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Plants vs. Zombies Battle for Neighborville

The crazy action that is the Plants vs. Zombies franchise continues today with Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. It's essentially Garden Warfare 3 but without the name. The release date is slated for October 18, but thanks to a Founder's Edition, you can actually start playing right now on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

The Founder's Edition is a bit of an odd one. You can play now, but the game still doesn't include all of the content. EA and PopCap says that they are going to be rolling out new parts of the game, including multiplayer modes, free-roam regions, and more over the course of the six weeks leading up to the global release. However, you will still get to play early, you do get exclusive rewards, and your progression will carry over to the "final" release.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Founder's Edition is digital only and retails for $29.99 (USD). It's also a part of Origin Access Premier starting today. This announcement seems to suggest that the Founder's Edition will not be sold at that $29.99 price tag after September 30th. That's because the price will increase by $10 at that point.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is primarily a team-based multiplayer game. There will be a variety of competitive game modes on various maps to play on. However, there are also some free-roam regions that allow players to freely explore and uncover some evils that inhabit each area. These areas are the Town Center, the arid Mount Steep area, and the lush Weirding Woods regions. These areas kind of serve as a story mode type experience.

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At the core of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is the game’s emphasis on thrilling multiplayer gameplay. Players can battle it out with 20 fully customizable character classes, including returning favorites like Peashooter and Chomper, along with some fresh new faces such as Night Cap, a master of the shadows, and the funky disco queen Electric Slide. The character roster also includes a Team Play class for each faction, Oak and Acorn, and Space Cadet. Additionally, players can join forces and kick some grass in split screen couch co-op* and online co-op across every mode, whether it is battling through flourishing free-roam regions or jumping into battle in six different multiplayer modes. The fun doesn't stop there as players can then partake in Festivals after the game’s October launch to unlock new seasonal rewards.

“Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville continues the tradition of sprouting fun between the brain-less and botanicals in our biggest and wackiest shooter yet,” said Rob Davidson, Game Director at PopCap in Vancouver. “With the release of the Founder’s Edition, we’re embarking on a new journey alongside our dedicated community. We designed every week in the lead up to launch to focus on specific modes and different ways to play for us to optimize the game. This is an exciting approach we’re taking as it allows our fans to jump into the game early, earn exclusive rewards, and keep their in-game progression through the launch on October 18.”

Modes and features in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Founder’s Edition are already final, but by giving the biggest fans a chance to come in early, the development team will be able to polish the performance as they play. This will ensure the scaled experience for all players will run at peak levels for launch and beyond, driving towards ensuring the highest quality for Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville.

Additionally, Founding Neighbors will receive exclusive cosmetic rewards for the first four weeks when they log into the game each week. These exclusive rewards include a Fire Defender item set for Snapdragon, Ultimate Champ Star costume for All-Star Zombie, and Pea of Valiance costume for Peashooter.