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'Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare' micro-transactions coming this week

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden WarfarePhoto courtesy of Electronic Arts, used with permission

The hints were there and it is finally happening this week. “Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare” on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 will have the option to spend real world money on micro-transactions according to a post from the developer Friday.

“[P]layers will be given the option to purchase coins from the Sticker Shop, which allows players the ability to access new packs and character content more quickly – all the same content that can be earned through regular gameplay,” PopCap Games Producer Brian Lindley wrote on EA.com. “Now you have the choice to play your way; you can play to get new packs and content via earned coins in the game, or you can purchase coins to get more of the packs and content you want right away.”

It should be noted that all the micro-transactions will do is allow players to purchase coins which then allow them to purchase various in-game blind sticker packs. There’s no way of knowing what stickers you will receive or what characters. For example, you can purchase a pack that will give you all the stickers you need for a complete character variant but there is now way to know which variant you will receive.

In all, this is probably one of the most harmless forms of micro-transactions as “Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare” has been balanced out enough that there’s little to no advantage with the different character variants. It mostly appears to be a way for PopCap Games to justify the release of free DLC maps, game modes and new stickers.

The “Zomboss Down” DLC was recently released for free and was the second DLC pack for the game. There have also been numerous gameplay balancing tweaks that have resulted in more coin payouts as well. “Garden Warfare” will continue to receive more free content and updates “in the future,” according to Lindley.