PopCap Games made the announcement today that the currently Xbox exclusive shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will soon be released on PC. Starting June 24, players will be able to play as both plants and zombies using the powers of mouse and keyboard. Expect cactus shooters and paintball gun zombie snipers to be prolific. EA says Garden Warfare will be available through Origin and "other retailers."
Oddly, the news of the PC port comes just days after PopCap confirmed that microtransactions are just days away from being added to the console version Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. It should come as no surprise then that the PC copy of the game will have a special "Digital Edition" through origin that includes additional packs of stickers that will unlock randomized content for the player.
While Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare should do well enough on its own on PC due to its quirky personality and the franchise's roots having started on PC. However, the combination of both Origin as a requirement, microtransactions being added, and an up-front charge rather than free-to-play may put some players off of the shooter. Plus, we have to start wondering how long before the shooter is made free-to-play as it ages?
Currently available on both Xbox One and Xbox 360, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is the quirky, all ages multiplayer shooter alternative to the more popular realistic shooters pervasive in the current market. Arriving on PC starting June 24, Garden Warfare's most direct competition will likely be similarly toony and loot heavy shooter Team Fortress 2, or other free-to-play toony shooters.