Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare was a “risk”, admits EA’s Gibeau

Wednesday, 26th June 2013 08:58 GMT By Dave Cook

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is the co-op shooter set in PopCap’s cultivating undead world. It saw a mixed reaction when it was announced during EA’s pre-E3 conference but now we’ve had time to sleep on it, EA’s Frank Gibeau has stated that the publisher will make the right Plants Vs Zombies experience on the right platforms.

Speaking with IGN, Gibeau said of the game’s reveal, “It was a risk. We weren’t sure if people were going to like it or think we were insane. We were very pleased with the response this week. But we will create the right Plants vs. Zombies experience for the right platform.

“We think the sky is the limit on it. We don’t want to over-iterate it. Everything we do in the Plants vs. Zombies universe must be extremely high-quality, PopCap-level quality. We think we’re striking the right balance with the mobile game that’s coming out in a month, and then also experimenting on the console with a different experience later this year.”

While Plants Vs Zombies 2 hits iOS on July 18, Gibeau stressed that he sees EA supporting the game with new updates and content for years to come, and added that both the mobile game and Garden Warfare on Xbox One will have some cross-overs in terms of characters and themes.

“Some of the units that you see in Garden Warfare, some of the plants and zombies, are actually from Plants vs. Zombies 2,” he continued. “The Bonk Choy guy that knocks people out. Some of the new elements are shared. Characters, maybe settings, they’ll share. But from there, they’ll start to branch in potentially different directions.

“When you have the universe, everybody has their favourite plant or their favourite zombie. You saw the disco guy from the first game in there. But yeah, on the mobile device, we’re going to continue to support that with more episodes and more features and more content. We’ll be in the Plants vs. Zombies 2 business for many years.”

What do you think of Garden Warfare? Is it a cheap attempt at riding the shooter wave, or does it look like a lot of fun? Get our initial reveal coverage here then let us know below.



  1. unacomn

    That was a risk?

    You know what a risk is? Making a game about a mother having to smuggle her children across the border in World War 2, that features no usable guns.

    Making a comedic shooter-tower defense game in a franchise that’s more popular than human rights isn’t a risk.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Francis O

    Western Studios

    1. Get some money
    2. Make a shooter

    - The end -

    #2 2 years ago
  3. melonbuster1

    Hot new xbox1 exclusive. .. I really can’t wait for this

    #3 2 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    The risk is whoring themselves out to exclusive platforms.

    I’m one of the PC crowd that bought PvZ, peggle etc in the early days and helped get popcap games as popular as they are today.

    I’m rewarded by having zero games available to me in future releases of the IP, due to greedy moneywhoring shitstained exclusivity contracts. Fuck you very much EA. Hope Xbone fails so hard that you choke on your losses.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Pytox

    @4 will also come to pc lol

    #5 2 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    @5 pvz2 won’t. Currently there’s a rumour but that’s all.. EA parted their cheeks for apple.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    I can’t believe this but I owe the team an apology. Before E3, I said many horrible things because the prospect of a 3rd person shooter PvZ spin-off plus f2p sounded horrible.

    Maybe the game isn’t a classic but what they showed at E3 presser was way, WAY beyond my expectations. I’m actually interested in this thing!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    it was a risk that will backfire, because of the exclusive deal, that i can promise poopcap.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @3 and 4 Garden Warfare is a timed exclusive, it will be coming on the PC and PS4.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. fearmonkey

    This was a game I expected to roll my eyes at, but I thought it looked very good. I’ll be getting it when its on PS4 eventually.

    #10 2 years ago

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