PopCap Games announced almost a year ago – to be more specific, on August 20th – that its hit title Plants vs. Zombies would have a sequel. The original game sold over 300,000 copies during the first nine days it was available on the App Store, generating more than $1M in gross sales, considered as “the top-grossing iPhone launch”.
Numbers aside, the main reason behind a new release was that people got tired of the same old zombies vs plants game mode. PopCap Games published a press release stating the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies was “expected to launch by late spring 2013″.
Then, at the beginning of June – through its official website – the developer announced the official date: July 18th. Two weeks ago, out of the blue, PopCap Games decided to back down and leave the launch date wide open by saying it “will now be released later in the summer”.
But wait! That’s not the end of the story. On July 9th, the app magically appeared on the App Store. Unfortunately, it was only made available for people with an Apple ID from Australia or New Zealand.
Plants vs. Zombies 2 was first released in those countries because of their size (they are not as big as the U.S.) and to work as testbeds for trying PopCap’s new technology. Users will now be able to start a game on one device and carry on somewhere else without having to start all over again.
As a free version, it has in-app purchases and Egypt as the main stage. Apparently you will also fight pirate zombies later on the game.
There are new plants, like Bloomerang – a plant that hits three times –, and new characters like the pharaoh zombie or Penny the car (an intelligent car that will get you back in time to buy your neighbor Crazy Dave a taco). Plants vs. Zombies 2 is available for free for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
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