From today Android users can play Plants vs. Zombies 2, PopCap’s free-to-play tower defense game, around two months after it first released on iOS. PopCap had admitted that it has struggled in the past with bringing its games to other platforms, but they believe they’re now getting the hang of it.
“In terms of the game content itself, and the things that you can buy, [the iOS and Android versions are] at parity. Which is nice for us,” said franchise business director Tony Leamer in an interview with Polygon.
The release gap for the original game between iOS and Android was larger, around fourteen months, and PopCap admits that even then the two versions were very different.
“It took us a while to get caught up — to get [Plants vs. Zombies] caught up — from an Android standpoint to where the iOS build was. In fact, we only got there, like, earlier this year,” said Leamer.
So, the studio is always likely to release on iOS first as it’s familiar with the platform. But Leamer hopes that the shorter gap before the Android version of Plants vs. Zombies 2 will set the bar for what the developer can achieve in the future.
“Going forward, you’ll see much closer parity between [iOS and Android],” Leamer said. Which is good news for Android users.