Gaming on smartphones may be something of a boom industry, but that doesn’t mean that all developers are falling over themselves to launch on every platform imaginable. Take EA and PopCap’s Plants Vs Zombies 2 as an example – the title had its worldwide launch on Apple’s iOS last month, but so far Android gamers have been left looking over the fence at what their cool neighbors are playing. Yes, Plants Vs Zombies 2 for Android is available to download if you happen to be in China, but that doesn’t really help everyone else now, does it?
Now though, there may be a shard of light at the end of the long and lonely tunnel after sources close to EA’s operations has confirmed that the popular and fast-paced strategy game should be launching worldwide for Google’s Android-powered devices some time in the month of October. That means that anyone owning a Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One, for example, could be planting those sunflowers as soon as the next couple of weeks.
While nobody is saying what the actual release date will be – quite possibly because nobody actually knows yet – the four week launch window of October is certainly more information than we had before this information made its way out of EA. Gamers on both Android and iOS have been left mystified by EA’s decision to launch the title in certain territories ahead of a worldwide release, though the reason is likely related to the server-side load required by Plants Vs Zombies 2 this time around. Still, with a company the size of EA and having the years of online gaming under its belt that it does, we’d have hoped that it would be able to get a few servers running somewhere. Maybe not.
Plants Vs Zombies 2 is a free-to-play title that offers the now obligatory in-app purchases for those that just cannot wait to take their gardening prowess to the next level, and is already proving hugely popular on both iPhone and iPad. The addition of an Android version can only be good for both EA and PopCap’s coffers.
You can download Plants vs. Zombies 2 for iOS from here.