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Shacknews - Xav de Matos
The Xbox 360 version of PopCap's adorable tower defense title Plants vs. Zombies will finally see the light of day on September 8, according to IGN UK.

The confirmation comes from an event on August 2--a date many outlets presumed a sequel for the lawn-loving title would be announced.

The new Xbox Live Arcade version of the popular casual title adds a cooperative mode, where two players can fight off a horde of zombies on one lawn. Plants vs. Zombies on XBLA also features a competitive multiplayer mode, putting one player in control of the attacking zombies while the other attempts to hit a series of targets in order to claim victory as the strategic green-thumb.

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Shacknews - Xav de Matos
[Update: 5:50pm] In the comments, Shacknews reader aqtrans points us to the official PopCap Facebook page, where the company revealed all users who have already purchased Plants vs. Zombies on its official website will have their copy of the game upgraded to the GOTY edition for free.

[Original Story] Poised to make an announcement early next week, PopCap Games has quietly released a "Game of the Year" edition of its casual smash-hit Plants vs. Zombies.

On sale now on PopCap's official site, Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year edition is priced at $19.99 and includes the original 2009 hit along with 20 new achievements and the "Zombatar" character creator, which allows players to develop their own lawn-hating zombie aggressors.

Plants vs. Zombies and the new "Zombatar" Character Creator

Although we'd love to have our dream "crazy trucker" zombie don the infamous red leather from Thriller, we somehow doubt that will make it into the character editor.

An Xbox Live Arcade version of the popular tower-defense style game is expected to release in "early September."

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Shacknews - Xav de Matos
One of the most recognizable adversaries in PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies has been sent to the grave, permanently.

PopCap tells MTV Multiplayer the Michael Jackson lookalike in the popular casual title has been removed from the iPhone version due to objections from the late singer's estate.

The "Dancing Zombie" was originally modeled after the King of Pop's famous iconic look in the classic 1983 music video "Thriller." Following the update, the enemy unit now dons generic disco-themed garb. PopCap told MTV the character replacement will alter all previous and future versions of the title:
The Estate of Michael Jackson objected to our use of the 'dancing zombie' in Plants vs. Zombies based on

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Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
[Update: 9:42am] PopCap has now formally announced that it will release Plants vs. Zombies on Xbox Live Arcade this fall, with an "early September" launch "anticipated."

PvZ XBLA "will deliver more game content than any previous iteration of the franchise, boasting seven game modes, including two all-new multiplayer modes, 12 unique achievements and 21 mini-games," says PopCap, and cost 1,200 MS Points ($15).

[Original] The Xbox Live Arcade edition of Plants vs. Zombies will feature at least two forms of multiplayer, according to an achievement listing dug up by Xbox 360 Achievements.

The supposed listing mentions "VS. mode" and "Co-Op Wall-Nut Bowling,"

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