Plants vs. Zombies 2 arriving July 18 on iOS

The highly-anticipated sequel to Plants vs. Zombies now has an official release date. Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time will be arriving on July 18 and will only be available on iOS at launch time, although as with the previous title, PopCap will launch the new game on other platforms at a later time.

PopCap Games also released a new trailer for the upcoming games, which shows a CGI'ed look into what to expect come July. In the trailer, we see botanist Crazy Dave again as he looks to fend off cone-wearing zombies with his swarm of peashooters and other projectile-launching plants. We don't see any actual gameplay in the trailer, but it does give us hints as to what to expect.

For example, we see a handful of new plants in the trailer, including a five-way peashooter that we haven't seen before, as well as what looks to be a punching plant of some kind that aims to take on zombies with its leaf fists. There's also a plant that fires boomerangs and comes back to the plant to be used again. Other than that, PopCap says that there will be new worlds to play in, as well as new ways to play.

We also get a look at Crazy Dave's time machine-equipped RV, and from the looks of it, the RV may play a critical role in the game, as the subtitle of the game may hint to the possibility of a time machine component. However, we're merely just speculating at this point and quite sure what to expect in the upcoming sequel. However, we can probably expect in-app purchases to make their way to the series for the first time, as PopCap mentioned that there would be weapon upgrades and such, although they could keep the usual coin system that the original game had, but we'll see.

PopCap also confirmed that Plants vs. Zombies 2 will heading to other platforms after its initial iOS launch. They say that "Plants vs. Zombies has always been a game that we want to bring to everyone...and we will."