For a mobile title rocking an oddball premise, the Plants vs. Zombies saga certainly has done well for itself. From humble beginnings to the hottest of hot properties, this horticultural homicide sim has spawned numerous sequels, zillions of ports and a cultish level of devotion from fans.
Having conquered the mobile and tablet arena, the shambling franchise is now clawing at the doors of the current and next-gen console space. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, released earlier this year, transformed the series from top-down tower defense title to vibrant, Twitch-integrated shooter.
Now, the successful renovation is receiving a few tweaks and adjustments of its very own, courtesy of the new ‘Zomboss Down’ DLC. Styled after the Old West theme, this rootin’- tootin’ add-on features plenty of fresh content at no additional cost, with players set to receive two new maps — ‘Cactus Canyon Gardens’ and ‘Graveyards’ — as well as 200 supplementary items (i.e. tattoos, beards, skins etc) and 8 playable characters. These new avatars will include an ‘Archeologist Zombie,’ ‘Wrestling Star Zombie,’ ‘Law Pea’ and ‘Sun Pharaoh.’
The update, which is set to go live later today, will also raise the game’s current level cap from lvl. 20 to 30, and include a swathe of new challenges to keep its green-fingered gamers playing. To check out the title’s latest trailer, featuring the ‘Zomboss Down’ content hit the link above.
Considering PopCap could have just as easily charged for this much content, the decision to release ‘Zomboss’ as a free addition speaks not only to the generosity of the company, but also to their business savvy, especially since some knocked the game for its limited amount of on-disc content. A cowboy-themed pack isn’t likely to spark a wild spending spree among converts, though the promise of free content could be just the ticket to swing undecided gamers towards a purchase of the vanilla title, or at least keep players logging in and playing online.
What do you think? Are you enjoying Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare? What other themes should developer PopCap explore with future updates? Are there any other household names in the mobile market who could do with a home console reinvention? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to keep up with all of the latest Electronic Arts news, right here on Game Rant.
The ‘Zomboss Down‘ DLC is now available to download, completely free of charge. Gamers will require a copy of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare in order to receive access to the fresh content.
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Sources: PopCap, EA