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Plants Vs. Zombies 2 will not be arriving within a month as planned. Today PopCap Games announced that they were pushing the game back to an unspecified date.
PvZ2 was previously scheduled for a July 18th launch. Before that, PopCap promised a late spring launch. Today's tweet continued the trend:
PopCap apologized for the delay in a follow-up tweet. They added that they want to make sure that the game "lives up to fans' expectations." In other words, they need more polish time. The studio reiterated in subsequent tweets that they're committed to releasing the game this summer.
In Plants vs. Zombies 2, players must hold the line against waves of zombie invaders. Their only defense is an assortment of plants, each with distinct abilities. In the sequel, players will access to new plants, such as the Bonk Choy, as well as new power-ups. Unlike the first game, the action isn't centered around a backyard. Instead, players will travel to ancient Egypt, the Wild West and pirate-filled seas among other places. They'll encounter new types of zombies in the process.
The game, interestingly enough, will be free-to-play. It's funded entirely through optional micro-transactions. Players can stop by Crazy Dave's in-game shop to purchase upgrades, new plants and more for real-world money. The change in business model is part of a larger EA strategy to include microtransactions in more of its future games.
Plants vs. Zombies 2 will be exclusively available on iOS devices at launch. However, if the first game was any indication, PvZ2 will ultimately spread to Android, handhelds, and consoles.
The wait between Plants Vs. Zombies and its sequel will be much longer than the wait between PvZ2 and the third entry in the series. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, a third-person shooter/tower defense game announced at E3, will be debuting in spring 2014 on consoles and PC.