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Plants vs. Zombies 2 shambles toward 2013 release

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Get ready for more plants, more zombies, and we can only hope more Crazy Dave.

PopCap Games has announced a sequel to its monster hit Plants vs.Zombies. It's currently planned for a late spring 2013 release.

PopCap is being fairly tight with the details (as it typically is with new games), but promises the game will include "a bevy of new features, settings, and situations." That likely means new kinds of plants and comical undead attackers.

While this is the first official announcement, the news of a sequel to Plants vs. Zombies is hardly surprising. Since its initial release in 2009, the quirky take on the tower defense genre has been tweaked countless times and brought to pretty much every viable gaming platform that's around today.

Fans loved the game, but were starting to get a little frustrated with the constant remakes rather than a true sequel. The announcement could be meant as a way to quell that growing unrest.

Whispers about the game started last month with the announcement of a forthcoming iOS app dubbed "PvZ Presents: Talking Zombatar," which lets fans take photos and videos with a zombie and have him repeat their words in Zombie-ish. Or is that Zombese?

And earlier this month, a rumor popped up that the next PvZ would be a console-based multiplayer shooter. PopCap didn't address those whispers in the formal announcement of the game, but it did feature a quote from one of the game's zombies.

"Spring is crullest curlie ungood time, and plantz grow dull roots," noted an unidentified spokesperson. "So, we are meating you for brainz at yore house. No worry to skedule schedule plan… we're freee anytime. We'll find you."

Not all the news is good at PopCap today, though. 3D Realms co-owner George Broussard, who is normally fairly well tapped into industry happenings, kicked off a new round of speculation about layoffs at the company on Twitter, saying he has heard that a restructuring is about to occur.

EA declined to comment on Broussard's claims.

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