Plants vs. Zombies 2 crosses 16 million downloads, becomes EA’s biggest mobile launch

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Last week, Electronic Arts and PopCap released Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time to a worldwide audience on iPhone and iPad. In the short time since, the game has become the No. 1 mobile game launch in EA’s history. Downloaded over 16 million times, the free-to-play sequel to the original Plants vs. Zombies has rocketed to the No. 1 position on App Store charts around the world.

Day One downloads of Plants vs. Zombies 2 nearly doubled EA’s previous Day One record for a mobile title, with the game taking the No. 1 spot in 137 countries throughout the last week.

So far, players have generated over 11 billion suns, slayed over 2 billion zombie waves, planted over 4 billion plants, and have played the game for over 25 million hours combined.

“We are grateful and delighted with the incredible reception Plants vs. Zombies 2 has received from consumers around the globe,” said Tony Leamer, Franchise Business Director for Plants vs. Zombies, in a company statement. “We certainly had high hopes for the game, but to see fans playing the game so quickly and in such huge numbers is truly amazing.”

Plants vs. Zombies 2 takes players through multiple eras throughout time, challenging them with defeating a variety of new and classic zombies on the deck of a pirate ship, in ancient Egypt and more.

Inside Mobile Apps recently had a chance to chat with game designers David Paul and Jeremy Vanhoozer about the game, and what it means for PopCap to bring the series to a free-to-play format. You can check out the full interview here on IMA.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time is now available on iPhone and iPad, and will come to other platforms in the future. You can follow its progress on AppData, our tracking service for mobile and social apps and developers.