EA adds microtransactions to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare next week

You can now purchase in-game currency for faster access to new packs and character content.

As we’ve long expected, Microtransactions will be added to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare next week, Electronic Arts has announced.

According to a post on EA’s website from Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Producer Brian Lindley, starting next week, players will be given the option to purchase coins from the Sticker Shop, which allows players the ability to access new packs and character content more quickly. The same content can be earned through regular gameplay, but now you can pay for a shortcut.

“Now you have the choice to play your way,” Lindley said. “You can play to get new packs and content via earned coins in the game, or you can purchase coins to get more of the packs and content you want right away.”

Lindley previously said that Garder Warfare wouldn't feature microtransactions at launch, and it didn’t, but he never ruled out the possibility of adding it later.

Garden Warfare’s packs contain randomized items, so you’re likely to buy a lot of them before you get any one particular item you want. As GameSpot editor Carolyn Petit wrote back in February, it seems like this system was designed with in-app purchases in mind all along:

“The potential for player disappointment and frustration in this randomized system is significant, and it seems to me that the developers of the game must have been aware of it, and could easily have designed around it. Which makes me suspect that maybe they didn't want to design around it. Maybe they want you to get a little frustrated. Why? So that you can alleviate those frustrations by spending a little money, once microtransactions are introduced.”

On the other hand, developer PopCap is at least being generous in other ways, releasing the game’s DLC for free.

For more on Garden Warfare, check out GameSpot’s review.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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204 comments
dangerkitty2206
dangerkitty2206

I'm not a fan of micro transactions in retail games. That being said, as far as I understand the card sets for this game are mostly for cosmetic purposes--unlocking different variants of the plants, outfits for them, etc. There is also the inclusion of cards used for the mode where you go for rounds against zombies, and I can see why that might be a bit annoying on principle... But if you're playing that you are working with allies against the PC, not against other players. Further, it seems like playing, earning coins, and unlocking all the goodies is where this game's replay value would stem from. Since the micro transactions cannot / will not ensure that I get, say, a specific piece I need for the sticker book...? It would be economically stupid to use real world money; little better than gambling. 


Will I play the game? Sure. Will I pay for extra crap? Nope. Unless they somehow altered the formula used to decide whether people earn coins / how many coins people earn, I would rather play the game as initially intended. If they have done something to muck this up, the game will get traded in. I do want to buy it, try it, and reach my own conclusion though. 

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Am I the only one who wants a Gaming Industry CRASH to happen??

Every developers/punlisher & I do mean EVERY developer/publisher stands to learn a valuable lesson from a crash; even if it's something they already know.

anvilone
anvilone moderator

Honestly, this didn't bother me. It's a very fun game and microtransactions won't ruin it in the slightest. Being able to buy sticker packs isn't game-breaking/game-winning.

The usual complaint around here is paid DLC, which this game doesn't have. If you're complaining about this too, it sounds like you'd complain about having to pay for any good or service.

RadPro
RadPro

It's like paying for cheat codes.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

I was going to saw that I called this but I think we all knew this game was going to get microtransactions.

mattrick_rises
mattrick_rises

EA is the best developer and publisher ever, I can only hope they work almost exclusively with Microsoft at some point. I can understand people are upset with this, but you have to deal with it right now.


XB1M13

svaubel
svaubel

Well that killed my interest in it, now that it is pay to win.


Redsyrup
Redsyrup

As a hardcore PC/PS3/Wii U/ 3DS player I have to say I'm soo glad games like these aren't targeted at me.

Alekxander
Alekxander

Oooooh...and that game was somewhat enjoyable without a bunch of "BUY NOW" icons popping up all over the menus. Ah well, my roommate and I had already stopped playing the game, no skin off our backs.

grenadehh
grenadehh

And I now won't be buying this.

dragoonmike
dragoonmike

not like it's a shock its king of freaking micro transactions EA they do this with damn near every game they release now.

xcollector
xcollector

Get use to it. You voted with your wallets. They kept releasing micro transactions and many kept buying. If they lost sales because of this crap they would have stopped. Instead they are stronger than ever.

deathstream
deathstream

Doing it 2 months later isn't so bad.  It gives new players a way to catch up more quickly.  This is, of course, only true IF they don't slow down the progression when they turn the MTs on.

zeek_fox
zeek_fox

And this is why the original Plants vs Zombies is still the best in the series.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

Im not touching microtransactions. It can take a while to get all the items but the game is great fun and I actually enjoy the process of slowly unlocking everything, gives the game a lot of replay value.

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

nnnooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo DAMN YOU EA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANGRYWOLF
ANGRYWOLF

Expect  paid multiplayer and perhaps microtransactions in DAI and the new ME4.

EA is all about money and players shouldn't be surprised.


deadpeasant
deadpeasant

“The potential for player disappointment and frustration in this randomized system is significant, and it seems to me that the developers of the game must have been aware of it, and could easily have designed around it. Which makes me suspect that maybe they didn't want to design around it. Maybe they want you to get a little frustrated. Why? So that you can alleviate those frustrations by spending a little money, once microtransactions are introduced.”


How disgraceful is it that game developers now design a game with the intent of making you frustrated while playing it? This is a perfect example of how F2P ruins a gaming experience. If the game is paid for up front then everything in the game can be designed to be as enjoyable as possible. But if there is no payment up front then the game is designed to draw money out of people at some point.

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

EAs asshole widens with every microtransaction they unleash into the world.

camp1301
camp1301

Not a big deal. In-game coins are easy enough to get by playing.

Dahorsh
Dahorsh

Did someone crash a Delorean into an HMC or something? All these broken records are hard to listen to.

diggergig
diggergig

Now I have the choice to play my way.


Hurray.


I WANT TO WIN, I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH IT COSTS, JUST MAKE ME WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

If the game was free to play, I would understand. This game cost money to buy at launch, it doesn't need micro transactions.

prats93
prats93

Is there an Xbone game that doesn't feature microtransactions? Lol.

XxXeroxX
XxXeroxX

Best developer/publisher ever??? Wtf? Are you freakin' retarded or something?? Wake up you clown.

anvilone
anvilone moderator

How is it "pay to win"? The sticker packs aren't any less random.

anvilone
anvilone moderator

Actually, PC release was just announced. Also F2P and PvZ were born on PC. Not to mention, Dust 514 on PS3 was one of the first F2P console games.

anvilone
anvilone moderator

Why? It's a good game regardless. Not full price to begin with.

xantufrog
xantufrog

@Alucard_Prime "replay value" is one of the big things - by needing to unlock stuff you want to invest time and effort into the game. That, to me, is one of the big problems with microtransactions. They aren't always implemented this way, thankfully, but it's pretty lame when they are

tigress666
tigress666

@ANGRYWOLF I don't care they are about money. I care that they try to do so by methods that encourage them to make the game worse cause they make more money by making the game overly grindy/frustrating just to encourage you to pay more to skip the grind.


Oh, and DAI is the only thing that makes me somewhat sad I boycott EA. But, as you said, you'll probably find MT's in it too. I have been finding that whenever I hear something about EA, it's usually something that makes me glad and feel justified in not buying their game (Whew, I avoided that crap!).

tigress666
tigress666

@deadpeasant This is what those of us who have been bitching about MT's have been trying to tell everyone! This is exactly why MTs are bad. It's not that it is greedy or they want more money, it's that with how MTs work (unless you are talking customization only MTs), in pursuit of more money they will make the game less fun!

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Nah, EA is doing the asshole widening...to each and every moron who purchases them.

Dahorsh
Dahorsh

@camp1301 Egg-zact-lay. It's like another layer of icing on an already iced cake. I mean...Maybe it's a layer of Nutella...along with the icing. You don't need it...and some people would rather not have it. You play the game and you earn them crazy fast. I think people (mostly people that aren't currently playing it, don't understand and their mind fills with raging rhinoceroseseses when they see the words MT).

Maybe it's the principle of the thing. Maybe they think it's a personal attack and they think they're being forced to buy and eat Nutella. Maybe they're allergic to hazelnuts? Maybe there's a problem with their knees and they keep kicking themselves in the temples. We may never know the truth.

zandrxi
zandrxi

@diggergig   that's the thing they are different skins with changes to your powers they don't make you better they just give you a different style to play .

tigress666
tigress666

@arrow2thekneeXD And the problem is that it won't just stay with EA if EA shows it works to make money. People don't think other developers don't notice that EA makes money by doing this? Hell, EA learned this from other developers like Zynga!

Ellimem
Ellimem

@Mr_Big_Boss This has been a thing in EA games for a couple years now. Starting with Mass Effect 3.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Dahorsh @camp1301  Actually, if it is as easy to earn coins as you two say it is, it could be the start of the end of Microtransactions. (EA offers them, consumers don't buy them, EA thinks it was just a waste and decides to give up.) However, I can see one other outcome. EA might patch the game to make it harder to earn coins.