Surprise! Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville available now in paid early access

September 4, 2019
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Let’s be honest, after all the leaks, it’s probably not a surprise to hear there’s a new Garden Warfare-style Plants vs Zombies. Ta-da! Here it is. It’s named Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, and it contains Garden Warfare-y multiplayer modes, a quest-filled free-roaming PVE campaign you can play in single-player or co-op, and a social hub to spend time messing about in.

Battle for Neighborville also has big ambitions to become a long-lived service. It’s a full-priced release (not free) and once you’ve bought it you’ll get seasonal content and regular battle passes (which will be free). It’s also available today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One via a sort of paid early access which makes it a bit cheaper. All that, unless it has now leaked too, is a surprise.

But before we get into the business side, here’s how it looks in action. Garden Warfare players will feel right at home, with 20 character classes available from the off, increased scope for customisation, and the pleasing inclusion of split-screen multiplayer for all modes on console. My favourite character class is the Acorn plant unit, which is able to transform into a tanky tree stump and let other Acorns ride around on top.

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