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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 puts plants on the offensive

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was an immensely successful shooter experiment based on one of EA’s most popular franchises, attracting more than 6 million players across Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC. In Spring 2016, we’ll get the follow-up, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, and this time, the zombies are in control.

With the evil Dr. Zomboss taking control of Suburbia, the Plants are now on the attack for the first time in the series’ history. To defend their captured territory, the Zombies have several brand new character classes, including the small, aggressive Imp, Captain Deadbeard — the Zombies’ only sniper class — and SuperBrainz, a melee bruiser that takes out several Plants at once with a devastating spin attack. Even the smallest characters, however, are capable of very big things, with the gameplay demo at EA’s press conference showing the Imp calling down and climbing into a wind-up mechanical suit with a giant gatling gun.

Related: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare review

EA also stated that cooperative play with Zombies was its most-requested feature following the launch of the original Garden Warfare, which only allowed Plants to fight off waves of Zombie invaders. The new Zombie co-op option, like the original, features “boss” enemies, including the Giga Torchwood, a lumbering (get it?), flaming tree. However the second most-requested feature for the new game was a solo option, and while Garden Warfare 2 won’t include a traditional campaign, the game will allow you to play offline — both alone and in split-screen — with AI allies and enemies across every game mode.

As was the case with Garden Warfare, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will feature free content updates, and you can transfer your characters from the original game into the sequel as soon as it launches in spring of next year. Unlike the original, Garden Warfare 2 will arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC at the same time.