EA this week reported its earnings for its third fiscal quarter (October – December 2018), expressing disappointment at its performance and specifically that of Battlefield V. In order to assuage any fears from investors, it revealed several new games that are in the works, including a new Plants vs. Zombies and a new Need for Speed.
“Looking forward, we’re delighted to launch Anthem, our new IP, to grow Apex Legends and related Titanfall experiences, to deliver new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed titles, and to add Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to our sports titles in the fall,” said COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen, in the announcement.
In a subsequent earnings call, the company confirmed the new PvZ game is a shooter, and the official game account tweeted that it’s coming for PC and consoles. That would seemingly all but confirm it’s a new Garden Warfare game.
Last year a retail listing appeared to have leaked Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 3, but no official announcement has been made. In an interview with Edge Magazine (via Xbox Achievements), EA Motive’s Jade Raymond mentioned another PvZ was on its plate, likely assisting PopCap. More recently, though, Raymond left EA Motive altogether, leaving Samantha Ryan (who runs the mobile, BioWare, and Maxis studios) in charge of that studio.
The last PvZ shooter was Garden Warfare 2, released back in 2016. The most recent Need for Speed game was Payback in 2017, which was among our worst-reviewed games of the year of its release. Bear in mind that either or both of these teases could mean mobile games or other spin-offs, not necessarily full-fledged console/PC releases.
Jorgensen’s comment is also the second recent indicator that another Titanfall is still in the works. Respawn’s Vince Zampella said that the studio is working on “more Titanfall for later in the year,” alongside its new game Apex Legends. Apex takes place within the Titanfall universe, but doesn’t use the series’ mech combat or wall-running.