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Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare grows microtransactions ahead of PC release

Garden Warfare cross-references the cartoon charm of Plants vs Zombies with CoD, largely successfully.

Plants vs Zombies’ third-person departure has become more like its parent series - and not by merit of a few extra jokes about squash. The new shoot(er) was planted on Xbox One two months ago - but since settling into its pot it’s grown some unexpected new appendages.

EA now allow Garden Warmakers to buy in-game items with real-world money. All of the Sticker Shop upgrade packs previously earned only through play are now also purchasable using a new coin system.

The microtransactions will accomany a slew of upcoming free updates, announced EA, in the vein of the spaghetti western-themed Zomboss Down pack.

“Starting next week, players will be given the option to purchase coins from the Sticker Shop, which allows players the ability to access new packs and character content more quickly - all the same content that can be earned through regular gameplay,” said producer Brian Lindley.

“Now you have the choice to play your way; you can play to get new packs and content via earned coins in the game, or you can purchase coins to get more of the packs and content you want right away.”

It’s an approach made familiar by stores in free-to-play PC games like Planetside 2 - though of course, Garden Warfare isn’t free-to-play.

The multiplayer third-person shooter will be repotted for PC, eventually. Will you find room for it on your sill when it does?

Ta, Eurogamer.

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Hohen Avatar
3 Years ago

Pretty much similar to GW2's model, which is not being criticized for having micropayments: both games are played online only, with dedicated servers for them. Not to mention it's not going pay2win, as many people who hasn't even played are moaning.

I want the PC version, indeed.

Tim Edwards Avatar
3 Years ago

I think GW2's model is one of the fairest I've ever seen.

Jeremy Peel Avatar
3 Years ago

Good example. I think this is the way it's done, if it's going to be done.

Dog Pants Avatar
3 Years ago

The difference is that GW2 is an MMO with huge running costs, and the micropayments replace a subscription. Planetside 2 is also an MMO. This, unless I'm missing something, is a paid-for arena shooter where you can buy upgrades for real money. I don't see the similarity.

I admit that I haven't played it though, so please correct me if any of my assumptions are wrong. I'm basing this on what I'm reading here.

icheyne Avatar
3 Years ago

I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to buying this for my kids, but now I know I'll have to put up with them constantly whining at me to buy things for them in-game.