Plants vs. Zombies 2 global launch delayed, but here’s how you can download it right now

pvz 2 iosPopCap’s sequel to the wildly popular gaming title Plants vs. Zombies has been delayed from its planned launch date of July 18 to extensively test the backend that’ll support progress sync across multiple devices. The testing phase will also be use to tweak the game’s free-to-play pricing model.

As a part of this testing phase, a soft launch of the game has been done in New Zealand and Australia. Polygon reports:

For the next few weeks, PopCap plans to test the foundations of Plants vs. Zombies 2, including its back end server capacity, cloud saving system and monetization structure.

So why were New Zealand and Australia selected as the region to test the game as opposed to U.S. or Europe? Here’s what PopCap’s senior producer Allen Murray said:

“We didn’t want to launch in a large region, but we wanted to work in a region that had similar economic behavior [as North America]. While the more players you have the better, our major reason for keeping the testing pool small was because we don’t know our backend stability yet.”

While a delay in the scheduled launch can be annoying for ardent fans of the game, it’s important that PopCap goes through the required load testing to ensure that gamers don’t face server issues after launch, like SimCity did. PopCap notes that developing a backend along with the game is as difficult as “developing two to three games at once.”

Plants vs. Zombies 2 follows Real Racing, another popular game, in going the freemium way. Though a lot of gamers prefer the conventional payment model, Murray says that all the content in the game can be unlocked with enough skill and time, but to gain quick access players can buy IAPs.

To install PvZ 2, you’ll simply have to create an account on the Australian or New Zealand App Store (can be easily done without a credit card), and then click this link for NZ or this one for AU. The game, sized at 43MB, is a universal binary, and will work on the iPhone and the iPad.

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  • Nobody-SVK

    Any link to *.ipa directly ?

    • trizzcuitt

      i have a ipa link

      • Willies Wonka

        and the IPA link is……..zzzz

  • EVH

    Got it this am. Fun game. Plant Food makes your pea shooters Turbo.

  • Subrath

    To create an account in New Zealand it asks for a valid billing address :/

    • NotAustralian

      I just BS’ed it haha

    • rj

      Guess you can enter a valid NZ address, say for an Apple Store

  • Yurkie

    Cool. I just made a New Zealand one the other day since I just moved here. All sorts of things get tested here because it’s a small country; such as Googles Project Loon.

  • Marley

    It Won’t let me create an account in Australia without a credit card and then seems to recognize the cc as foreign. Besides waiting for global release- any suggestions??

    • rubengaspar

      I got the same problem, doesn’t let me not put a billing address.
      Any kind soul can share an account they created just for this so that we can download it? :D

      • dave

        FIRST sign out your account the pick a free app then they will ask you to create account then you will see the credit card option as “NONE”.. just make sure to pick a FREE APPS FIRST before you create a new account with NZ or AU as country

  • http://wwww.minecraftchannel.net/ Minecraft

    This is a game that I quite like, it’s quite interesting and I will download it on your computer. Playing it is a way you can entertain and exercise are a number of actions as well as rational calculation that and win.

  • BucketHead Zombie

    got it yesterday … almost done with the first Egyptian map .. gonna go to the Old Western map later most probably. Some items requires cash to purchase but u can still finish the game without it (more difficult which i like) … cool cool game ^^

  • Oly245

    Be aware, this will not work on iOS7 yet.

  • Xhtxthxhtxth

    Thanks PopCap, I was so excited for today but I have to wait for a few weeks. GRRR! And there’s no way I’m doing this. I don’t know how to change to the U.S.A. store … Guess I have to wait …

  • irwan

    this is can be play in android tablet?

  • kaching

    does this work on windows 8 pc?

    • Doctorfadd

      Haha.

  • notyou

    droid?

  • http://www.game-rumble.com/ LamiaGR

    Bring it on already!

  • Melissa White

    OMG i live in New Zealand! How do i get this!?!?

  • Terarded

    damn, i like in australia but i dont care for apple products whatsoever. :( no android love?

  • Spam

    Surely you would not be allowed to do this

  • rak0708

    EA update sucks. after the new update the game always crashing on my iphone 4s even on my ipad 3. EA please fix it!

  • Hi

    It’s August 11th where’s the freaking game

  • Hello

    It’s August 12th where’s the freaking game

  • Simio Suazo

    Hello, why the graphics are so ugly? i installed in a iPod touch 4g and iPhone 5 and looks horrible! the ipa are 45mb but when start for first time download a “pack” and “configure the zombies” without any option, any suggestion to get best graphics? Thank you!