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.