Electronic Arts revealed that Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville: Complete Edition is coming to the Nintendo Switch this coming March 19, 2021. This marks the first-ever game on the Switch that was developed using EA’s Frostbite Engine, and also the first Plants vs. Zombies game on a Nintendo console since the Nintendo DSiWare port of the original game ten years ago.
What Is Plant vs. Zombies?
Plants vs. Zombies was a runaway hit in 2009, being is a tower defense game originally published by PopCap Games for both PC and Mac. It garnered critical acclaim and was ported to almost every gaming device at that time, including the now-dead platforms Windows Phones and the Blackberry OS.
Two direct sequels of the game were released: Plants vs. Zombies 2 in 2013 and Plants vs. Zombies 3 in 2020 in a “soft-launch” state in select territories. Plants vs. Zombies 3 was met with criticism thanks to its change of orientation from landscape to portrait, drastic revision of a core gameplay mechanic, and a shift from 2D to 3D in its art direction. While the original Plants vs. Zombies game is a one-time purchase game, Plants vs. Zombies 2 and Plants vs. Zombies 3 also had in-app purchases. Plants vs. Zombies 3 ended its soft-launch on November 18, 2020, and was removed from the stores. There are no further details on when it will come back as a full release.
Plants vs. Zombies also took different directions in terms of genre. There are third-person shooters of Plants vs. Zombies, with Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville being one of them. Plants vs. Zombies also had a digital card-collectible game in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes and a short-lived tower defense/base builder hybrid Facebook game in Plants vs. Zombies Adventure.
What Is Plants vs. Zombies Battle for Neighborville?
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is actually the third game of the third-person shooter spin-off of Plants vs. Zombies. The first two were the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare titles. They were well received for their great gameplay and for successfully translating the charm of tower defense games’ characters into a third-person team shooter. Game modes include a team deathmatch and the Battlefield-inspired Turf Takeover which has similar objective-based gameplay with Battlefield’s Rush modes.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville retains the core gameplay of the two Garden Warfare games and significantly expanded the roster, gameplay, and game modes. It was released on October 18, 2019, on PC, the PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The PC version lacks the split-screen local multiplayer feature.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville: Complete Edition Details
EA confirmed that the Switch version of the game is the Complete Edition which will have split-screen local multiplayer in all modes, offline play, motion controls, and all the content that was launched post-release on other platforms including every cosmetic added into the game. These cosmetics are unlockable in-game with no need for microtransactions or premium game currency. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville: Complete Edition will cost $39.99.