Plants vs Zombies is perhaps the ultimate tower defense game. But even though you're in direct control of arranging your garden, you never really get to shoot the seeds at the zombies yourself. Incredibly, there are signs that might be about to change - namely a combination of industry rumour and a job advert for a new PopCap team. We might be about to get Plants vs Zombies as a first-person shooter, apparently for consoles and allegedly in the style of Team Fortress 2. Say what?
Above: Plants vs Zombies is ace - but could it work as an FPS?
According to Kotaku, an unnamed source close to EA in Canada
has said that several former members of EA's Black Box studio is working on a Plants vs Zombies console title that's "in the vein of Team Fortress 2". The source says the idea still has to be submitted to PopCap for approval
later this month, even though development on a prototype has already
begun. If true, that means there probably exists some form of rudimentary PvZ FPS
It's all backed up by the job advertisement which advertises a role in "an exciting new PopCap team in Burnaby". That's in Canada, geography fans. The advert lists among the requirements:
Expert knowledge of the human anatomy, form and weight (that'll be zombies falling over and their heads rolling away, presumably).
Experience animating a wide range of characters and creatures, both human and non-human forms (zombies and plants, then)
Able to create animation and interpret from various reference material, including storyboards and video clips (make 3D models of the 2D artwork)
Strong ability to express emotion and exaggerate movement through animation techniques (just like the exaggerated animation style of PvZ).
It's almost too obvious. It also states: "The Animator will be involved from idea and prototype creation and the directing of actors and stuntmen during motion capture sessions, to the final stage when animating and implementing the results into the game."
So presumably someone's going to have to pretend to be a zombie. And perhaps a Wall Nut.
We should imagine even Nicholas Cage would have a hard job doing that one.
We quite like the idea of the game... although if we're totally honest, we'd rather just have Plants Vs Zombies 2 and yet more evolutions of Team Fortress 2. Sorry. And also, we have to point out... wouldn't playing as the plants get boring? After all, they are by their very nature 'rooted to the spot'.
Sources: Kotaku, GameGuzzler