Plants vs. Zombies 2 hits 16 million downloads

PopCap Games' free-to-play mobile game the "biggest mobile game launch in EA history"; players have logged 25 million hours; Far Future update on the way.

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Today during Electronic Arts' Gamescom press briefing, the company announced that its free-to-play mobile game Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been downloaded more than 16 million times since launch on August 15.

This makes the game the "biggest mobile game launch in EA history," according to the company. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is currently available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It will launch on other platforms later.

Day-one downloads of Plants vs. Zombies 2 were nearly double EA's previous mobile record, the company said. The game was number 1 in the App Store in 137 countries, EA said.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 players have logged over 25 million hours in the game so far and have faced over 2 billion zombie waves. Gamers have planted 4 billion plants and generated 11 billion suns, EA added.

EA also announced today an all-new "major" content update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 called "Far Future." No information was provided about when this content will release.

Discussion

45 comments
anujkc
anujkc

i want to download this on my pc how i can do it? please reply

Elann2008
Elann2008

Yes... because PvZ 2 on app store is FREE... derp.

AceBalls
AceBalls

Where's my Android version :(

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

Why the hell does it need a front facing camera?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Plants vs Zombies real edition = Zombies shuffling past plants and neither caring about the existence of the other :P

PJthePlayer2
PJthePlayer2

Not really big news considering the game is FREE.  I downloaded it and it doesn't take long before they have their hands out trying to get you to pay ridiculous prices for add-ons.  Yet another franchise bought by EA and converted into a pay-to-win monstrosity.

pa_amb_tomaquet
pa_amb_tomaquet

Now they're going to nickle and dime the shit out of you. Fuck you EA.

Alpr1010
Alpr1010

Sounds fun, hate ftp business model so they won't get a dime from me.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Wow, that's more far out than Robert Plant.

inso-maniac
inso-maniac

wow just a few days, this should be major news

PStrife
PStrife

Oooh la la, game has been downloaded over 2 million times.  Big whooptie doo.

Why does EA make user numbers into a big deal instead of profits?  EA marketers seem to not get what their job really is.  Who freakling cares about download numbers, how many people are actually sticking around to be nickle and dimed after the F2P swerve is what actually matters.

isheltoe
isheltoe

Shame its currently only on Apple products... those of us who don't want in their walled garden have to wait.  Bring on the Android version.

kevin_42
kevin_42

Holy shit, didn't this come out like a week ago? That's actually unbelievable... I need to get this game, now.

ahmad1080
ahmad1080

I am going to be happy this year

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Holy crap I totally forgot PvZ2 was out!  Downloading on the iPad now....

nigelholden
nigelholden

I played it. The FTP didn't seem that bad, nothing I would buy. Honestly, I think the first game had more charm.

hydn631
hydn631

"It will launch on other platforms later."

Every time I read this, It just makes me sad. And the fact that I cant just pay one price for the whole game...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Oh, so unlike Sim City the servers didn't crash this time now that they need them to process microtransactions?

Fuck off, EA.

Xbox1SinceDay1
Xbox1SinceDay1

I got it on day 1 and i love the game so far. In order to proceed to the next "world" you need to collect so many stars to unlock it OR you can buy it for like 5$. The gameplay is awesome, the challenges are harder and all in all the gameplay itself is more enjoyable.

The only thing i dislike is you can actually buy your way to beat the game. You can buy plants, keys (that unlock doors) and stars (that unlock worlds).

I am thankful though that all of the content (besides premium plants) is available by just playing the game. You can access all levels and worlds, you just cant have certain plants as they are just exclusive to purchasing.

So i hope that this new content will be soon, and free!

*If you guys want a real challenge. Dont buy any exclusive plants, do not use ANY gold for the plant food or the flick/cut/zap abilites. Ive been doing this since the start and it takes alot of strategy. Its almost like the way the game was meant to be played*

Frosty192
Frosty192

Wish PopCap were still their own company and not ran by EA. ugh oh well.

liam82517
liam82517

its free, who wouldnt download a free game just to be nosey at least?

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

"Far Future"? What, DLC to a mobile game?

Falconoffury
Falconoffury

@Alpr1010 I think the business model is fine for this game. One can eventually unlock everything by playing the game. There is no competitive multiplayer, so one can't complain about "pay to win". 

Adavanter
Adavanter

It's a take on tower defense. A bunch of enemies attack in different rows. You decide what plants to place in each row to try and stop the enemies from reaching the other side.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@PStrife 
Marketing thought process is always about numbers going forward, It's not about profit, not really, it IS about numbers. Their job REALLY IS, to care about download numbers. If people aren't downloading it who's fault do you think it is? CORRECT In fact it is the advertisers fault, thus marketers MUST care about numbers. Now why is it important to US. As the general populace we don't actually stray far from the trends. Especially technology, Everyone gets caught up in the Apple Android debates. Everyone wants the newest the bestest the biggest the fastest the most expensive..ist? The point is numbers do in fact matter. To most people if they see numbers like this in such a short amount of time (Especially on one platform) Well the damn game must be worth giving a try right?

joey2010
joey2010

@nigelholden  Exactly. This one is just filled with in app purchases. The art (drawing) is not so good; It feels too light. The game is more complicated with the whole stars-to-advance mess. PvZ is going downhill from here on out - all thanks to EA.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@hydn631 Yea I hate not being  able to spend money on things I get for free...

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@Thanatos2k The game is free, purchasing in game items, perks, etc... Well that's up to you. You can in fact still play free to play games and enjoy them without spending money... Well I can at least.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Xbox1SinceDay1 Yeah i'm going the strategy route.  I won't support buy-to-win strategies.

Instead, if they do a "donate to us" site, I would consider tossing $5 their way.  Because.. there's a difference.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

@Xbox1SinceDay1

"you can actually buy your way to beat the game"

"premium plants" 


I played the previous game and everything was free exept the game it self. can I have this again WITHOUT having the option to buy my way to victory. even if its there it bugs me.


Oh and I don't have a freaking Iphone.

MigGui
MigGui

@RC-Sev, have you ever played any mobile games, at all? they always drop tons of new content as free (or paid) updates, and obviously pvz2 should make use of this to give players new content periodically

liam82517
liam82517

It came out over a month ago.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@x-TwilighT-x @hydn631 Lol, that's totally not what he meant, nice (i.e. awfully bad) attempt at trying to put words in his mouth. 

I'm also very much adverse to games where you can't get 100 % of the game for a one-time payment. I'm a completionist freak, I want to know that I can do everything a game offers, even if I never actually play through all of it.

x-TwilighT-x
x-TwilighT-x

@PixelAddict @Xbox1SinceDay1 If we're speaking realistically, you can in fact buy your way to beat any game. You can in fact buy badges on steam, you can in fact buy trophies, achievements, game characters / accounts, game gold, elite weapons, armor, everything is for sale always. The fact is if you don't want to do the work you never had to. Doing the work, enjoying the game... That's up to you.

liam82517
liam82517

And he wasn't talking about just the Americas, was he?