Plants vs. Zombies 2 launched on iOS today.
Plants vs. Zombies, the insanely popular tower defense game that mixes gardening and the zombie apocalypse, burst onto the gaming scene as a desktop game in 2009. Four years is a long time to wait for a sequel but, back in May, publisher PopCap revealed that Plants vs. Zombies 2 was on the way. The company promised a July launch for Plants vs. Zombies 2, but July came and went with nary a sign of the new game. This week, PopCap finally gave the people what they have wanted for a long time.
The availability of PvZ2 was announced via the official App Store Facebook page. Unfortunately, there's no word on availability for other platforms. PopCap says it will be available on other platforms "later this year and beyond," but mentioned no specifics. We do know that Plants vs. Zombies 2 will have three new worlds (more on the way, says PopCap) and more than 60 levels at launch. There's new plants, new zombies, plant food to supercharge your plants, power-ups that let you pinch/flick/zap zombies, side missions, mini-games, brain-teasers, and new Challenge Zones at the end of each world.
The app itself is free, but a quick glance at the App Store reviews reveals the premium plants are sold as in-app purchases and range from $2.99 to $3.99. According to Mashable, you don't need to buy anything to access all of the existing stages, but PopCap might have more success with its IAPs if it lowers the prices just a little.