PopCap's knack for creating "casual" games that hypnotize people into serious, never-blinking patterns of play is most recently seen in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Following a well-received debut on Xbox plantforms, the developer's playful blend of third-person shooting and botanical tower defense is headed to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 this summer.
When it was first announced, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare sounded like a misguided dig for a crowd-pleasing shooter in shallow soil, but some critics ended up liking its vibrant look and distinct approach to multiplayer combat. As the Joystiq review put it, "somewhere within the smoke of an exploding Chili Bean Bomb, a layer of purple goop from a Chomper preparing to consume its next victim, and the toxic haze of a Zombie Stink Cloud, the relentless charm of the franchise has managed to fuse brilliantly with an unlikely genre."
According to EA, the PlayStation 4 version of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will offer 1080p output at 60 frames per second, along with a few exclusive items you can spy above. There's also a PC version set to arrive on June 24th.
Update: Sony planted release dates for the new ports on the PlayStation Blog. Garden Warfare will make its way onto PS4 and PS3 in North America on August 19, mainland Europe on August 21, and the UK & Ireland on August 22.