PopCap Are Making A PvZ Shooter?

By Jim Rossignol on June 14th, 2013 at 12:00 pm.


Perhaps the most surprising news from E3 is that puzzle-masters PopCap are making a full-on 3D action game. It’s called Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, and features co-op and multiplayer action in the world of Plants Vs Zombies. Yes, you play as plants blasting zombies. It looks pretty incredible, frankly.

It also has the best trailer ever.

And a dev diary:

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  1. GeminiathXL says:

    Love the battlefield reference.

  2. Eonfge says:

    And so we thought, that after Chamberlain we would never be that disappointed again. We were wrong.

    • Machinations says:

      Im incredulous. I cannot imagine how they went from PvZ to this. They need some new blood with new ideas. I fail to see how adapting PvZ to a fps format is anything other than an absurd idea. EA doing what EA does best, I suppose.

  3. Surlywombat says:

    The compostion of this post makes exseedingly happy.

    • Jams O'Donnell says:

      The compostition?

      • Ansob says:

        Look, these garden-variety puns aren’t enough. You need to trowel harder.

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      Jimmy Butler says:

      This has definitely sown a seed of interest in me

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      RedViv says:

      Aye, this might be good if the f2p options are not too cucumbersome.

      • Skabooga says:

        If they’re going free to play, I won’t carrot all for this game.

    • Richie Shoemaker says:

      I’m so excited I might pea myself

    • Gurrah says:

      Absolutely, them abandoning their roots like that.

      • Tatourmi says:

        Oh, come on, leaf them be.

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          Jimmy Butler says:

          With this and Plants Vs Zombies 2. I hope the workload doesn’t get too much for them otherwise they won’t be able to cedar woods for the trees.

    • Dog Pants says:

      The graphics need some work though. Way too much bloom.

    • Bahlof says:

      this looks so interesting I may even plant this one on my buds

    • hitnrun says:

      Killing zombies never dries up. They truly are the foes to synthesize the quintessential shooter.

      My mum will love this. I need someone to dig more dirt on this title before I embed myself though.

      It’s a bit apollen that nothing innovative has gotten any sunshine from PopCap since EA absorbed them. They used to sow far and wide and germaniate good ideas at a wild rate.

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      cpt_freakout says:

      I thought it made some grass generalizations, though.

  4. gibb3h says:

    Oh my yes, lets hope they can stamen track

  5. Theory says:

    Consider me flubber-dubbed.

  6. Spacewalk says:

    Count me out, I liked PvZ and I don’t like the look of this.

  7. Noviere says:

    It’s not something I’m likely to pick up, but it’s nice to see a shooter that breaks the mold a bit.

  8. mwoody says:

    When EA bought Popcap, the jabs were flying about what they’d do with it. Now, we find out they’ve turned PvZ in to a shooter, and the actual PvZ2 is pay-to-win garbage.

    It’s like EA read the threads full of jokes and interpreted them as player demand.

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      RedViv says:

      PvZ2 is not much different from the previous one on the ExpensiveTablets and ExpensivePhones. Just wait for what the versions on other platforms are like.

    • Shieldmaiden says:

      My thoughts exactly.

    • timethor says:

      I guess it’s nice they’re making a light-hearted shooter (FPS gameplay is suited for kids. Most actual FPSs.. not so much), but yeah. Everything turning into an FPS was supposed to be a bad thing.

    • Widthwood says:

      Why all the negativity?
      EA/Popcap already laid off the creator of PvZ back in august so that PvZ2 could be as full of new exciting features and ideas as possible!

  9. rustybroomhandle says:

    This is depressing.

  10. Knufinke says:

    Looks like Orcs must die rethemed.

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    Gap Gen says:

    So is this going to work on Vista and Windows 7? The fact it only lists Bone and Windows leads the skeptic in me to worry that they’re only going to release it on Windows 8.

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      basilisk says:

      That’s not the Windows logo at the end there, that’s the new Microsoft-as-a-whole logo (it’s admittedly kind of confusing). So they’re listing only the Xbone (and the website merely says “PC”). That is to say, your guess is as good as any.

    • Shodex says:

      You can bet that if it does end up on PC it’ll be a “Windows 8 Exclusive”, part of Microsoft’s new “Windows 8 Gamer” thing.

      They did it with Halo 2 and Vista, claiming that it needed DX10 to run despite clearly not.

      • Gukenschlaven says:

        But Microsoft owned Halo 2, they don’t own PVZ. I’d be really shocked if EA didn’t make this available for Windows 7 and even earlier, that would just be leaving money on the table, and EA like their monies.

        • realitysconcierge says:

          Either way, I’m pretty sure it would be extremely easy to crack to run on older systems and not in metro.

  12. Larington says:

    Truth is, I can’t help but wonder if this is the beginning of Pop Caps EA owned decline into Mediocrity. Hopefully I’m wrong.

    …They’re still allowed to start work on completely new IP’s, right? RIGHT?

  13. aldo_14 says:

    The Bok Choi is a Boxing Choi. Excellent.

  14. Meat Circus says:

    I’m glad. I really felt what Plants vs Zombies was missing was guns.

    Especially with the ongoing guns-in-games drought.

    • elmo.dudd says:

      Because it is such a harsh change to the game to have the pea shooters going from shooting peas, to shooting peas? With the exception of the nuts, sunflower, ice-shroom, garlic, and lilypads, the whole game is oriented around a lethal attack to the zombies. It is a combat game. This is doing its combat and setting in third person multiplayer.

      • Nest says:

        It’s stupid. If they really had to Leverage the Plants vs Zombies Franchise IP in order to achieve Greater Market Share within Key Demographics, there was an obvious and much more fitting solution which they completely ignored.

        You should play as the zombies, not the plants. It would make way more sense to play as the mobile zombies trying to infiltrate an overflowing garden full of primarily stationary but aggressive plants. It also would have made for much more interesting level design. I don’t want to play as a cartoon sunflower and wander around yet another dreary, grey and brown zombie infested wasteland. Apart from the different avatar, I’ve done all this before plenty of times, and I doubt this game is going to do it better, or even in an interesting way.

        I would however *love* to play a game which takes place in a lush, vibrant, colorful garden full of cheerful (but deadly) cartoon plants. The fact that the developers are not going this direction tells me that they are idiots, and that the game is definitely going to suck.

  15. Frank says:

    Boo. At least they realize they have a long way to go in explaining this. As of now, I’m expecting something at the level of Bad Day LA.

    Also, I wish they’d keep the environmental art style of the original game. It’s supposed to be zombies invading your (literal) turf, so why is the neighborhood so brown in the dev diary?

  16. Bluestormzion says:

    Xbone? Pffff. Zomb me off.

  17. Danda says:

    This is exactly the most stupid idea you could expect from EA. And it looks terrible.

    Even PvZ 2′s new graphics look terrible. I have a bad feeling about this.

  18. jonsnow says:

    PvZ = player versus zombie

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    Hodge says:

    It’s like EA have so much money that they can now commision entire projects just to troll people.

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    TheApologist says:

    Those plants don’t seems as um…planted as you’d expect.

    I DEMAND CANONICAL EXPLANATION OF PLANTS’ NEW-FOUND MOTILITY

    • Jigowatt says:

      “My own belief, for what that is worth, is that they were the outcome of a series of ingenious biological meddlings—and very likely accidental, at that. Had they been evolved anywhere but in the region they were, we should doubtless have had a well‑documented ancestry for them.”

  21. Ginga121 says:

    Best… Trailer… EVAAAAARRR!

  22. Jenks says:

    I don’t play many shooters but this looks like fun. An even more cartoony TF2.

  23. killer1one says:

    I am sorry, but when i saw that trailer for the first time, i had this horrible horrible feeling in my gut that something i loved 100% was immediately ruined. They made a colorful fun game into a shooter, as if there aren’t enough shooters out there. I am actually very disappointed by this. Sure the trailer is sort of a funny parody but i saw the whole thing at E3 and it made me just very sad. PvZ is dead for me until proven otherwise.

  24. Bobka says:

    I actually rather like the concept. Could be fun.

    I won’t be any more sad than usual if it turns out to be Origin and/or Windows 8 exclusive, though. But it’ll be nice to have another shooter that isn’t a grim militaristic one.

  25. JackShandy says:

    Y’all are crazy, this looks fantastic.

  26. aliksy says:

    Wait, this is serious? I thought this was a joke.

  27. The Random One says:

    I’m finding this interesting despite myself (well, despite EA actually). But what the rapidly spinning fuck is the matter with that sunflower? It’s supposed to be the cutest plant, but it looks like a thalidomide beanie baby!

  28. defunct says:

    They went from puzzle game to action shooter with this, and seriously expect the same people to enjoy it? The obvious answer is NO. They’re looking for a bigger audience because people that like thinking while gaming are exceedingly rare. They’ll make way more money making it an action shooter. One guy even said, they have to push it to see how far they can go. Clearly owned by EA. Popcap was about making fun puzzle games. Not action shooters.

    So we see yet again, the touch of EA ruins everything it encounters. And I get to stick with my ‘no more EA games will be purchased by me ever again’ statement. Yay! Thanks for making it easy!

    • Zaranell says:

      You… do realize they’re also making PvZ 2, a straight sequel to the original game, right? This is just a spin-off.

  29. MattM says:

    That trailer smelled of bullshot.

  30. Daniel Klein says:

    I don’t get it. Is PvZ2 still coming? As in a 2D tower defense game? If not, I’d be very disappointed. PvZ was a game that bridged the casual and hardcore scenes. This is not going to be fun for casual players at all :(

    • Nick says:

      It is coming, I’m not sure if its been announced for anything but tablets and phones yet however.

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        RedViv says:

        A PopCap person has said that, yes, the ExpensiveOS versions are only the ones that are initially released, and others are to follow. So it will be “even more widely available” than the previous game, somehow. I’m guessing occult magicks.

  31. Bigmouth Strikes Again says:

    A turning point for the gaming industry: The Cramps on a trailer. If Lux Interior (vocals) were alive, I’m sure he would feel this as the highlight of his career.

  32. Zogtee says:

    I cannot express how much I fucking hate this.

  33. Archipelagos says:

    So this is what creative bankruptcy looks like.

    • chargen says:

      I wondered what EA would shit out after eating Popcap. Never thought it would be anywhere near this bad though.

  34. Nixitur says:

    This looks less like a shooter and more like Orcs Must Die. Which, honestly, isn’t that bad.
    The graphics seem a little off to me, but it looks fun. Might pick it up.

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      Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      I wondered which memory-node the visual input was stimulating, but the recall was inhibited by the high excitation threshold and the synapse remained dormant.

    • Metr13 says:

      Try Warframe. Go on, try it. Then, maybe, try Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. That’s what it all reminds of to me – an action-”rpg”.

      Tis isn’t a shooter.

  35. Halbarad says:

    The problem is, I’m sure this was announced on stage at E3 as an Xbox One exclusive. I hope not, but that’s what I believe.

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    Keymonk says:

    The game itself seems like a hilarious idea, but the dev diary thing seems more like a corporate interview within their own building. I’m not seeing any of the passion they claim at all – they’re just staring passively as if they’d been instructed to say what they did. Not liking that.

  37. QualityJeverage says:

    Boy, it is really easy to hate things isn’t it? This seems like a very fun crowd.

    I saw this announcement, thought it looked like some absurd fun, and went on with my day.

  38. Metr13 says:

    Looks… Bad. Looks like they are getting shoved around by EA and are trying to do something good with what they are told to do. It’s kind of a fridge horror to me to realize that it might be a result of them, getting a directive to make that kind of game, and now being actively in delial about this.

    But if it turns out fun, hey, why not? Of course, I’m not spending a cent on it unless RPS clearly states that it’s so damn worth it that I need to break my oath of not giving any money to EA.