Plants vss Zombies 2 (teaser 001)

Good news this afternoon for those looking forward to the highly anticipated Plants vs. Zombie sequel. Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time has started hitting App Stores around the world, despite EA’s warning that the game wouldn’t make its July 18th deadline.

Don’t get too excited though. Apparently, today’s release is just a limited soft launch to help the developers fine-tune the game’s new free-to-play experience. For now, only folks in Australia and New Zealand (or with iTunes accounts in either country) can download it…

From the App Store description:

“The zombies are coming… back. It’s about time! The sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure with over 30 Game of the Year awards is here. Join Crazy Dave on a crazy adventure where you’ll meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful new plants, super charge them with Plant Food and power up your defenses with amazing new ways to protect your brain.”

The game has been virtually rebuilt from the ground up—there’s new plant food and power-ups, new levels and new zombies. It also takes advantage of several new technologies, like cloud saving, which lets you save your progress across multiple devices when online.

Here’s PvZ senior producer Allen Murray with more on the game and today’s soft launch (via Polygon):

“With Plants vs. Zombies 2 we’re taking advantage of a lot of newer technologies,” Murray said. “If you’re connected to the internet, you can save your progress and share accounts across multiple devices — and we need to make sure those systems, along with our ability to stream that content to players, works.

PopCap also plans to test in-app store capabilities and pricing models; players participating in the soft launch will see price fluctuations. We’ll monitor player purchasing behavior in order to stabilize and tweak the game’s final pricing model.”

Perhaps the biggest change in the PvZ sequel is that it is now a ‘freemium’ title, meaning it’s free to play but there is a bevy of in-app purchases available. Murray says the game isn’t heavy handed in that approach, though, as everything can be unlocked through gameplay.

Folks in New Zealand and Australia can download the app immediately from the App Store for free, but players in the US and elsewhere will need to wait until later this month. It’s still not known if the game will be released on July 18, as originally planned, or later.

  • Joseph

    Thank God that there isn’t exclusive stuff in the IAPs. Hopefully it won’t be required for us to buy it just to pass a tough section, though. And hopefully it won’t beg us to buy them. :/

    • Joshua Catimpo

      Actually.. Bad news… Ive been playing the game already and theres ALOT of stuff you can buy with money its a FREEMIUM gameand its bugging me because it says you need to buy those extra plants ( jalapeno, squash,power lilly(?) ,etc…) and you need in game coins to buy power ups which is expensive which makes you buy with real money, which sucks…

      DAMN YOU EA 😛

  • abdullah575

    COOL!!!

  • Zachary Sloane

    OMG, PLEASE RELEASE IT TO THE US SOOOOON!

    • VinitJasoliya

      you can get it now from here:
      www(dot)goo (dot) gl / TtCF5

      • Zachary Sloane

        I found it using google. Thank god for jailbreak! 🙂

  • Djoker

    Glad I’m an Aussie

    • Andy

      What’s it like celebrating Christmas in Summer? I am genuinely curious.

      • SimonReidy

        Warm 🙂

        Seriously though – its awesome. Lots of BBQs and Christmas parties in beautiful weather. Which is the opposite of how it is right now (freezing!)

      • Djoker

        Just as Simon said! As for Plant vs. Zombies I’m impressed so far but because its Free2Play there are in-app purchases 🙁

      • meridiem phooey

        You’re missing out mate, often have a barbie down the beach

  • Ali Yukarı

    I created an Australian account and downloaded it 🙂

  • Adan Santos

    Anyone knows if the ‘cloud saves’ have already been implemented?

  • ACH

    Oh god… Freemium… 🙁

  • seyss

    another game ruined by IAP. they extort you

    • Joshua Catimpo

      Damn EA X)

    • Did you actually try the game?

  • Jack Wong

    hmm… so it is just like #1…

  • Rithy

    It cant play it on ios 7

    • Saif Khalaileh

      does it crash ?? … it happens with me on plants vs zombies 1 … it always crash … what about plants vs zombies 2

      • Rithy

        Yeah it crash.

  • Taryn

    finally something good about living in new zealand! off to the app store i go 🙂

  • n0ahcruz3

    Omg cant wait.. I hope iap cracker works or localiap with this game. 😛

    • Barry Wilson

      The above don’t work

    • Aw come on don’t steal iAP’s it’s illegal. Plus you announced it to everyone on the internet.

      • seyss

        big deal. are you a lapdog from EA?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Just kidding 😛

  • One good thing about living in Austria. AW CRAP it’s Australia haha

  • Sky frost

    Please release in Cambodian store!! im waiting to download..

  • Bogdan Egorov

    coollll game

  • Steven Cannan

    Dont mind me just a android user crying. Lol oh wait I have a iPad! I hope it doesnt require iOS 6…