PopCap announces Plants vs. Zombies for Xbox One at E3

11 Jun 2013

Better get green-fingered because the zombies are coming – to Xbox One! A new game from the popular zombie-battling series by PopCap Games will arrive first on Xbox One next spring.

Microsoft itself showcased 20 new Xbox One titles at its own E3 press event, but at the Electronic Arts press conference last night, the lead act came from PopCap Games.

A division of Electronic Arts, PopCap is bringing its much-loved Plants vs. Zombies franchise to the Xbox One with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare – a new interpretation of the game as a military-style shooter in a colourful 3D world.

Almost a parody, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will take on the action genre while retaining its trademark sense of humour and fun for all ages. “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare takes the PvZ experience to amazing new gameplay territory while retaining the core characteristics beloved by legions of fans,” assured Jon David, executive producer of the series.

The new game will be powered by the advanced Frostbite 3 engine, the same used for EA’s Battlefield, and players can join forces in a four-player co-operative mode or opt for 24-player battle mode, where they can even choose to be on the side of the zombies.

As well as the familiar Peashooter, Sunflower and Chomper plants, there will be new, more powerful plants at players’ disposal. The dreaded zombies will also have new skills, and personalisation features will allow users to customise both plants and zombies with hundreds of unique items.

The game will be released exclusively first on Xbox One in spring of 2014, followed by releases for the Xbox 360 and PC.

This is already a big year for PvZ, with Facebook game Plants vs. Zombies Adventures just released and time-travelling adventure Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time arriving mid-July.

PopCap also announced a sequel to its popular Peggle game at the EA event in Los Angeles, California. First released in 2007 and having grown to reach numerous platforms since, this addictive puzzle game is long overdue a follow-up.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic