As PopCap makes the final preparations for the arrival of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, the studio has announced plans to host a beta test on the eve of launch across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Designed to give fans an early taste of the eclectic shooter, Garden Warfare 2‘s open beta begins on Thursday, January 14 and runs through until January 18. Available to download across the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live, downloading the beta client will not only lend you the chance to take PopCap’s shooter out for an early spin, but there’s also some additional extras.
Chief among them is the Background Battleground, a hub environment that allows players to hop across different game modes such as the King of the Hill-inspired Flag of Power. In addition, PopCap outlined some of the content we can expect come next week.
Six new playable character classes are available including Rose, Citron, and Kernel Corn on the side of the plants, and Imp, Super Brainz and Captain Deadbeard on the side of the zombies. There will also be select variants including the Grass Effect Z7-Mech for a limited time.
Classic and brand new game modes with 24-player multiplayer battles, including Garden and Graveyards, and the new Herbal Assault featuring plants on the offensive.
Four new immersive and dynamic maps, including the low gravity Moon Base Z, and the snowy Frosty Creek.
Looking beyond next week’s beta test and PopCap is primed to launch Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 23 in North America.