Of late, PopCap Games has been crossing its T’s and dotting it’s I’s. Just a few weeks ago, the publisher dropped a retina display support update into its monstrous hit, Peggle [$2.99]. Around roughly the same time, Plants vs. Zombies [$2.99 /HD] received the Zen Garden in a free update, bringing it on par with the other versions out there. Now, PVZ can boast retina display support, too. In a free update that just dropped, PVZ can be seen in all its fantastic, HD-y glory for those playing on an iPhone 4.

If PopCap was a person this kind of housecleaning behavior could be seen as a sign that it’s preparing for something new. Lord knows you won't catch me picking up quarters off my floor or dusting my molding unless I'm moving out an old couch and putting a new one in.

Is it plausible that we’re on the cusp of receiving a fresh game from the studio? Undoubtedly, it’s working on stuff. Games are kinda how a studio makes money, you know? I just wonder how soon we'll see something since both of these games are essentially in totally finished states, finally.

In the not-so-distant past, the media spotted a bunch of out-there PopCap Games trademarks. The one that caught my eye the hardest was Yeti Train, but there’s also Popcorn Dragon, Robodojo, and Vacation Quest.

  • http://twitter.com/minimaxir Max Woolf

    Saying that the game looks 10x better is an understatement.

  • Noytaku

    Will the iPad version have the Zen Garden as well?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, still waiting for the content update to the HD version to bring it up to par with this non-HD version.

      • http://www.vitaltitles.com/ Nick

        I contacted pop cap and they basically said there is the plan to put it on the HD version, but that it's in the far distant future, and they won't give any dates.

        I'm stellarly upset that they are tossing the game by the wayside and not putting this as a priority. We paid easily 3+x as much as the iPhone version, yet the iPad is the one that's second in priority. It's been a year since they gave the hd version anything. It's time, PopCap, step up.

      • Anonymous

        That's still the only iPad game they've even released... No Peggle, Bookworm, Bejeweled... WTF.

      • Daniel Short

        Maybe the EA purchase will give them more resources to do these kinds of things. I got the feeling that they must be pretty busy around there when I read that they originally only set one week aside for Allied Star Police.

  • Blueknight1st

    Hopefully the possible release will be Bejeweled 3.

    • Anonymous

      Just what we need, another game in the most boring and predictable genre on the App Store.

      • Anonymous

        There's always one...

  • baja2

    I'd like to see the bank increase beyond $999,990.... Not much motivation to play when the bank is at its "max".
    Love the new look!!

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  • Anonymous

    Now if only they'd either release Bejewled 3 or give Bejeweled 2 some Retina love. That's the last thing on my phone without Retina and also one of the ones I've been waiting for the longest. I can't be the only one, right?

  • Brabad

    I would hope Plants vs Zombies 2

    • Inspirecreativity

      Based on the deal Popcap made when EA bought them, all employees receive huge bonus incentives if they make a certain amount of cash for EA. So my bets are on a new release or two, and possibly a sequel to the massively popular PvsZ. Why wouldn't they? That one title alone would get them their bonus.

      • Freetown

        Of course there's going to be sequels to the big franchises. They were just holding back new releases until they got bought and got there targets for the next 3 yrs. 

        The targets are completely impossible btw for a company like PopCap that's pretty slow to innovate.    

        yr1 = 100mil
        yr2 = 140
        yr3 = 340

        There's no way the year 3 one is possible, that's just EA's way of paying less 🙂 

      • Anonymous

        How is PopCap slow to innovate?

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  • Anonymous

    Bejeweled 3 would be the obvious choice for Popcap's next game. It would be nice if they'd start making universal apps.

  • http://twitter.com/halfmydadsage halfmydadsage

    More levels with all the row planting at the same time. I love that fast mini game that you can plant by rows. I want more!

  • Disbchris

    Why can't the iPad version get the Zen garden update as well, we have waited long enough 🙁

    • Achillesreborn

      The answer is pretty obvious. They have sold many, many more copies on the iphone, so they are dealing with that first. You have to wait a bit longer. Play something else. Or don't play anything. Or keep playing PvZ without the gimic of the zen garden/mini games, or the retina graphics that you'll forget about after a few games.

      Seriously, the version 1.00 PvZ app is about 95% as good as the latest version. The core gameplay is still what makes the game fun.

      And the game plays much better on the ipad, so just get on with it.

      • Anonymous

        Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed! Geez, lighten up a bit! 🙂

  • Ariectus

    I think Bookworm Adventures would be really fun on ios devices, its quick and quirky and fun, I sunk hours into it just last year and I'm 21 lol, I'd gladly sink alot more into it on my iPhone or iPad

  • Magonicolas

    I Would Love a PvZ 2!

  • Daniel Short

    Anybody played the facebook demo for Pig Up? I wasn't feeling it.. Hopefully whatever they put out next is in line with Peggle and PvZ, since those two are simply incredible!