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Plants vs. Zombies 2 Delayed Due to Server Issues

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time, which was announced last summer for a spring 2013 release window, then a July 18 release, has been delayed so that PopCap can continue testing the title. That testing will include a soft launch in Australia and New Zealand.

A soft launch is essentially a launch without any fanfare, so that Australians and New Zealanders can play the game quietly and help PopCap sort the bugs out. PopCap wants to test the back end server capacity, cloud saving system, monetization structure, and the in-app store.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time will follow a free-to-play model, with the core game being free of charge with premium content, like special plants, available for gamers to purchase. It’s a disappointing choice on PopCap’s part, as like many others, I’m sick to death of F2P games that keep rolling out premium content, bleeding you dry. I’m holding out hope that there’s some sort of option that allows you to buy everything for one set price, but with additional content coming down the pipe, I doubt that’s going to be possible.

via Polygon

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