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Plants vs. Zombies

Video game series

Plants vs. Zombies
Genre(s)Tower defense game (Mainline games)
Third-person shooter (Garden Warfare games)
Digital collectible card game (Plants vs. Zombies Heroes)
Developer(s)PopCap Games
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts
Creator(s)George Fan
Platform(s)
First releasePlants vs. Zombies
May 5, 2009
Latest releasePlants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
October 18, 2019

Plants vs. Zombies is a video game franchise developed by PopCap Games, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts (EA). The first game, Plants vs. Zombies, was developed and released by PopCap before its acquisition by EA. After PopCap Games's acquisition, EA expanded the game into a franchise with games on many different platforms.

History

Release timeline
2009Plants vs. Zombies
2010
2011
2012
2013Plants vs. Zombies 2
2014Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Main series

On April 1, 2009, PopCap released a music video for the song "Zombies on your Lawn" to promote Plants vs. Zombies.[1] A PopCap spokesperson, Garth Chouteau, revealed in an IGN interview that Plants vs. Zombies would be released soon on PC and Mac.[2] On April 22, 2009, PopCap released an official game trailer of Plants vs. Zombies on YouTube.[3][4] During the promotion of Plants vs. Zombies, PopCap released a demo version of the game that allowed you to play the game for thirty minutes.[5] Plants vs. Zombies was officially released on May 5, 2009, for PC and Mac.[6]

PopCap Games and its assets were bought by EA on July 12, 2011, for 750 million dollars.[7] Fifty employees were laid off in the Seattle studio of PopCap Games on August 21, 2012, to mark a switch of focus to mobile and social gaming.[8]

On August 20, 2012, PopCap announced that they were working on a sequel to Plants vs. Zombies.[9] Its release date would be set at late spring of 2013.[10] However, the game's status was in doubt shortly after the announcement when the company went through a period of layoffs.[8]

In May 2013, PopCap Games released a trailer revealing a sequel to the first game, titled Plant vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time.[11][12] The game was soft-launched for the iOS in Australia and New Zealand on July 10, 2013[13] and was officially released on August 14, 2013, as a freemium title.[14] The game featured new locations and plants along with the addition of plant food, a power-up that can be used to enhance a plant for a short period and can either be bought using in-game currency or acquired by defeating zombies that are glowing green.[15]

In July 2019, EA announced Plants vs. Zombies 3, another free-to-play mobile title in the series. It was launched in a pre-alpha state for Android in July 2019.[16][17] The game soft-launched in February 2020 in the Philippines, Romania, and Ireland.[18] It was then made unavailable in October 2020, becoming unplayable in November 2020. EA has plans to release an improved version of the game in the future.[19]

Spin-offs

A spin-off called Plants vs. Zombies Adventures was announced in March 2013[20] and was released on May 20, 2013, on Facebook. The game added new locations and new plants. It also had a gameplay feature in which the player had a limited amount of plants and had to grow more plants at an in-game farm.[21] In July 2014, it was announced that Plants vs. Zombies Adventures would close down on October 12, 2014.[22]

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was announced at E3 2013 as a multiplayer third-person shooter game developed for PC and consoles.[23][24] Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was released on February 25, 2014, in North America and on February 27, 2014, in Europe.[25] A sequel, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, was teased in June 2015 and officially announced at E3 2015.[26][27] The game was released on February 23, 2016.[28] On March 10, 2016, PopCap announced Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, a digital collectible card game in the style of tower defense. It was soft released to certain countries on the same day,[29] and was fully released internationally on October 18, 2016.[30]

In August 2019, a closed beta of a follow-up to Plant vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 codenamed "Picnic" was made available to select players through invites.[31] And on September 4, 2019, EA announced the sequel's title; Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. It was released in an early access state that same date. The game was fully released on October 18, 2019.[32][33]

References

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