Raise your hand if you live in Australia or New Zealand! Now take that hand and go download Plants vs. Zombies 2, PopCap's sequel to the 2009 defense game Plants vs. Zombies! The studio has just launched the iOS version in the above countries to test out all the new systems and features. Think of it as a trial run to make sure everything works behind the scenes, as well as a chance to get some feedback on the changes to the gameplay structure.
When Plants vs. Zombies 2 launches to the rest of the world it will be a free download for iPhone, IPod Touch and iPad devices, though there will be ample opportunities to buy upgrades through in-app purchases. The game was originally scheduled to launch July 18th, but PopCap announced it would push back the release to sometime "later in the summer". There's a joke in there about how the only people playing it now are in the middle of their winter season, but we haven't had enough coffee to think of it just yet.
We're eager to hear what folks in the southern hemisphere think of the game so far. Sound off in the comments and let us know how your Plants vs. Zombies 2 time is progressing!
Read more about the soft launch on PopCap's blog.