Enhanced Plants vs. Zombies Coming to XBLA This Fall


Plants vs. Zombies‘ date with the Xbox Live Arcade is finally almost here, with PopCap Games today announcing a fall launch for the first console version of its hit tower defense title currently available for PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad. The XBLA version won’t be some lazy port either. It’ll have a number of new features the other platforms don’t have, including Co-Op and Vs. multiplayer modes, a mini-game inspired by PopCap’s Heavy Weapon shoot-’em-up, enhanced graphics running at a max resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a new system of tracking and sharing progress in which players create a custom house on a street neighboring custom houses created by their friends.

The XBLA version of Plants vs. Zombies will be available in early September for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15.00), with a $20 retail disc version to be released later in the year featuring Zuma and Peggle as bonus games. Also this fall, the original PC/Mac version will be getting a new “Game of the Year” re-release with a collectible zombie figurine packed in for a limited time.

PopCap Preps Plants vs. Zombies™ for Xbox LIVE® Arcade

Next Installment in Blockbuster Franchise Coming to the Console Market, Delivering Seven Game Modes, 21 Mini-Games and Exclusive Multiplayer Action

SEATTLE, July 19 /PRNewswire/ — PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual video games, today announced plans to release Plants vs. Zombies™ for Xbox LIVE® Arcade (XBLA) this fall. With an anticipated launch in early September, Plants vs. Zombies on XBLA will deliver more game content than any previous iteration of the franchise, boasting seven game modes, including two all-new multiplayer modes, 12 unique achievements and 21 mini-games. Upon its release, Plants vs. Zombies for XBLA will be available for 1200 Microsoft Points (US$15.00).

“With a ton of new features and content exclusive to the XBLA version, we’ve pulled out all the stops to both expand and optimize this adaptation for a hard core gaming audience,” said Ed Allard, head of worldwide studios at PopCap. “The two new multiplayer modes allow gamers to work cooperatively to defeat hordes of invading zombies, or go head-to-head in a true ‘plants vs. zombies’ challenge. We’re also featuring a customized ‘house’ for tracking and sharing progress as well as a total of 21 mini-games and 12 achievements, all designed to enthrall Plants vs. Zombies players once again.”

Plants vs. Zombies for XBLA showcases many standout features, including:

* A total of seven game modes, including two new multiplayer modes: Co-Op and Vs. Mode
* 12 achievements and 21 mini-games — more than any other adaptation, and including the exclusive Heavy Weapon™-inspired mini-game
* A goofy new way to track and share progress online, where players create their own custom house and cruise down the street to see their friends’ cribs!
* The highest resolution of any Plants vs. Zombies adaptation to date at 1920 x 1080
* All 50 levels of the original Adventure mode along with Puzzle, Survival, and Zen Garden

Later this year, PopCap will also release a retail boxed edition of Plants vs. Zombies (including Zuma and Peggle as well) for the Xbox 360, and a new “Game of The Year” boxed edition of the PC/Mac original, a limited number of which will include a zombie figurine. Both are expected to arrive on retail shelves later this fall and carry a suggested retail price of US$19.99 each.

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