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How 'Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare’s' maps will alter gameplay

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Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 utilizes the same Frostbite 3 game engine that powers Battlefield 4. That means large, dynamic maps for the 24-player multiplayer modes and PopCap Games explained some of the ways that the maps will affect how the third-person shooter is played in an exclusive interview with Examiner.

"[The maps] differ pretty greatly," PopCap Games Producer Brian Lindley told Examiner in an exclusive interview. "I think what we’ve shown a lot in our initial assets is sort of our realization of the backyard suburbia where you play the original PvZ, but obviously realize a 3D environment. That’s just the beginning for us and it gets crazy from there when you look at the variety of our maps.

"So you’ll be fighting in backyards and graveyards, but then we shift that into zany commercial districts with humorous shops and restaurants. One of the craziest looking play maps is actually a coastal town or village with tons of interesting seaside landmarks and lots of interesting gameplay around that. There are things and big set pieces we haven’t shown extensively yet, where the gameplay changes and you get to see our version of Battlefield’s Levolution in some respects. But we’re just having some fun with it, as far as making it PvZ goes."

"The mode will also have an impact as well," Lindley continued. "When you look at our biggest scale mode, Gardens and Graveyards, that’s a mode that requires a lot of teamwork. It’s larger scale so you have to be strategic about choosing your path and your approach to the bases of the plants you’re defending. That mode provides a lot more of a team-based experience.

"When you look at other modes like Team Vanquish and its maps and levels, everything is a little bit more contained and it plays more like an arena style match. The mode’s style is about playing faster, running and gunning. It definitely changes style, a lot of the things we try to do is change verticality, so the coastal level I was describing earlier features a lot of interesting vertical elements. Zombies are fighting down a hill, plants are defending down on the seaside and we’ve got a lot of cool landmarks that provide more vertical gameplay."

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is due out Feb. 18 for the Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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