Plants vs Zombies 2 Android version gets soft launch

The Android version of Plants vs Zombies 2: It's About Time has been released in Australia and New Zealand ahead of a global launch “soon”. The iOS version of the free-to-play sequel, which has been downloaded approximately 25 million times, also launched first in Australia and New Zealand before being released worldwide about a month after.

The game builds on 2009’s original Plants vs Zombies with fresh visuals, plants and zombies, various worlds in which to play (beginning with Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas and Wild West), and plant food, which lets players supercharge their turrets.

For more on the game, check out these PopCap developer diaries and our chat with Allen Murray, senior producer on Plants vs Zombies 2. And here you can read why PopCap thinks players shouldn’t be wary about the series’ transition to a free-to-play business model supported by microtransactions.


  • Shinn - October 3, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    Aw, ea is playing nice to say sorry for delayed launches, sub par servers, grossly overpriced digital products, and treating New Zealand as an extension of Australia. I guess I'll try the game.
  • ZeeCaptain - October 3, 2013 12:56 p.m.

    I thought it odd when I saw this for free on the app store, until I started playing it and saw that 80% of the content is only available through micro-transactions, so plants vs zombies 2, I believe it's about time to rethink that business strategy
  • Eightboll812 - October 3, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    I'm right there with you brotha. Except I have a better complaint than you. I got PvZ from Amazon back when it was exclusively launched in the Amazon AppStore. And they have completely abandoned Amazon updates while updating Google Play. The result is, Google has a newer version than Amazon which is very old. The Google version sells cheaper than the original app on Amazon. So my purchase is worth less on Amazon than if I had made it on Google. I absolutely won't give them a single cent more until they address this. I've opened support tickets and was told "stay tuned...." and that was months ago and still no update.
  • BladedFalcon - October 3, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    Well, that's good news. I still feel irked at EA's handling of the sequel and the fact that it's free to play, but dammit, the first game was so good, that I can't help wanting to check this one out... No way I'm giving them a single cent for it though, I'll play what I can for free, and the leave it the minute it becomes apparent I need to buy shit.
  • GR_SophiaTong - October 3, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    You can play through it without paying. The microtransactions is just for items if you want it. I don't remember seeing content not being unlocked unless you pay... unless they changed it recently.
  • BladedFalcon - October 3, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    Well, seeing as it has only 3 stages so far, it seems obvious that they'll be adding new areas later... IF they decide to charge money for those, that's where I'm drawing the line, is what I meant. Otherwise, it's good to hear that the micro-transactions that were there so far aren't necessary though! (:

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