Developer PopCap Games, those purveyors of hopelessly addictive games such as Bejeweled, Peggle and of course Plants Vs Zombies, have today made an announcement that is all but guaranteed to turn you in a social recluse if you weren’t one already.
Plants Vs Zombies 2 is a real thing and is due to arrive sometime in the first half of 2013. Kaboom.
The press release reads thusly:
“POPCAP’S PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES™ SEQUEL SET TO SPRING IN FIRST HALF OF 2013
Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Will Feature Hordes of New Plant and Zombie Types and Mulch More
SEATTLE, Washington – August 20, 2012 – PopCap Games, maker of some of the world’s most popular video game franchises and a division of EA, today announced that the underground growth of the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies™, one of the world’s most popular video games, is germinating and advancing with rigor.
The sequel to Plants vs. Zombies is expected to launch by late spring 2013, and will include a bevy of new features, settings, and situations, designed to delight the franchise’s tens of millions of fans around the world. No other details of the highly anticipated new installment in the franchise are available at this time, beyond the following comments from some of the game’s denizens.
“Spring is crullest curlie ungood time, and plantz grow dull roots,” noted an unidentified spokesperson. “So, we are meating you for brainz at yore house. No worry to skedule schedlue plan… we’re freee anytime. We’ll find you.”
“There was a time we relished a bracing, hearty blend of zombies, in the morning,” said Sonny F. Lower, a representative of the Flora Forever Foundation. “But first, a brisk shower and some strategic pruning are required. Tomorrow is near!”
Known for its quirky, one-of-a-kind blend of art, humor, polish and attention to detail, PopCap has been a mainstay of casual, mobile and social gaming for more than a decade. More than a billion people around the world have played PopCap’s video games, including the award-winning, blockbuster franchises Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled®, Zuma®, Peggle® and Bookworm®. The breadth of PopCap’s audience is similarly impressive, as its games appeal equally to both genders and all ages.
PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000, was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2011, and has a worldwide staff of more than 600 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. PopCap’s games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship franchise, Bejeweled®, has sold more than 50 million.”
No formats are confirmed in the press release, but it seems obvious to me that it’ll release on just about everything ever in order to maximise the potential disruption the game will have on society. In the meantime, EA will release a spin-off app to the series called PvZ Presents Talking Zombatar, a terrifyingly crap looking talking avatar thing that should probably be best avoided.
Instead, save your excitement and pennies for this; the real deal.
I, for one, cannot wait. What about you guys?