EA drops Plants vs. Zombies 2 lawn mower microtransaction tax

EA calls the addition of a fee for lawn mowers a "test," which has now ended.

EA has taken a lot of flak recently for its microtransaction model. First, there was the highly unpopular "lawnmower tax" in Plants vs. Zombies 2, which required players to repurchase any lawnmowers lost in the course of play. Previously lawn mowers would respawn at the start of each new level. Then Peter Molyneux vocally expressed his disdain for the pay-or-wait mechanic in the recently released free-to-play version of Dungeon Keeper.

But EA seems to be listening to the criticism. Today, in addition to partnering with GOG.com to give away the original Dungeon Keeper for free, they also removed the lawnmower payments from PvZ 2.

A representative called the addition of a fee for replacing the lawnmowers a "test."

"We are always testing new features in Plants vs. Zombies 2. The lawnmower feature noted by some players was part of a small-scale test and is now over."

Other changes to Plants vs. Zombies 2, such as the more linear level progression, are still in effect. But we'll be on the lookout for more "tests" that may be conducted in PvZ 2 in the future.

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123 comments
daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

They also increase the cost of abilities and shorten the time you can use them.  Its all bullshit.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

"Just a test to see how the dummys will buying anything from us"

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

Yeah... I wish I could just throw my nickels and my dimes as hard as I can in their faces. E.A. is so freaking greedy.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

What bullshit. They got greedy and thought they could push their luck.Glad to see they realised just how wrong they were.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

A test. As in, "how much crap will people eat before they stop playing our games". Yes that that sounds like EA's version of a valid test.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

They are listening to shit, the only reason they reversed this is because enough people actually took a stand and DIDN'T buy it, therefore not making EA as much money as they had hoped, so they reverse it, big whoop.

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

I'd like to know the demographic of people who actually buy into microtransactions. My colleagues and I certainly haven't purchased any, and we play a lot of F2P mobiles games. I avoid them like the plague.

Pewbert
Pewbert

So EA are nice down to earth people after all. Look how generous they are.

They are not making you pay for a lawnmover in a game. Amazing people.

Techtroll
Techtroll

They will be running their next test on the titanfall sheep

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

EA: "New strategy. Let's rip our customers off and then publicly call them idiots."

zintarr
zintarr

I am so glad I do not have this piece of shit. All this game proves is that there are a lot of stupid people out their.

zyxomma100
zyxomma100

A test? What a coincidence! I'm running a test, too, where I don't support games with simple gameplay elements being sold as microtransactions!


My test is still ongoing, though. I'll probably need a few more decades of data.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

Disgusting trickery, there EA. Really disgusting. The public is not stupid. Nice try though.  

ShinobiMedic
ShinobiMedic

Please don't buy or use EA products -.- For the sake of humanity.

teh_pwnager
teh_pwnager

You can't spell EAt Shit without EA after all. What the hell are we? Lab rats or cows in need of money milking? I want to play games not be part of money making experiments pfff...

picho86
picho86

EA makes me nauseous, they ruin everything they touch. Their conduct reminds me a little bit of mobsters. They destroy everything they touch, piss on everyone, and then give gifts and contribute to charity. Aren't they saints? 

Barighm
Barighm

The test: Can we get away with it?


Molyneaux: F**K YOU!!!!


Results: Nope, I guess not. Next: can we get away with charging people for pressing buttons on their controllers? Unlock the "X" button when playing EA games!

Vexov
Vexov

EA is a real slime, gaming industry is starting to smell too foul

ahpuck
ahpuck

EA, treating their costumers like lab rats. Plants vs Zombies was awesome, but I'll not be playing PvZ 2, not as long as EA keeps insulting their costumers.

tomservo51
tomservo51

If you like your lawn mowers, you can keep your lawn mowers.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

You are always testing to see how stupid the sheep are.

Don't worry, we will always be here to call you on your shit.

outlawoftorn
outlawoftorn

i mean seriously, why is he insulting our intelligence and calling it a test? You test out gameplay mechanics, like increasing the recoil of a gun, or decreasing the amount of health you have. 


It is not a test when you say "Hmmm..let me see what happens if I start charging real money for this in-game item." Results: I make money! wow! I did not expect that!

RossRichard
RossRichard

We should do a 'test' of our own. The 'test' of not buying EA's games anymore. It is the only way they will ever listen.

CnConrad
CnConrad

Free to play just needs to die.

juiceair
juiceair

And yet EA wonders why they were voted worst company.....smh.

EPaul
EPaul

Yea a test.............

tinyname
tinyname

Titanfall: Losing a match?  Need a mech?  $1.99

itmustbepaul
itmustbepaul

It wouldn't have been a "test" if the game continued to get 4 and 5 star reviews.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Yet we all know they'll pull something atrociously disgusting in the next game they release. Forget nickle and diming, EA wants to punch old ladies in the face and steal their handbags.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Microtransactions for lawnmowers... wow EA, just wow.

Martyr77
Martyr77

I don't know who is worse. EA or Microsoft. Both are just terrible companies determined to take the last dime off the idiot masses.

noandno
noandno

EA is like King Midas

except everything they touch turn into a golden turd

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

Despite what the media said upon its release PVZ 2 is a grind and what once had a quirky suburban style and humour, was dumbed down with the addition of time travel, a talking car and more cuddly graphics, clearly an attempt to bastardise the franchise to appeal to kids i.e. the ones more likely to max out mum and dads credit card details on these despicable game taxes, and worthless digital trinkets. F*** you EA F*** you very much ! 

tinyname
tinyname

abso-god-damn-lutlely unacceptable.  This is why we don't purchase from EA people.  Enjoy Titanfail, Xbitches.

picho86
picho86

@RossRichard  I've been conducting this test for a few years now, and the results are very encouraging.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@DamnILoveGames ...and then punch them in the face with their own handbag.   ...and a lawnmower (but they have to wait 4 hours for that).

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@Martyr77 There's no comparison.  Microsoft at least has a division that makes Office software/bloatware, and bulky e-mail servers (that admittedly scale decently).  EA would charge per document/e-mail if they did -- or you can wait 24 hours for each mail to send if you don't want to pay the 34 cents.

noandno
noandno

@Martyr77  at least Micro$oft still has Xbots. EA? Nobody's defending them

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

Exactly. They ruined PvZ completely. The original was a fantastic game and the was an exhausting, greedy chore of a "game".

haze0986
haze0986

@tinyname  you mean enjoy modern warfall because thats exactly what that game is, apparently the creators of cod can only make cod games 

parabol69
parabol69

You already did by referring to people as Xbots, you dumbass