Seven years in the past, a workforce of roughly 30 builders at EA Vancouver started engaged on a Vegetation vs. Zombies spin-off. Popcap’s unique tower protection sport had already been efficiently reworked into a web-based shooter with Vegetation vs. Zombies: Backyard Warfare in 2014, and apparently EA was open to extra new concepts—on this case, a singleplayer action-adventure with Arkham-style fight during which an adolescent companions with crops to combat undead whereas touring via time.
As IGN reviews (opens in new tab), this intriguingly unusual challenge was canceled via no fault of its personal so the builders may very well be moved to the singleplayer Star Wars action-adventure begun by Visceral, which was itself canceled in 2017.
Character/world artist Tom Bramall, who would go on to work on two additional Vegetation vs. Zombies video games, Backyard Warfare 2 and Battle for Neighborville, shared idea artwork (opens in new tab) for among the canceled sport’s ranges in 2018. As IGN’s sources say, it was codenamed “Undertaking Sizzling Tub” in reference to the film Sizzling Tub Time Machine, and would have featured ranges primarily based on the current day, a pirate island, the wild west, and the far future.
Apparently Undertaking Sizzling Tub’s construction was primarily based on that of the Uncharted video games. That makes it apt the workforce was moved onto the Star Wars challenge headed by Amy Hennig, which was additionally planning to observe an identical “open hall” format. Undertaking Sizzling Tub would inform the story of a teenage boy named Eddie who befriends a Peashooter plant, working collectively after an accident hurls them and the zombies invading Neighborville throughout time. Eddie’s talents can be primarily based on the plant he was accompanied by, with Peashooter’s in a position to present a short-range blast in addition to leaves that function a glider, Sunflower lighting up darkish locations, and Chomper offering a heavy melee assault and grappling hook. Throughout a number of brief sections set within the Center Ages gamers would as an alternative management Eddie’s sister Tessa, who had a time-rewinding energy because of her personal plant pal, Thyme.
It seems like Undertaking Sizzling Tub had all the things going for it, with a 20-minute playable slice, an animated cinematic, and a plan for launch in 2017, all a part of a presentation that was well-received by executives who noticed it in 2016. It was merely a matter of the Star Wars sport being a much bigger deal and extra in want of sources that noticed the Undertaking Sizzling Tub workforce funneled over to assist out. When that too was canceled, the workforce was break up over a number of different tasks throughout EA.
The percentages of EA returning to Undertaking Sizzling Tub appears slim at greatest. Vegetation vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, the third Backyard Warfare sport, stopped being supported a yr after its launch and cell sport Vegetation vs. Zombies 3 has bounced out and in of soft-launch in a restricted variety of territories over the past two years with out ever seeing a world launch.
In the meantime, EA’s curiosity in singleplayer Star Wars action-adventures resulted in Respawn’s Jedi: Fallen Order, which was sufficient of successful to see a sequel greenlit. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is scheduled for a 2023 launch.