Yesterday's revelation that PopCap would be debuting a new version of Plants vs Zombies exclusively in China was a bit of a surprise to us. Just a day later we're now getting word that PopCap will also be debuting a completely new service in Japan next.
It's long been assumed that PopCap Games was hard at work in their Seatlle-based headquarters on a new Plants vs Zombies game. However, today we found out that the next Plants vs Zombies game is taking a completely unexpected form. Not only will it diverge from its single-player roots, but it will also be debuting exclusively in China.
We just can't seem to keep PopCap out of the news feed today. First there was the heart-warming/wrenching story of the young Make-A-Wish boy who got to make a game with PopCap. Now, PopCap has announced that they have acquired a new game studio called ZipZapPlay that specializes in making social game experiences.
Better grab a box of tissues for this story. Owain Weinert is 9-years-old and has Leukemia, cancer of the white blood cells. When he enrolled in the Make-A-Wish program his wish was to create his very own video game. Today we're getting word that PopCap Games stepped up to fulfill the request and has created Allied Star Police which was designed by Weinert.
You may remember PopCap games as the developer and publisher behind such classics as Peggle, Plants vs. Zombies, and Bejeweled. Today, the company has unveiled its new label 4th & Battery, which will reportedly carry a new, edgier tone than PopCap has previously been known for. They also announced the first game that will debut from the label. It's called Unpleasant Horse, and you play as, drumroll please...an unpleasant horse.