Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is multiplayer-only, will launch for $39.99

Garden Warfare, EA Canada's multiplayer shooter take on Plants vs Zombies, was one of our favorite surprises from E3. Apparently, PvZ simply works as a multiplayer shooter.

Powered by Frostbite, the multiplayer shooter is unquestionably one of PopCap's biggest productions ever. Supporting both 24 player multiplayer and 4 player co-op, Garden Warfare will be PopCap's most expensive release ever when it launches. However, creative director Justin Wiebe points out that it will be "relatively inexpensive when compared to other games on the platform."

"PopCap's had really good success around lower to mid-tier priced games," Wiebe told us. So, when Garden Warfare debuts on Xbox One, it will be $39.99 as both a retail and downloadable title. The Xbox 360 and PC versions will be even more affordable, retailing for $29.99. (Presumably, the exclusive content for the Xbox One version justifies the markup in price.)

Garden Warfare can be sold at a discount because the plan is to continue expanding the game after launch. There's also no single-player campaign, as the entire experience is focused on multiplayer. "We definitely want to build on the game once it's launched," Wiebe told us. "We're definitely taking a cue from Plants vs Zombies 2. Using DLC and new content updates, we want to keep players engaged in the long haul."

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC in 2014.