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EA Issuing Invites to New Plants vs Zombies Shooter

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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

In a world of derivative content, why invent something new when you can rely on tried-and-tested formulas? It seems that Plants vs Zombies is in full renewal mode. 


Just as Joystickr reported on the third numbered installment of Plants vs Zombies for Android devices, the series’ more heavy-duty player-versus-player (PvP) compatriot is also in the final development stages of its next edition.

Codenamed “Picnic,” the Plants vs Zombies variation follows in the vein of its previous games — Garden Warfare and Garden Warfare 2.

Obviously, these two branches of the Plants vs Zombies franchise share very little in terms of gameplay mechanics. They only share the over-riding theme of plants fighting zombies. The shooter version departs from the more passive form of gameplay found in the original tower-defense game. Instead, it favors hectic third-person combat mechanics the likes of which you would see in something like Gears of War (minus the cover system).

If you are lucky, you will see something like this in your email inbox — but only if you are already a member of the EA’s Community Playtesting program.

Plants vs Zombies Picnic Closed Alpha

Image courtesy of Resetera/ody.

If you are not, this would be a good opportunity to become one. After all, when a game is finished, it is already too late to do anything but complain about it — so why not take the offered initiative and participate in its development before it is released?

The invites seem to be focused only on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms. However, both Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 1 and 2 were released simultaneously on the PC/Windows platform — so there is no reason to think this would be any different. Consequently, expect another series of playtesting invites soon for the PC as well.

What do you think of the Garden Warfare series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 


Images courtesy of IGDB/PvZ Garden Warfare 2 press kit, Resetera/ody.

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