Michael Jackson estate forces PopCap to re-design dancing zombie in PvZ

Wednesday, 28 July 2010 05:52 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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Michael Jackson zombie wanted to be bad. He really, really did.

But instead, he just beat it.

“The Estate of Michael Jackson objected to our use of the ‘dancing zombie’ in PLANTS vs. ZOMBIES based on its view that the zombie too closely resembled Michael Jackson. After receiving this objection, PopCap made a business decision to retire the original ‘dancing zombie’ and replace it with a different ‘dancing zombie’ character for future builds of PLANTS vs.ZOMBIES on all platforms. The phase-out and replacement process is underway,” a PopCap rep told MTV Multiplayer.

The casual games colossus has – so far – stripped dancing zombie of his stylish Jacksonian garb in the iPhone version of PvZ, with plans to “update” all versions of the game accordingly. Gone is the King of PopCap, replaced by a zombie whose style – disco – may actually be deader than he is.

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