Shacknews - Steve Watts

PopCap is planning on bringing two of its most popular casual games, Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle to Facebook "eventually." The ball got rolling when Games.com noticed a slide at an EA investor meeting that posed the two games under "Success on Facebook" next to planned EA games Risk: Factions and The Sims: Social.

The Escapist reports that PopCap's Garth Chouteau later confirmed the reports, but was hazy on the details. "Sure, they're coming to Facebook eventually," he said. "No timetable available yet, however." The word "eventually" doesn't sound like it will be terribly soon, so you might have to rely on old-fashioned methods of bragging to your friends about your zombie-killing abilities.

The slide calls the future outlook "strong" with these titles in tow, and it's hard to argue with the reasoning. Both PopCap titles have been hits on multiple platforms, and now that they've run their course offering free-to-play Facebook versions is a logical next step. EA is wasting no time putting their acquisition of PopCap to work, and hasn't broken anything yet. Fingers crossed.

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There are strong rumours flying around suggesting that EA are in the late stages of negotiating a deal to buy up PopCap for a massive ONE BILLION dollars. Edge picked up a report from TechCrunch, who have been approached by two unnamed sources who say that Electronic Arts are about to spend 13% of its stock market value to buy up the casual games developer.

PopCap are best known as the professional purveyors of casual gaming crack like Peggle, Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies. PopCap's official response to the rumours was to say that "Per company policy, we do not comment on rumours and speculation of this nature."

Joining EA would be an interesting move for PopCap, given that its founding members left casual game company Pogo to go independent, and Pogo was bought by EA soon afterwards in 2001. In fact, PopCap CEO John Vechey told us that PopCap tried to sell their breakout game, Bejeweled to EA when they were starting out for $60,000. "They said no, thank goodness!" said Vechey.

In the ten years since then, PopCap have gone from strength to strength, and are now an international company with more than 400 employees. You can find out more about how PopCap was founded, and the stories behind their greatest games, like Bejeweled, Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies in our week of features on PopCap.
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Popcap have revealed a "Social Edition" of the superb Plants vs. Zombies. The adaptation was handled by Popcap's Shanghai studio, and is launching on Chinese networking site Renren.com. There's no news of an English translation yet, sadly.

Read on for screens and the details.

The online adaptation lets you create your own personal town which reflects your choice of tactics. There'll be a Rampage mode that supplies a non-stop zombie attack, complete with leaderboards. It sounds as though Popcap are going for a similar vibe to their Facebook/iOS adaptation of Bejewelled Blitz - quick, competitive bursts of play through a browser.

We're intrigued by the weekly challenges, items, and zombies teased by Popcap, but the prospect of an online Zen Garden-esque town that your friends can come and visit is even more exciting. Upsettingly, Popcap have also confirmed that Plants vs. Zombies Social Edition will be exclusive to Renren.com for the time being. Boo to language barriers.








Announcement - Valve
To celebrate the 2 year anniversary, save 66% off Plants vs. Zombies in this week's Midweek Madness!

Owners of Plants vs Zombies also get and get 2 PvZ inspired in-game hats for Team Fortress 2.

Zombies are invading your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of plants! You'll need to think fast and plant faster to stop dozens of types of zombies dead in their tracks.

Offer ends this Thursday at 4pm PST.
Shacknews - Xav de Matos
PopCap's addictive reach has once again emerged on PS3 soil. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment announced it will bring a port of the PC fan-fave Plants vs. Zombies to the PlayStation Network in February.

If you're tired of hearing that cute song, SOE also revealed a slew of original PSN experiences: In March, Fire Hose Games will launch its build and brawl title Slam Bolt Scrappers. Sometime in the "Spring," Playbrains and Fuel Industries will release Sideway--a game set in the art culture of New York.

Also on the horizon is the robo beat 'em up Acceleration of Suguri X Edition from developer Rockin' Android; Akimi Village from NinjaBee, which has players gather resources to save a village from "lingering doom"; Recoil Games is prepping the side-scrolling, space puzzle game dubbed Rochard.

Now that Plants vs. Zombies is on pretty much every platform there is, maybe we can finally get a sequel. Unless the company is currently developing a version that can run on my toaster. In which case, I'll wait.

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Product Update - Valve
Updates to Plants vs Zombies: Game of the Year Edition have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Updates:
  • PC/MAC
    • Updated achievement descriptions
Fixes:
  • MAC
    • Fixed crash on accessing Crazy Dave’s Store.
    • Fixed crash with resuming adventure mode after exiting game on non-gameplay parts of a level.
PC Gamer

PopCap are holding a Thanksgiving winter sale, with all of their games selling for half price. That means a chance to scoop Plants vs Zombies, Peggle and Bejeweled 2 for almost $10 each.

The sale is set to run until November 29th over on the PopCap site. For an insight into inception and development of these games check out our interviews with George Fan on the making of Plants vs. Zombies, and Jason Kapalka on the inception on development of PopCap's most addictive opus, Peggle.

Yeah, we did just call Peggle an opus. Eat it, unicorn haters.
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Plants vs Zombies: Game of the Year Edition have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Bug Fixes
  • Fixes update path case where a user’s profile manager was not being properly uploaded to the Steam Cloud.
  • Game will now restore a user’s profile manager from the existing Steam Cloud data if it was not properly uploaded.
    • (NOTE: Player profile names cannot be restored. All profiles will be created with a generic name. Players can rename the profiles once they are recreated.)
  • Fixed error in not awarding achievements in game when flagged as achieved in Steam.

Additions/Changes
  • Adds local save data backups to the user’s Plants vs. Zombies folder
    • Backups are located at {PvZ Install Folder}\userdata_backup
PC Gamer

Over the weekend we ran a competition to take a screenshot of the coolest Plants vs Zombies garden you'd made, Zen or otherwise, with a massive haul of PvZ swag for the winner. Here are the best gardens we got, starting with the overall winner.

The Plants Vs Zombies award for Coolest Garden goes to:
 

kdfb, for his gorgeous and painstakingly made Marigold Rainbow
 
kdfb says: "It took me several revisions to find a working pattern that would allow me to include them all in order. Most frustrating moment: When my garden was half grown I discovered the cyan plant. Scrapped that pattern, had to start another. After that, I couldn't get too few cyan, and made it one of the longer rows. Happiest moment. Getting the final red marigold, the last piece in the puzzle."

He wins this magnificent maelstrom of plant- and zombie-related loot:


 
Honorable mentions
 

Some excellent sucking up by 747 with his PCG garden.
 

We admire the callous efficiency of kiran255's Money Maker lawn.
 

And the gleeful self-indulgence of SuperZambezi's Monogram garden.
 

And lastly, we love the cruel cleverness of auntydoris's Garlic Draughts.

Thanks to all who entered. We'll be announcing the winner of the Peggle giveaway soon.
PC Gamer

A huge wave of zombie loot is approaching! To round out PopCap week, we'd like to give away a few more awesome prizes. If you like Plants vs Zombies as much as we do, take a screenshot of the coolest or most interesting garden you've made and post it on our forums. Our favourite will win this mega-pack of awesome loot, including one of the best gaming T-shirts ever, a zombie figurine, and a goddamn apron. Here's what else you get.



That haul in full:

Plants vs. Zombies apron

Plants vs. Zombies t-shirt (reads "Ask me about moustache mode")

Plants vs. Zombies XBOX Skin

Plants vs. Zombies iPhone skin

Zombie figurine

Plants vs. Zombies mouse mat

Plants vs. Zombies beverage holder

Plants vs. Zombies PC/MAC game

£30 of iTunes vouchers as both games


What you must do:

Take a screenshot of the coolest or most interesting garden you've made, post it in this thread on our forums, and tell us a bit about what it does or why you built it. If you're signed up to PCGamer.com to comment, you're already signed up to our forums too, and you can upload images there.

Deadline: Any shots posted in that thread before 9AM GMT on Monday the 8th of November are eligible.

Tomorrow we'll have a similar give-away for Peggle fans. If you happen to pull off a particularly good shot between now and then, make sure you save the replay.
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