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“It’s about time.” That’s the tagline for Plants vs. Zombies 2, the latest offering from PopCap Games that will take the beloved franchise through various stops along the course of history to allow ancient flora to wage war against olden shambling armies of the undead.

If you’re like me, then the news that PvZ2 actually released today likely came as something of a shock. As we get ready for the upcoming holiday shopping season, plow through one AAA title after another and gorge on the various summer sales, it became easy to forget that one of the biggest mobile releases of the year was right here on our doorstep. A lack of steady updates and media didn’t help the matter, either. But it’s here, it’s free, and it’s more of that zombie-blasting goodness you’ve grown to know and love.

Initially available exclusively for iOS, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is now available through iTunes for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. As I was saying, the newest game in the series offers a theme centered on time travel, giving players the chance to visit several historical eras to square off against brand new zombies from various time periods.

And, yeah, the game itself is free to play. But for those of you gaming on other platforms, not to worry. PopCap has confirmed that PvZ2 will be making its way to other platforms in the coming months. If it’s anything like its predecessor, that means there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see it on just about every type of mobile device and gaming platform within the next year.

The Plants vs. Zombies has certainly taken off over the past couple of years with the original game spawning a Facebook spinoff, clothes and toys, an awesome-looking next-gen action game (announced at the 2013 E3 press event), and DLC for other games like a table in Zen Pinball 2 and extra content in The Sims 3. In short, the series has sunk its roots in pretty deep, and it looks like PvZ2 is just the latest in what will likely be a long and storied history.

Speaking of history, that’s what this latest offering is all about. PvZ2 was designed to be an “ever-expanding universe that will offer regular updates,” according to a statement from PopCap, which means fans can expect new worlds, plants, zombies and challenges. The vast majority of the game can be played at no charge (including every zombie and access to every world), but you’ll also be able to drop a few real-world dollars on various upgrades and other in-game items. I wouldn’t be surprised if future updates come with a small charge, too, but that’s only speculation.

PvZ2 also boasts a bunch of new gameplay enhancements, including new drops that strengthen your plants, as well as gesture-based power ups that let you demolish zombies with the swipe of a finger. You can also expect three worlds, 60 levels, side missions, mini-games and challenge zones aplenty.

So, yeah, maybe stop reading, check out this trailer and get to downloading?