Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Announced

Mon, Aug 20, 2012

Mobile, PC, PopCap, XBLA

Let the sun shine on flowerbeds and call forth legions of zombie-killing flora and fauna. Plants vs. Zombies is getting a sequel.

PVZ is the kind of game I purchased for multiple people during Steam sales, simply because it’s the perfect example of a game everyone needs to play at least once. Or twice. Or way too many times, in my case. PopCap’s lovable game debuted in 2009 for the PC, and Steam users snatched it up in droves. The game’s massive popularity propelled it to iOS, Android, Xbox, Nintendo DS and the PlayStation 3. Even the BlackBerry Playbook got some love, too.

For the unfamiliar—you poor souls—PVZ’s playing field is your house’s lawn on which you grow a variety of plants which repel hordez of zombies who want to eat your brainz. As the zombies grow in number and get more bizarre, you must upgrade your plants and think strategically about their placement if you want to survive. Zombies ride tractors and dolphins, wear traffic cones, wield screen doors as shields, drop in on bungee cords … it just gets more ridiculous from there. The game becomes delightfully punishing in the later levels and is as addicting as you’d expect a signature PopCap title to be. Read Frisky Mongoose’s report on the XBLA version.

There has been no official word on what the sequel will be called or what new features it will include, but PopCap has announced a Spring 2013 release date. Additionally, the company offered perhaps the most creative press release quotes I’ve ever seen:

“There was a time we relished a bracing, hearty blend of zombies in the morning. But first, a brisk shower and some strategic pruning are required. Tomorrow is near!”

“Spring is crullest curlie ungood time, and plantz grow dull roots. So, we are meating you for brainz at yore house. No worry to skedule schedlue plan… we’re freee anytime. We’ll find you.”

Take a wild guess which speaker is a plant and which is a zombie.

The HD iPad version of Plants vs. Zombies is available in the App Store for $6.99, while the iPhone version will set you back $2.99. It costs $2.95 via Google Play. The Game of the Year edition is available on Steam for $9.99.

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