pvz2icon-150x150It feels like we've been waiting for Plants vs. Zombies 2, the sequel to PopCap's ridiculously popular tower defense title, forever. Originally scheduled for release in July, it was officially delayed in late June so that PopCap could ensure it met the high level of expectation from their many fans. We got our hands all over a copy of Plants vs. Zombies 2 at E3 this year, and liked what we saw but still had questions about its freemium pay model. Then early last month the game soft-launched in Australia and New Zealand so PopCap could stress test their servers and tweak other aspects of the game with a smaller-sized audience prior to a worldwide launch.

Since that soft-launch news has been quiet on when the rest of the world would get their hands on Plants vs. Zombies 2, but a Facebook post on PopCap's official page has finally announced that the game will be launching tomorrow. Now, in the world of digital downloads that is the App Store, that could mean "tomorrow" as in later tonight along with the rest of the week's releases or it could legit mean tomorrow and PopCap will be manually "flipping the go live switch" when the clock strikes midnight in their particular time zone, which happens to be PST.

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Either way, it shouldn't be long now until Plants vs. Zombies 2 is officially released worldwide and we can all try it out for ourselves. If you've got the game on your TouchArcade [Free] Watch List then we'll send you an alert when it does hit the US App Store, and in the meantime you can hang out in our forums to pass the time until release. We also took the soft-launch version for a spin in a TA Plays video, so be sure to check that out as well.

  • shdwstar2417

    So will the early launch version be the same as this one ?

    • InkyTheGhost

      I'd be surprised if they made any major changes. My understanding was that the soft launch was largely to do with server stability, because they must be expecting huge numbers when this hits. But, time (and the forum folks) will tell.

      • themostunclean

        There was one minor update just a few days ago. The worldwide version should be identical to what's out there now.

      • InkyTheGhost

        Sweet, I'm looking forward to it.

      • themostunclean

        It's great. IAP is very well done. It felt like a steal since you don't need to spend a cent except for extra plants.

      • rotopenguin

        I also highly approve of IAP. It was horrible to buy a game for a single, knowable price and get all of the content as a result of your transaction. Manipulating your commitment to a game through P2W, pay-to-prevent losing advancement, pay-for-storage etc, is the purest expression of LOVE in the world.

      • themostunclean

        Have you actually played this? Or are is your sarcasm simply as reactionary as it seems?

        I loathe the freemium model but this game offers a ton of content without slamming you with timers, putting up paywalls or limiting content. If there's a "right" way to do free to play, this game has done it.

      • themostunclean

        I should add that I played through the entire game, opened all the gates and unlocked all upgrades for the cost of $0. The in-apps are purely for the super impatient. If you love the original this is a no-brainer.

        Not nearly the disappointment RR3 was...

      • rewyan

        Exactly, the IAP system is extremely fair, almost to the point where it's just completely free. The only thing you can't unlock is 6 of the plants (including the snow pea, sadly) and 4 of the abilities, but I've already beat all of the levels without these. I hate gotten all of the stars, but I'm working on that.

  • RamazAdelphos

    Woooo

  • Living Legend

    It's about time.

  • lux fox

    Cha ching

  • Zeldaniac

    Meh

  • FledgeFish

    I would be super pumped if it weren't for the free to play crap

    • andrew9oh7

      I've almost beat it and the IAP is very fair I haven't spent a cent yet and haven't needed to grind once.the ONLY thing you can't get through playing is the 6(i think it's 6) plants via IAP and they are $3 each

  • ImJPaul

    Oh. Thank God. It's finally here.

    • B30

      This was just sarcasm.

  • HellzHavocz

    Already beat it.

  • jamsie07

    So if you downloaded it off the New Zealand store will this just be an update in your usual store?

    • pmpboarder

      This is my biggest concern. I made a lot of progress on the NZ store version, and I really don't want to start over if it's a different game file on the US store just to get our local updates.

      • themostunclean

        It's different. You need to continue to update through the NZ store if you want to keep your progress.

        The game will notify you in-app of updates though so you don't have to keep switching your store to check.

      • pmpboarder

        First paragraph: that's a bummer.

        Second paragraph: that's a relief.

      • dancj

        That concern was the only reason I never set up a New Zealand account to get the game early.

      • pmpboarder

        Your patience deserves kudos. I just used credentials that some kind soul on this site provided, so I didn't setup an account either.

    • Adan Santos

      The game has iCloud, so I guess the progress should sync :-)

  • Deixa

    This soft launch business is ridiculous. It's a free game anyway with the iAP, no different to any other free game with iAP. "Balance the way the game is" that's why there is a thing called updates. They just want the attention, the spot light, the media so that people will fall into the iAP trap! Anyone who says you don't need to purchase any iAP to progress in this is talking rubbish.

    Maybe you don't have to but I'd rather sit down and watch paint dry than wait for timers or playing the same level over and over and over and over again just to get coins or whatever to help me progress!

    • andrew9oh7

      Umm there is no timers and no need at all to grind.ive almost beat the game so not talking rubbish.not all IAP is bad

    • nini

      No timers, no coins required to progress.

      • Deixa

        Then why is it free with iAP?

      • andrew9oh7

        Because free will always reach more people then paid will.and if you really like the game you can show It by buying a plant or two,which I plan to do when it's released in US store.and lets face it some people will buy IAP because they have more money then time

    • toxiccheese

      You haven't even played it yet. Calm down! If it does cost $20 to unlock everything, then that seems fair for a AAA-title.

  • pheh

    Shut up and take my money!

  • lr1919

    Am I the only person in the world that hates plants vs zombies? Such a boring grind...

    • themostunclean

      There was one other guy. Unfortunately he had a massive rage-stroke when he heard about the sequel and was left with only the use of his right thumb, which apparently he used to like your comment ;)

      • lr1919

        Poor guy :(

  • Jake7905

    Yes, it's freemium, and EA is the man behind the curtain, but I'm looking forward to trying it and hoping for the best. Still, I'd be 100 times more excited about this release if it was a premium game. Like the first one.

  • SEVEN341

    Finally!! I've been chomping at the bit after seeing that TA plays video. Seriously I did not think the wait would be this long. But thankfully the wait is over!

  • rewyan

    I got so excited when I saw this! I (and pretty much everyone else) have been waiting half a month for any news. This is exciting.

    I already have the app because I "live" in NZ, but it'll be nice to see it launch worldwide and if they'll make any last minute changes.

    Lastly, I noticed a bug in the endless-type level in each world (Pyramid of Doom, etc.). After you fail, sometimes the plants in your progression stay with you in the next game, instead of resetting and starting with only four again. So I could start at level 1 and have 20 plants that I unlocked before last time I failed. Just something I noticed.

  • dancj

    Well it's gone 11 in Britain and the game isn't on the App Store yet.

    I'll try again at 11:30.

    And then 12.

    ...

    • themostunclean

      As the article said, Popcap may be releasing at midnight their time which is PST. You may not get it until you're having your morning coffee.

      • dancj

        Damn - and still not there at 12:10.

  • JohnnyJ301

    So far from what I gather, the IAP is being done right for a freemium game but despite this I would have rather paid a premium price to exclude IAP's. There's just something about paying for a game and not having to think about buying content.

  • Superslippy

    I already have PvZ2 and I'm in the USA :P

  • ItouchBrett

    People complaining about a free game. Why interwebs. Why

  • chank

    I have played it & it's lots of fun. That is all. Have a nice day.