At their Gamescom 2013 conference Electronic Arts announced that PopCap Games’ latest game in their Plants Vs Zombies franchise, a 3rd-person shooter called Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare, will be released in Spring 2014 exclusively first for Xbox One with Kinect 2 support and Xbox 360, although it’s unclear if the Xbox 360 version will also support Kinect. So far the Kinect 2 support seems to only be available in the Xbox exclusive “Boss Mode” as you can see in the Boss Mode Trailer above and the Behind The Scenes Of Boss Mode trailer below:
EA also issued the following press release with more info:
POPCAP REVEALS NEW FEATURES AND MODES OF PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES GARDEN WARFARE AT GAMESCOM
Immersive Action Adaptation Will Include Kinect and Xbox SmartGlass Gameplay, Customizable Characters and Loadouts, and More; Pre-Orders Now Being Taken
COLOGNE, Germany (Gamescom)—August 20, 2013— PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today revealed a host of game features planned for its highly anticipated, immersive action experience, Plants vs. Zombies ™ Garden Warfare. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will roll-out first, exclusively on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, with pre-orders being taken now in advance of the game’s launch in Spring 2014.
“With its first reveal in June, we blew fans away with a glimpse of a game that takes the Plants vs. Zombies world to an entirely new genre,” said Tony Leamer, Plants vs. Zombies franchise director at PopCap. “Here at gamescom, we’re showcasing even more exciting elements, including Kinect for Xbox One and Xbox SmartGlass gameplay in Boss Mode, playable Zombie classes, character customization, and more. These amazing features will help make this one of the must-have action games of 2014.”
Powered by the advanced Frostbite ™ 3 engine, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare digs into the trenches to deliver an explosive new action experience. Players will take on the roles of plants and zombies across a mine-blowing world that delivers all the depth of a traditional action game blended with the refreshing humor of Plants vs. Zombies.
New Game Features Showcased at gamescom Include:
- 24-Player Multiplayer Action: Choose your side—plants or zombies
- 4-Player Online Co-op: Protect your garden from the zombie horde and powerful bosses
- Customization: Personalize your favorite plants and zombies with hundreds of unique items.
- Two Exclusive Modes for Xbox One:
– 2-player Split Screen Co-op Mode
– Kinect and Xbox SmartGlass gameplay in Boss mode, command the battlefield from above in Crazy Dave’s RV or Dr. Zomboss’ blimp
As of today, major retailers worldwide are accepting pre-orders for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare.
PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000, was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2011, and has a worldwide staff of more than 400 people in Seattle, San Francisco, and Shanghai.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players and operates in 75 countries.
In fiscal year 2013, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.8 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™ and Mass Effect™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.
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Here’s an E3 video preview of the main game:
Source: Plants Vs Zombies' YouTube Channel