Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Gets Mass Effect Mash-up Character

The sequel to the PvZ shooter is also getting a new multiplayer mode called Backyard Battleground.

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Today during its Gamescom press conference, EA announced a few new game modes for its upcoming shooter, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, and also that the game is getting a mash-up with Mass Effect called Grass Effect.

EA is bringing the Mass Effect franchise into the Garden Warfare universe with a new character, a mech with an N7 assault rifle and Mass Effect armor. It's called Grass Effect, and it's available to players who preorder the game.

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The publisher also unveiled a new mode called Backyard Battleground. This mode is a hub world for the game that allows you to connect with friends and see your achievements and collectibles. In addition, it makes it easier to jump into games together.

Garden Warfare 2 will also have solo and couch co-op modes. EA stated during its conference that one of the most-requested features for a new Garden Warfare game was a way to play alone, so Garden Warfare 2 will have a solo mode.

EA also revealed three new plant classes. Rose is a magical plant that can cast spells that turn zombies into animals. Colonel Corn can call in airstrikes, and there's an orange class that can roll around and strike enemies.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 launches sometime in 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Check back on GameSpot all this week for more news coming from the Gamescom conference.

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