Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Is “Always Online” On Xbox, Won’t Work Offline At All

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is an upcoming Xbox and PC game, that is being released by EA. It will also feature microtransactions and it seems to focus on multiplayer. Unfortunately, for some strange reasons, the game completely lacks any sort of offline mode, requiring you to connect and sign in to Xbox Live in order to play any of the game modes.

A new video was uploaded recently, which showed the Xbox 360 version of the game. What we can see in this video is that there is almost no option to play this game offline. Even going into the options menu requires us to connect online and sign into Xbox Live. This is a rather strange decision even though it was always touted as a multiplayer shooter, it still has an offline splitscreen mode. The bad news is that this mode is exclusive to the Xbox One, and even if we want to play this mode, we won’t be able to do it offline as this video demonstrates.

Why is the game requiring us to sign into Xbox Live? The obvious answer could be because how the microtransactions might be stored on the service side instead of locally. This would require us to connect online in order to access them. (Update: There are no microtransactions available “at launch” but this doesn’t rule them out completely either.)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is set to launch on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One on 25th February in US and 27th February in EU. It will also release on PC at a later date. There is no news yet about a potential PS3 or PS4 version but PopCap haven’t left this option out of consideration.

Danial Arshad Khan

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