Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Beta starts this week

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Popcap Vancouver, the team behind the upcoming multiplayer shooter, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, announced that there will be a public beta set for January 14th through the 18th. The public multiplayer beta will be set for PS4 and Xbox One, and will be the best way to try out the zany shooter before it’s February release.

“More than 8 million players have experienced the original Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare since it launched in 2014,” said Justin Wiebe, Creative Director,Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 in a press release statement. “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.”

Here is what you can expect to see from the upcoming public beta:

– 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.

– 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.

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is set to release on February 23rd for PC (via Origins), Xbox One and PS4.