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You can never keep a good zombie down. The same seems to be true for PopCap Games' Plants vs. Zombies. Fresh off a huge release of a graphic novel through Dark Horse Comics, the developer has announced that the next game in the series will be hitting the new generation of consoles in February 2014. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will be available on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 on February 18th, 2014 in the US and February 20th, 2014 in Europe. The new game is a multiplayer shooter that puts the players in the shoes or the roots of their favorite characters in the franchise.
"Gamers across the world have fallen in love with the Plants vs. Zombies characters and now they'll get to see them in an entirely new light," said Brian Lindley, Producer on Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. "Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare give the series' fans and shooter players a fun, new experience that they'll both enjoy as they blast, chomp and laugh their way through co-op and head-to-head online action."
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is powered by the Frostbite 3 engine which is something I know nothing about, but from what I've read, allows for “stunning, three-dimensional worlds, blooming with vibrant colors and unique landscapes.” The game features over 10 maps with three separate modes: Garden Ops, Garden & Graveyards, and Team Vanquish. Garden Ops is a four player co-op mode where gamers work together to fight off waves of the undead which sounds very similar to the original game. Garden & Graveyards is a 12 vs. 12 competitive multiplayer version where plants must defend their garden bases from being turned into zombie graveyards. Team Vanquish is also a 12 vs. 12 competitive mode but it sounds more like a death match.
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I'm a fan of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise and I've completed the first game several times on a variety of devices. This sounds like a big jump that puts the title into a whole new arena that can appeal to more than just the casual gamer. I'm also curious why a Playstation version wasn't announced. What do you think of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare? Do you think there should be a colon in that title?
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