'Plants vs. Zombies 2' Soft Launches in New Zealand and Australia

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Plants vs. Zombies 2, which has been delayed until July 18 in the United States, is currently available for download from the New Zealand and Australian App Stores.

    Allen Murray, the game's senior producer, spoke to Polygon today to explain that the company decided to soft launch in New Zealand and Australia in order to test features like server stability and pricing.

    Plants vs. Zombies 2 utilizes cloud saving and is slated to be free with in-app purchases. According to Murray, PopCap plans to test and monitor player purchasing behavior to make pricing adjustments ahead of the game's wider launch. Players will likely see pricing fluctuations for content, which will include premium plants and coin packs that can be used for purchasing power-ups and upgrades.
    Gamers in New Zealand and Australia can download the app immediately from the App Store for free, while U.S. players will need to wait until later this month. Our sister site TouchArcade has gone hands on with the game and has a demo available for users who want an early peek at Plants vs. Zombies 2.

    Article Link: 'Plants vs. Zombies 2' Soft Launches in New Zealand and Australia
  2. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    for free .... here comes the in-app-purchase madness :rolleyes::mad:
  3. macrumors 68000

    Oct 15, 2008
    Gutted, more Freemium crap.

    Let me pay £5 and leave me alone to play the game.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
  5. macrumors 68020

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    The plants don't look as cute and well designed as in the first one. :(

    Why change a perfect artstyle to something that looks like every other game on the App Store?
  6. macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
  7. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I love how NZ and AU are test beds for a soft launch :p
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    I downloaded the game, and from a few plays it is more or less the same as PVZ1. I haven't gone to the time travelling features yet but one neat (free) addition is the ability to temporarily supercharge your plants using seeds. The graphics are simpler but that's because each animated character now has more animation. Each character seems to have more 'bounce' and movement and fluid animation does make the game play better.

    Unfortunately it looks like EA has really restricted the use of our favourite plants from PVZ1 to purchase-only upgrades. Favourites now cost $1.99 each (edit: $2.99? seriously! I bet this will drop to $1.99)

    I think this is only going to make PVZ1 more popular.

    Screenshots of Plants VS Zombies being EA'd

    And the screenshot that will make PVZ fans cry:
  10. macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2013
    Wow, the game actually looks worse...

    I guess they spent too much money on their fancy 3D trailer, which, by the way, had nothing to do with the game as it didn't contain any gameplay from the actual game.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
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    macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    Maybe that'll be one of the in-app purchases, to get decent graphics back.

    Request for people in Australia and New Zealand — please don't buy any of the in-app purchases during the soft launch period. The article says they're basing pricing and such in part based on how things go. Maybe if EA sees that no one is buying them they will convert some of them to free or at least lower the prices. You never know...

    EDIT: Just to clarify, I think that developers deserve to be paid of course for their work, it's the freemium model that I disagree with — as others have said here and elsewhere, at least give an option to pay for the full game.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Wow. To think I was actually looking forward to this... I don't need another dollar sucker in my iPhone...
  14. macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2004
    What a downer that this is going FTP/freemium. Deep down though, I'm not surprised. RIP PopCap (when EA bought them).

    Well, at least we'll still have PvZ 1, though EA is turning that into freemium too.
    (Thanks to Laura Shigihara for composing the song!)
  15. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2005
    Really sad the number of In-App Purchases that there are in this game...

    5,000 - $2.99
    10,000 - $4.99
    20,000 - $9.99
    40,000 - $19.99
    100,000 - $29.99
    150,000 - $39.99
    200000 - $49.99

    Squash - $2.99
    Imitater - $2.99
    Snow Pea - $2.99
    Jalapeño - $2.99
    Torchwood - $2.99
    Power Lily - $2.99

    Shovel Bonus: $1.99 - 25% sun refund when shoveling
    Plant Food Bonus: $1.99 - +1 Plant Food Slot
    Sun Bonus: $1.99 - +25 Starting Sun
    Bonus Seed Slot: $1.99 - +1 Seed Slots

    Starter Bundle: $4.99 - Squash, 5,000 Coins, Shovel Bonus
    Torch Bundle: $7.99 - Torchwood, 40,000 Coins, Bonus Seed Slot
    Power Bundle: $9.99 - Jalapeño, 40,000 Coins, Sun Bonus
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2006
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    I've downloaded it and played the first few levels.
    Overall it is very disappointing. I wrote in my 2-star App store review that it feels like a student project.
    I won't be purchasing anything in the store with real money, but am still hoping that they let people buy using the in-game coins in the future.
  17. macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I was so excited for this game but these in app purchases are ridiculous. I shouldn't have to pay in sections to play the damn game.

    I would gladly pay $10 up front for the full version but not this piecemeal crap. (I won't even buy it if all the in-app purchases equal $10, it sends the wrong message to the publisher.)

    Popcap I wish you never sold out.
  18. macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2012
    I am tired of complaining about the horrible nature of excessive IAP. I'm no longer angry, just sad, sad that the natural joy of gaming has come to be taken away. :(
  19. macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
  20. macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2010
    I've seen other places complaining about the graphics, but have you updated the patch in the beginning and installed it? If not, you're not running the retina graphics. That made a very, very big difference for me.

    And for the record, it crashes on iOS 7 on both my 4th gen iPad and iPhone 5. I have it running on a 3rd generation iPad still running iOS 6 and another iPhone 5 running iOS 6 just fine (gotta love the fake Australian Apple ID!). I've been fine using iOS 7 though and it's one of the few apps for me that crashes at launch. Many stopped on beta 3, but not PvZ or PvZ 2. Oh well...
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2009
    Also doesnt work at all on my iPad 2 and iPhone 4S running iOS7 b3. Which is rather annoying lol.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2005
    None of the Popcap games run under iOS7 at present.
  23. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I wonder if they actually expect anyone to pay for the $5+ IAP or if they only put them there to make the $1-$3 IAP seem like good deals?

    Either way, there's no way in hell I'm going to touch those. I might give the game a shot but the moment it seems like it's not possible without grinding or buying, I'm deleting.
  24. macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2011
    So if I want the full game, I need to pay 26$???

    Thanks, but no thanks.
  25. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Remember Plants Vs. Zombies 1?

    Yeah, it's that.

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