are intentional:
"It’s about time! We’re confident that players will see the love and attention we’ve put into this game. We’ve created wild new ways to experience the plants and zombies you know and love as well as packing the game with tons of completely new content, and we’re still hard at work coming up with even more cool stuff that will keep Plants vs. Zombies 2 fresh and evolving in the months and years following launch."
Free-to-download, Plants vs. Zombies 2 will still allow players to experience "dozens of all-new levels, plants and zombies" at no cost. In fact, they clarify that every level in every world is free, along with every zombie they'll fight along the way. That's where the free stops, however, has upgrades and other in-games items will be an in-app purchase. Does that includes plants? I wouldn't bet against it.
Plants vs. Zombies 2, now an iOS exclusive, will be coming to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch on July 18. Previews will be available via invitation only at E3 next week. What happened to the Plants vs. Zombies experience PC gamers fell in love with four years ago?