PopCop have shared details about planned premium content and in-app purchases for the upcoming Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time. Digital Spy reports that four plants that will return in the highly-anticipated sequel will require real currency to unlock. The four garden defenders in question, Squash, Jalapeno, Snow Pea & Torchwood, aren’t the only ones to require hard cash either. A new addition, the Power Lily, which spawns a new in-game currency called plant food, will also need your wallet to unlock. All of the aforementioned will be available as standalone purchases as well as bundles containing further enhancements such as a bonus plant slots and additional starting sunlight.
No pricing has been released related to this content in the recently delayed tower-defense-with-a-twist game, but it is heavily rumoured to be around $1 per plant. PopCap maintains that aside from these few exceptions, the majority of the game will be fully playable without diving into players pockets.
The game will launch with three worlds, Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas and Wild West, each with branching paths that can be unlocked with keys that are randomly dropped during play or can be purchased in-app. Each world ends with a Star Gate, unlocked by collecting stars on the previous levels. Currently penciled in for a “late summer” release, the game will initially appear on iOS with other ports following shortly after. Its third-person spin-off, Garden Warfare, is due to blossom in Spring 2014.