Plants vs. Zombies shooter has no microtransactions at launch, probably doesn't run in 1080p

PopCap producer Brian Lindley says Garden Warfare will "definitely" not have in-game payments at launch, and is coy about resolution.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the upcoming team-based third-person shooter based on the popular strategy franchise, will not feature any microtransactions at all, at least not at release next week for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

"So we're not going to have any microtransactions at all at launch," PopCap Games producer Brian Lindley told GameSpot at a recent press event.

Following the release of Garden Warfare, Lindley explained that PopCap will look at in-game metrics and player feedback to determine how best to move forward. This could include offering in-game payments, but one thing is for sure: microtransactions "definitely" won't be available at launch.

We also quizzed Lindley about Garden Warfare's native resolution and he gave a coy response. "The Xbox One outputs in 1080p," he said. "I will say we're not running at the same resolution as [Battlefield 4]." Battlefield 4 runs in 720p on Xbox One. It was previously confirmed that Garden Warfare on Xbox One runs at 60fps, though.

We've reached out to PopCap for further clarification about Garden Warfare's resolution and received this roundabout response: "On next-gen consoles, players can experience all EA games at 1080p. Some are rendered natively, others are up-scaled by the next-gen hardware systems. Either way, the visuals are stunning and the gameplay is impeccable, regardless of platform."

Garden Warfare is extremely different than past entries in the franchise and fans of the series were probably taken by surprise when it was originally announced. This played right into PopCap's hand, Lindley said.

"I don't know that it does," Lindley said when asked if the Plants vs. Zombies series needed a shooter. "We thought it was a good idea; turns out it's a lot of fun. I think we've proven the concept that it works. This game wasn't needed by anybody, but I think that's the great thing, when you surprise people."

Right now, Garden Warfare is confirmed only for Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. Could the game be released on Sony platforms like the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 someday? There's no plans right now, but Lindley has a never say never attitude.

"We have nothing to announce at this point, but I always caveat that with the comment that we want to get this game in the hands of as many people as possible," he said.

Finally, in the wake of rampant and frustrating SimCity and Battlefield 4 server issues, we asked Lindley what PopCap has done to ensure Garden Warfare's release will go off without a hitch.

"We've tested extensively; a lot of stress testing and...make sure everything is buttoned up and ready for launch as much as possible," he said. "So it really just comes down to preparation. Obviously, we cannot predict what's going to happen once a product is live, but [we've been] very diligent testing and making sure that when we launch, that's as smooth as possible. If there are any bumps we're going to dig into those as soon as possible."

Garden Warfare supports 12v12 competitive multiplayer and runs on the Frostbite 3 game engine, which powers titles like Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals. The game, which launches February 25, will cost $40 on Xbox One and $30 for Xbox 360 and PC. For more on Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Discussion

168 comments
jesterofbass
jesterofbass

I wanna play this because it looks stupid as hell but fun.

This is one game where resolution shouldn't matter at ALL. It's not a 60 dollar AAA title, it's 40 brand new, 30 on other consoles.

I don't care how detailed the drool running down a zombie's chin is. I care about gameplay.

This argument is so ridiculous at this point. I imagine graphic snobs spend their non-gaming time savoring the smell of their own gas. 

camp1301
camp1301

How about all you retards pretend you can tell the difference in 1080p and 720p.

jurk182
jurk182

Sweet news. Hey, yo. No one wants a Plants Vs. Zombies shooter, you retards.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

The world does not need this. Ever.

spagyetti
spagyetti

I don't understand why the resolution of a game is news worthy.  Who gives a leperous donkey's nards whether it's 720 or 1080?


For almost a decade it's never even been mentioned, then next gen comes out and the resolution is the stat we focus on...


GTA 5 is and will be for the foreseeable future better than anything on next gen, what resolution was that game again?

cboye18
cboye18

Sooo it runs on 480p? 

bcoolrob
bcoolrob

The Xbox one and PS4 still hasn't got the POWER if you want to play games in HD or 4K you have to have a gaming PC just saying

JOHN1486
JOHN1486


A game like this and no 1080p? pretty sad. Next gen? really????

deadpen
deadpen

What..... NO 1080p.......WTF how in the hell will I be able to see the MASSIVE detail in the cartoon plants if it isn't displayed in 1080p. I guess I'll just have to imagine the extra leafs.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

If they're not available at launch, then don't bother putting them in, no one will miss them.

eddieham13
eddieham13

"feature micro-transactions" micro-transactions aren't features they're a blight.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Although this resolution thing doesn't bother me at all, I would really give a party if a AAA game was announced to be running at native 1080p on the Xbox One (excluding Forza 5) :P

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Too late pop cop you already destroyed PvZ2 which is the only one we care about. 

demondogx
demondogx

''It probadly doesnt run in 1080p''
Thats bullshit, if the game launches in a few days you are either extremely incompentent if you dont know it jet or you just saying that to protect microsoft


"So we're not going to have any microtransactions at all at launch,"

So you will have at some point then, how many weeks after release ? maybe already in days, hours ?


once again this shows the real PopCap died really quickly after EA bought it.

beuneus12
beuneus12

at launch, that's encouraging

lmfao

jconk
jconk

Looks fun but get a little nervous when it costs $40, which is a good price. I played games in the past were they were not the usual $60 and the game sucked. I hope it's a good well made game.

wookiegr
wookiegr

The first micro-transaction will be the upgrade to next gen graphics.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

I will take  720p and no microtransactions vs 1080p and microtransactions any day of the week. But thats just me.

OminousG
OminousG

Are they seriously trying to make "buy it before we ruin it" a valid sales pitch?  Is this what will become of preorder bonuses? 

Conjuration
Conjuration

Good. PvZ2 was a crooked mess of a rip off. Played it for about 3 hours and never touched it again. Game was built to piss you off and take your money.

Forgive me if I'm a little sceptical about the long run with this one. No dlc "at launch" doesn't mean it isn't coming.

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

this game looks fun , i might actually get it :D


FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

Hey GS we know that the games won't run on XBONE in 1080p. that's nothing new....


now if you told us about a game running on 1080p.....THAT would be news

StHapns247
StHapns247

Plants vs. Zombies shooter that is not Titanfall has no microtransactions at launch, probably doesn't run in 1080p

Headline fixed.

Xvault77
Xvault77

For the folks stating that resolution and such does not matter. It does. To a point. Most of us bought a next gen game system for next gen features, graphics, frames per second, resolution and features. There is little to no excuse to not expect better and very capable expectations.

Sylonious
Sylonious

@jurk182 - Yeah, it didn't seem interesting to me either. Maybe if the engine was bleeding edge, but the Xbox One version isn't even 1080p.

bcoolrob
bcoolrob

@JOHN1486 The Xbox one and PS4 still hasn't got the POWER if you want to play games in HD or 4K you have to have a gaming PC just saying

kingfish1984
kingfish1984

@Navardo95 Down the road most in-house developed games for both machines will probably be 1080p/60fps.  The reason most 3rd parties run better on PS4 is because it is a little more powerful and they are being designed to optimize that machine.  But notice right out of the gate we got Forza 5 at 60fps/1080p, because it was built from the ground up for Xbone.

pharoe777
pharoe777

@demondogx You've done nothing but quote gamespot, popcap didn't say "it probably doesn't run in 1080p", gamespot did.  Also, new games rarely have dlc at launch, and get introduced over time.  Stop going on a random rampage.

deathstream
deathstream

@Conjuration  


You can buy everything for just a little more than the first one cost and you could finish the game without spending a dime.  

Trev9421
Trev9421

I have PvZ2 on my phone. What's so wrong with it?

Blazen702
Blazen702

Are you really that regarded. Take your fanboy dunce cap off. Forza is native 1080p 60fps. Resolution has nothing to do with the X1. It's on the developers and how well they can program for esram. Get your head out if Sonys ass.

deathstream
deathstream

@Xvault77  


No, we bought next gen systems for features, graphics, frame rate and more features.  You couldn't tell a 900p upscaled game from a native 1080p if you saw them individually.  The XB1 is vastly more powerful than last gen systems.  It is less powerful than the PS4, but if there are two, one will be more powerful.  That doesn't make the slightly less powerful weak- just like the PS4's phenomenal sales don't make the XB1's fantastic sales bad (as many have claimed).

Saidrex
Saidrex

@Xvault77 true, if it's next gen then there should be significant improvement, otherwise why pay again for console with same capabilities.

bcoolrob
bcoolrob

@thedarkoil Not all of the ps4 games run at 1080p a lot of the games are just Up scaled

eddieham13
eddieham13

@deathstream @eddieham13  My apologies, I mean "a blight on the gaming industry".

Navardo95
Navardo95

@kingfish1984 @Navardo95  I don't think so mate...but I believe 1080p/rock-solid 30fps will be what we will be getting out of the machines..just take a look back at the launch of PS3 and Xbox 360..for instance Perfect Dark Zero and Resistance 1..they were considered "cutting-edge" in terms of the visual department but as years passed by we got Uncharted 2,God Of War 3,Last Of Us etc. which one would wonder if its even running on the same system and its barely been 3 months since the PS4 was released and we already have games that look marvelous..eg:- Killzone Shadow Fall,inFAMOUS:Second Son etc.

The thought what devs would do with these machines in the following years is almost excitingly scary..

Although yes there is one thing I can pretty much guarantee that 1080p/60fps won't be the standard of these machines but this much is also true that we'll be seeing a lot more 60fps games on the system as compared to last-gen.

kiefblade
kiefblade

@Blazen702  Yeah, but they had to make severe cuts to the content of the game to get in running at that. Fixed lighting source, only one time of day to race in, etc. Look how great these fully rendered crowds look. /s http://i.imgur.com/cssuYeS.png

Navardo95
Navardo95

@Blazen702  Actually its YOU who needs to get your head out of your ass,mate! I do however agree that people make way too big of a deal with the resolution thing on the Xbox.

But there is one thing,what FULGOREY2K said might sound harsh to you but as much as harsh as it sounds,its also the truth..hating on him won't really change the truth,sorry. The ratio of Xbox titles running at 1080p to the Xbox titles running below 1080p is 1:10 (being generous).

And also if you think with an open mind,it is a lot easier to name the Xbox one titles that are NOT running at 1080p compared to the ones that are running at a native 1080p resolution.

Xvault77
Xvault77

@deathstream @Xvault77  It has been proven time and time again, yes there is a difference. A huge one? maybe not major but still a noticeable difference. To each their own but personally would I pay $100 more for less power and geared towards multi media anot not more so on the games. Not at all. I would find that a slap in the face. I don't remember hoping I could Skype on my next gen system or watch cable tv on it. I could care less and most gamers do care less as it has reflected thus far. 

Sam_021
Sam_021

@Navardo95  It will or I at least won't buy a game that can't run at 60fps. 720 60 fps upscaled to 1080P will be the future for PS4. Xbone will end up upscaling 480P to 720P and 60 fps.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@deathstream @Navardo95  We are talking about AAA-games here and not indie games....

Sorry but currently its extremely difficult for the Xbone to even output 1080p/30fps and Forza 5 is currently the only AAA game that runs at 1080p/60fps but even then it was painful for the devs to maintain their promise and it suffered an enormous graphics drop as compared to the E3 Build..

deathstream
deathstream

@Navardo95  You are simply wrong.  Dead wrong.  XB1 has more 1080p titles than 720p titles.