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'PvZ: Garden Warfare' producer talks differences between Xbox One and Xbox 360

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has some generational differences thanks to the power and features of the Xbox One. (PopCap Games)

Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will be the latest in a series of cross-generational titles when it releases to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 in February. PopCap Games talked about what the next-gen console has to offer compared to the current-gen in an exclusive interview with Examiner.

“Obviously having more power is a big one,” PopCap Producer Brian Lindley said when asked about the biggest differences between the Xbox One and Xbox 360. “It’s amazing; we’ve been working on these current-generation platforms for eight years now. The games look great, but just taking that next leap in terms of resolution and frame rate that you can get with the extra processing power is probably the biggest thing.

“The thing that excites me the most about Xbox One and the new platforms is how a lot of the online and social ecosystem features are building up within the platforms, and not just within the games themselves. Things like the game DVR, the party system, and stuff like that where a lot of games on Xbox 360 and PS3 had to build a lot of that stuff. It’s now coming to life in the platform, as opposed to just individual games and I think that’s the most exciting thing. People can share video of their experiences with a couple clicks,” he continued.

“I worked originally on the Escape franchise for EA, just to digress a minute. We built our own video sharing feature directly into the game, but we had to build all of that ourselves, and now that’s just the kind of thing you get free with these new platforms, which is pretty exciting.”

The extra power of the Xbox One also allows for two exclusive features to the console, local split-screen co-op and the Boss Mode, which is like Battlefield 4's Commander Mode that can be played with a tablet.

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

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