EA Announces Card-Based Strategy Game 'Plants vs. Zombies Heroes'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Electronic Arts today announced a new game in the popular Plants vs. Zombies series, called Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, that ditches the tower defense mechanisms of past mobile installments for a collectible card format in the vein of Hearthstone (via VentureBeat). EA and PopCap Games aimed to make the game "accessible, with a lot of depth" to satisfy those new at card battling games but keep experts playing for a while.

    The game introduces new "Super Hero" classes of plants and zombies that act as the franchise's version of the heroes from Hearthstone. Some of these include The Green Shadow, an elusive but powerful peashooter, and Impfinity, a Zombie Imp Hero with the ability to create multiple Imp clones during battle. They serve as the main character supporting the "rest of your team," or the deck you've built, and lead the charge in a multiplayer battle against another Super Hero.

    Other than multiplayer, users will be able to travel through a single player adventure, compete in tournaments, lower the pressure in casual mode, and even see familiar faces of the franchise. Most notably, the new mobile game appears to directly reference the recently released Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, which is the franchise's version of a third-person shooter that launched on consoles in February.

    Plants vs. Zombies Heroes will have over 300 unique characters with unique animations, which EA hopes will help the game become more accessible to a larger group of people. For that same reason, it'll keep games to short 10-15 minute runs and leave "about a third of the characters" as easily unlockable options, "but you may have to dish out real money to buy character packs to get more characters."

    So little is officially nailed down about the game because today's announcement precedes a soft launch for Plants vs. Zombies Heroes in New Zealand, with a planned worldwide launch "soon." EA is no doubt testing the waters for the possibility of micro-transactions and game balancing before a bigger release.

    Brian Lindley, senior producer at EA, knows the company's new game falls closely in the category that Hearthstone has helped legitimize, noting that "Hearthstone is both inspiration and competition. They took the genre in a good direction." Blizzard's card game makes it easy to opt-out of paying for most of its in-app purchases and still have fun with the game, so hopefully EA keeps that in mind for any potential micro-transactions in its own card battler.

    For anyone interested in playing Plants vs. Zombies Heroes ahead of the wide release, our sister site Touch Arcade has a how-to guide listing the steps to download soft-launch games like this one outside of the debut territory.

    Article Link: EA Announces Card-Based Strategy Game 'Plants vs. Zombies Heroes'
  2. YouCanCallMeBigDaddy macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2015
    South East Louisana
    Did they pay you guys to put this article on here? I'm not seeing how this is any kind of "Quality Content".
  3. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    ...what the hell has EA done to this game?
  4. iLoveDeveloping macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2009
    News flash: EA Announces it's milking everything it can out of its mediocre games. Next up, plants VS zombies energy drink for kids!!
  5. TheHorrorNerd macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2015
    All card based games are shovelware...
    Mobile games are killing real games...
  6. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    This will make it more accessible? Did anyone find the original game to hard to comprehend? OK I'm bitter b/c they ruined PvZ 2 by making it pay-per-plant. Then again EA ruined all there games in a similar manner. Waiting for the version of Wheel of Fortune where you literally have to buy a vowel.
  7. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    Clash Royale seems to be doing great.

    I like it, it is not just game, it is relaxing and you have to think.
  8. SgtPepper23 macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2010
    Los Angeles, California
    I thought the exact same thing. At most a side story
  9. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Oh you poor poor ignorant soul...

  10. xxnemoxx macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2011
    the character in the screenshots looks like a cross between Geno from Mario RPG, & the Deku Scrub from Majoras' Mask
  11. tmanto02 macrumors 65816


    Jun 5, 2011
  12. Kaibelf macrumors 68000


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Hey as long as in 2019 we start to see trailers for the movie long after the game's considered old and dead....

  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    That's exactly what it is...a blog post.

    We just thought it was a neat little tidbit. Plants vs. Zombies has a long history as a popular franchise, and combining it with the massively popular card-collecting genre is an interesting twist. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  14. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is so much better than anything you can do in iOS. This looks like a game to get you to buy points like all the other free games.
  15. Bubba Satori Suspended

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    What is a real game?
  16. TheHorrorNerd macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2015
    On a pc or console. One that can be purchased outright
  17. jonnysods macrumors 601


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    EA... What a company.

    I'll never play that. But my brother will be all over this. He's and huge pvz fan.
  18. Marshall73 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2015
    Next up EA announce PvZ: The Movie!
    Starring Seth Rogan as Craaaazy Dave!
  19. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Such a lazy naming scheme. Just tacking on "Heroes" onto something. Hey EA, remember Battlefield Heroes?
  20. buttongerald macrumors member


    Jan 29, 2016
    St. John's, Newfoundland
    It sickens me to see what has become of gaming these days. People will say that problems lie mostly with mobile games, but they don't. This is a prime example of greed. I know EA is a business, and as a business they need to make money, but for **** sake did the Plants Vs. Zombie franchise REALLY need THIS?!
  21. decafjava macrumors 68000


    Feb 7, 2011
    The best mobile games can be purchased outright as well. A very few exceptions (like Crossy Road) are free to play. Few and far between though.
  22. yaxomoxay macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2010
    Yet boardgames are not only resurrecting, but they're coming back full force thanks to titles like Pandemic, Dead of Winter, Eldritch Horror, or even Time Line.
    You never know what will happen next, it is possible that pc/console games have to reinvent themselves a little bit as boardgames did. After all, iOS games are (mostly) "arcade" games reinvented.

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