Who knew that all you really needed to fight the inevitable zombie apocalypse is a well kept garden filled with a variety of plants and those ever-important sunflowers? It's a survival lesson PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts, taught us with its highly addictive Plants vs Zombies title, and lest you forgot the power a green thumb wields, the developer plans to launch a sequel in the first half of 2013.
It is official; Electronic Arts has purchased PopCap Games for $750 million in cash and stock. You might not know PopCap by name, but they are responsible for making some of the most addictive casual games of the last few years. Their titles include Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle, and Bejeweled.
Some people view Electronic Arts as a place where promising development studios and game franchises go to wither and die. While that has certainly been the case a time or two, don't expect that to happen to PopGames if EA takes control. According to TechCrunch, EA is in "late stage acquisition discussions" with PopCap to acquire the casual game maker for a cool $1 billion, a hefty investment that points to a much bigger purpose than wanting to remove the competition.
Or, if you’re feeling particularly selfish, sign yourself up. See, here’s how it works: if you sign up to receive PopCap’s Passport newsletter, you can then gift a free copy of Peggle Nights "to a friend or relative."
But let’s be honest, here. If your friends are cool, they read Maximum PC. So, of course, they’re thinking, “Hey, I should take advantage of this great deal and use it to show my undying appreciation for my most memorable of pals, [INSERT FRIEND HERE].” Next thing you know, you and your friend who probably owns a cutting-edge PC which he/she put together him/herself using one of many helpful guides are exchanging gifts, only to discover that you’re both gunning for brownie points with the same gift. Awkward!
We don’t want you to have to suffer through 15 excruciating seconds of awkward silence, so -- getting to the point of this whole spiel -– we’re going to diffuse this ticking time bomb by suggesting that you simply send a copy of the game to another one of your own email accounts. Phew. Close one.
This anti-zombie kit came in the mail today, courtesy of PopCap and their latest Plant vs Zombies game. We're not sure if it's going to be effective, but we're definitely curious. The seed has been planted and the tin pot now sits by the window, absorbing the awesome power of the sun. Observe the seed standing guard for the inevitable undead apocalypse after the jump.