Pea-shooting plant fans rejoice: Plants vs. Zombies sequel coming in July

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While we don’t have many more details about the sequel to Plants vs. Zombies, PopCap did just release a new video on YouTube featuring several people from all ages begging the company to release Plants vs Zombies 2, including Microsoft’s “Major Nelson” Larry Hryb.

“It’s about time,” the video states.

PopCap also offered a more concrete release date of July 2013 for the sequel, which was originally planned to arrive right about now.

The massively successful game was originally released for PC and Mac in 2009, is available across a variety of devices and platforms. Players use pea-shooting plants and other garden-related defenses to protect a home from an advancing wave of the undead.

The game was created by PopCap game designer George Fan. On the GeekWire podcast and radio show last year, PopCap co-founder John Vechey told the story behind Fan’s creation of the game.

“He wanted to make a tower-defense style game. First he needed something that was a tower. He was like, OK, what doesn’t move that has some personality? Plants! The second thing was, OK, what could attack the plants? Aliens. So he’s making this game, Plants vs. Aliens, essentially, and he was like, this stupid, these people have come to Earth in spaceships that can travel faster than light. They’ll destroy these plants. He was really bothered by this, because it felt stupid to have a slow-moving alien. Then he was like, what about zombies? And it just sprouted from there.”

Seattle-based PopCap, also known for titles including Bejeweled, Zuma and Peggle, was acquired last year by Electronic Arts for up to $1.3 billionEA recently announced a round of layoffs and the closure of the PopCap Vancouver office. The company wouldn’t comment on possible changes at the Seattle office.

Previously on GeekWire: Calling all zombologists: Plants vs. Zombies trading cards now available