pvz2logoIt looks like PopCap's long-awaited sequel Plants vs. Zombies 2 is going to take a bit longer to get fully-baked, as Joystiq has spotted a tweet from the official Plants vs. Zombies Twitter account stating that the game has been delayed until "later this summer." PopCap had previously announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2 was scheduled for release on July 18th.

The subtitle of Plants vs. Zombies 2 is It's About Time, and it literally is about time as in the game you'll visit an assortment of different time periods as you fend off a variety of zombies from invading your garden. We enjoyed our hands-on time with Plants vs. Zombies 2 during E3 a couple of weeks back, but were still hesitant about how the IAP might taint the balance.

Could PopCap be pulling a Breach & Clear-like flip-flop and reversing course on the free-to-play model? I highly doubt it, but that sort of concern was common amongst those who previewed the title, so it is possible they'll be tweaking that stuff in some fashion before release. In subsequent replies on Twitter, PopCap stated that the delay was to make sure the game would be "up to our fans' standards" so that really could mean anything.

At any rate, I guess we'll all just have to wait a little longer to find out for ourselves, and when PopCap sorts out a firm release date for Plants vs. Zombies 2 we'll be sure to let you know.

[Joystiq]

  • Jack Wong

    -.- I hate delay...

    • TeddyNYC

      So do I, but I hate rushed games that turn out bad even more.

    • themostunclean

      It is annoying when this happens but delays can still result in a fantastic game (Bioshock Infinite).

      Then again, it can also result in a steaming pile of crud (Aliens: Colonial Marines).

      • Kim Ferrari

        Don't forget Diablo III. What a letdown.

  • TavynTheCreator

    U guys said the 17th and PvZ said the 18th

    • Jerutix

      That's because stuff generally hits the App Store at 11PM Eastern the day before "official release." So, for the die hard among us, we would have already downloaded and started playing on the 17th (Wednesday evening) before the App Store puts it on the front page on the 18th.

  • ZarieoZ

    If they are going the Firaxis way, then I'm all for it & I don't mind the delay.

    If not, THEN I JUST DON'T CARE.

  • TeddyNYC

    I wonder if you'll be able to purchase a fully-unlocked version?

    • Simzen

      Won't ever happen. It's a bummer.

      • TeddyNYC

        That would suck. I noticed on a video that the blue peashooter (which freezes & slows zombies down) may be a plant you have to buy. That plant saved my tail many times. I just want to get all plants, game modes, new worlds, etc. with one purchase. Well, maybe with the new worlds, perhaps after 5 worlds, you would have to pay for the next 5, but everything else would be included in initial purchase price.

    • themostunclean

      Sure, for $99 you can buy the biggest "chest of gems" they have.

      Really a shame. I could play the first for hours but freemium is awful (except for NimbleBit).

      • TeddyNYC

        I wonder if they'll do this "free" crap on Steam, PSN and Xbox Live?

  • gjgustav

    Really hoping it's to rip out the freemium BS. I'll pay $10 or more for the game, if I get all of it.

  • MEdwards0129

    I guess they don't really have this whole time travel thing down after all

  • Zeldaniac

    I really wish this had been disappointing news.

  • PureRumble

    It would be a very good thing if they kept delaying it indefinitely, because we would finally have a delayed game with a name ("its about time") that beats the immortal legend "duke nukem forever"

    • ImJPaul

      I wish it did take forever. Such a bad game. Haha

  • gadgetfreaksta

    Ahahahahahaha

  • patrickw1995

    Damn, first I thought it said 18th of June, then I re-read to notice that it says 18th of July and now this, I want this game already

  • Peter Bohanna

    any one know if this sequel will inc. the mini games from original? they were best part of game

    • TeddyNYC

      I heard they will, but there's a possibility that you'll have to pay for them.

      • Peter Bohanna

        in original it took forever to unlock them all but i rather do that than pay real money to unlock them

  • Silverfist

    Game's not even out yet, and there's ALREADY a time sink? Dag.

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  • Andy C83

    What's the game called again? ^_^

    • TeddyNYC

      Plants vs. IAP

      • B30

        Timer vs. IAP

      • evilsearch

        iAP VS IAP

      • Zeldaniac

        You vs IAP

  • mudads

    Get rid of the free to play model. Please!!!

    • TeddyNYC

      I agree 100 percent. Most people rather pay and play, not play, pay, play, pay, play, pay...

  • B30

    As far as I'm concerned, they can cancel this game, I don't need this EA freemium cash grab timer (cr)app.

  • echo_pdx

    I know I'm setting myself up for disappointment here, but count me among those hoping against hope this means they're killing the freemium. I'd pay a premium price to skip freemium scams.

    Please, EA. The Popcap brand should be worth more than this to you.

  • Jake7905

    It's such a shame EA decided to go with the freemium model for PvZ 2, effectively killing off the franchise. It's hard to even count it as a sequel when the pay-to-win model changes a game's mechanics so drastically. It's more of a freemium version of PvZ then a sequel.

    So this delay gets filed under "Who Cares?", unless this means EA decided to go back to a premium model. But I just looked out my window, and pigs aren't flying, so "Who Cares"?

  • tech_specialist

    If they need more time to get everything right, they should do so.

  • SmackDatButt

    Boogie2988 "RELEASE THE GAME POPCAP!"

  • AZNn1nJa

    I'm looking forward to this game. Hopefully new plants, zombies, and scenery than PvZ.