When I saw advertisements for Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare at the Los Angeles Convention Center, I’ll admit I was kind of confused. Was it a minigame for Plants Vs. Zombies 2? Was it a self-contained title? And if so, what could it possibly be like? Certainly not another tower defense game with PvZ2 already fulfilling that role. A first person shooter would be somewhat ridiculous… so what then?
Answers arrived today at EA’s “The Download” Press Conference. Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will be a “3rd person action title,” a first step into that genre for PopCap Games. Mind blown. But wait… is this really so unusual? Isn’t there another title that combined tower defense with 3rd person action?
Sure enough, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is immediately comparable to Dungeon Defenders. The player can join with up to three other friends in a four player cooperative survival mode to defend against waves of zombies. And as you would expect, the zombies come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Disco Zombie makes a triumphant return, and it seemed to be a boss of sorts… until Gargantuar showed up to take the title.
It seems like the Plants are now free of their pots and roots, and can walk around unencumbered. The player can control plants like the Peashooter or Chomper directly through a 3rd person view, and they remain relatively faithful to their original forms, though the Sunflower now uses its ability to generate energy as a weapon. The game really looks like a lot of fun, so check it out in action in the official reveal trailer below!
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is coming exclusively first to Xbox One and Xbox 360, and will then be followed by PC and other platforms.