PopCap’s upcoming Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will forgo having a traditional single-player mode and instead only focus on multiplayer.
In an interview with Shacknews, creative director Justin Wiebe confirmed that Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will only feature multiplayer. Wiebe also revealed the pricing structure that the game will follow.
In addition to being exclusively multiplayer, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will retail for a mid-tier price when it launches. The Xbox 360 and PC versions will retail for $29.99, while the Xbox One edition will retail for $39.99. Presumably the Xbox One version carries a higher cost due to exclusive content being included.
PopCap can get away with charging less for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare due to the fact that they plan to continue to offer content for the game after launch. In a similar strategy to how the company launched Plants vs. Zombies 2, a steady stream of content updates and DLC will hopefully keep players engaged with the title.
I have to say that I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this news. On one hand, I generally don’t like it when companies don’t include a single-player mode in their titles. It strikes me as somewhat lazy and if said game retails for full price, kind of a rip-off. On the other hand, if a game is built for being multiplayer only, it usually means that any included single-player campaign will be average at best. Regardless of what I think though, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will remain a multiplayer only title.
The Frostbite-powered shooter is currently due for release next year on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. We will have more information on the multiplayer and pricing structure of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare as it becomes available.