Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Release Date Is Sooner Than Expected

Get the Grass Effect mech by preordering.

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Electronic Arts has announced the release date for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2--and it's earlier than expected. The wacky shooter will arrive on February 23, 2016 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, which is ahead of its previously announced spring 2016 release.

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As was announced before, everyone who preorders Garden Warfare 2 gets the "Grass Effect Z7-Mech" suit, which PopCap created in partnership with Mass Effect creator BioWare. In addition, people who preorder will receive an emoji pack featuring 14 different emojis you can use to spruce up your character.

Check out the gameplay video above to see the Grass Effect mech in action.

Garden Warfare 2 aims to be the "funniest, craziest, most over-the-top shooter yet." The game adds new modes not found in the original such as the 24-player Herbal Assault and the four-player Graveyard Ops co-op mode. It features 12 new maps "bursting with life and humor," as well as six new character classes.

On top of that, Garden Warfare 2 adds 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.

In other Garden Warfare news, EA has announced plans for an "intra-active" Garden Warfare attraction at a North Carolina theme park. For more on the franchise, check out GameSpot's review of the original Garden Warfare.

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