Open to everyone on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 public multiplayer beta will run from January 14 to January 18.
Available as a download from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Store starting on January 14, the open beta will include four new maps, six new playable character classes, new game modes, and access to Backyard Battleground, as PopCap detailed:
- Six new playable character classes are available including Rose, Citron, and Kernel Corn on the side of the plants, and Imp, Super Brainz and Captain Deadbeard on the side of the zombies. There will also be select variants including the Grass Effect Z7-Mech for a limited time.
- Classic and brand new game modes with 24-player multiplayer battles, including Garden and Graveyards, and the new Herbal Assault featuring plants on the offensive.
- Four new immersive and dynamic maps, including the low gravity Moon Base Z, and the snowy Frosty Creek.
- Limited access to Backyard Battleground, an all-new dynamic environment that connects you to every map and mode, and brings to life more ways to experience the Plants vs. Zombies universe. As soon as the game starts, players will be immersed in a wild playground full of dynamic events. Take your time exploring, or jump into the action right away with the King of the Hill-inspired mode, Flag of Power. Raise the Flag of Power and do everything you can to prevent the enemy from lowering it; igniting an all-out war where you’ll fight off wave after wave of enemies in a frantic, escalating battle.
You can learn more about the beta on the official website.
After talking about how more than eight million players have experienced the original Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare since 2014, Creative Director Justin Wiebe added:
That level of engagement is incredible, and that’s why we’re so excited for players to jump into the next PvZ adventure with the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 multiplayer beta. This game builds on the crazy fun people loved about the original and adds tons of new ways to play. We can’t wait for people to jump in and start having fun.
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 will be available on on February 23, 2016 in North America and February 25, 2016 in Europe for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.