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Plants vs. Zombies Goes Third-Person Shooter

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

It's a new twist to Plants vs. Zombies, and it totally works.

During EA's media briefing on Tuesday, the company revealed a new Plants Vs. Zombies title from PopCap Games. Called Garden Warfare, it takes a new turn into the third-person shooter genre, and looks totally hot in doing so. Unfortunately, it will arrive first on the Xbox One in Spring 2014, and then on Xbox 360 and Windows PC later on in the fall.

The game will feature new plants and zombies with a wide variety of abilities, a 24-player battle mode, a 4-player online cooperative mode, and over 10 unique multiplayer and cooperative battlegrounds. Players can also personalize their favorite plants and zombies with hundreds of unique items and customizations.

"Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare takes the PvZ experience to amazing new gameplay territory while retaining the core characteristics beloved by legions of fans," said Jon David, Plants vs. Zombies Executive Producer at PopCap. "This is a massive year for PvZ with the recent release of Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, the mid-July arrival of Plants vs. Zombies 2 and now with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for next-generation platforms and PC."

Below are several screens from the press kit, and the E3 trailer which really doesn't show any actual gameplay. The concept works extremely well and should prove to be a big hit for the new Xbox One console and beyond. Hopefully we'll have more hands-on later today.

UPDATE: An EA rep said on Tuesday that there will be no cross-play between Xbox One and Windows PC. Bummer.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare

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    chicofehr , June 11, 2013 5:42 PM
    Sure an improvement over the mobile version. If mobile games looked more like that I might start playing games on my Cell. Till then I'm going to do ALL my gaming on the PC.
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    danwat1234 , June 11, 2013 6:34 PM
    Looks like a lot of fun on the PC
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    anxiousinfusion , June 11, 2013 6:57 PM
    At first I thought this was simply a jest. But turns out it's real.
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    Kev215 , June 11, 2013 7:00 PM
    This game should be announced on April 1
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    Kev215 , June 11, 2013 7:00 PM
    This game should be announced on April 1
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    digiex , June 11, 2013 9:32 PM
    M$ should make the games to be Windows 8 compatible only for PC in order for the OS to sell.
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    virtualban , June 11, 2013 11:55 PM
    We need the Oculus Rift version of this game! Not!
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    paul_durham , June 12, 2013 12:23 AM
    I want it so badly !
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    boulbox , June 12, 2013 12:33 AM
    Lol, when i looked at the title, Freediew just popped into my head. Sounds like something they would totally do
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    nevilence , June 12, 2013 12:40 AM
    looks like it would be fun
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    Mark McAllister , June 12, 2013 6:31 AM
    I have one word to sum up why I won't be getting this: Origin.
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    stevejnb , June 12, 2013 8:31 AM
    PvZ 2... A third person shooter? Honestly, that largely kills my interest in it. If I wanted another shooter I'd play one of the two million on the market. As it stands, I want a PvZ shooter as much as I want a Street Fighter RPG or a Final Fantasy fighting game.

    Take one of the best tower defense games out there and change the genre. All I have to say is... Why?
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    basketcase87 , June 12, 2013 11:01 AM
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    PvZ 2... A third person shooter? Honestly, that largely kills my interest in it. If I wanted another shooter I'd play one of the two million on the market. As it stands, I want a PvZ shooter as much as I want a Street Fighter RPG or a Final Fantasy fighting game.

    Take one of the best tower defense games out there and change the genre. All I have to say is... Why?


    Because a lot of people will happily switch genres to continue with a unique IP, and it's an easy way to keep things new. If you don't believe me, take a look at the massive variety of "Mario" games that Nintendo has come up with over the years. Huge variety of genres, same IP collection, and people eat them up.