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EA Launches New Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville

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Electronic Arts EA division PopCap recently launched Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. The latest game from the popular shooter franchise is available in stores and for digital download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Origin.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville comes with six online multiplayer modes, including a new Funderdome battling arena where users can fight with 20 customizable character classes.

Additionally, the newly introduced Team Play character class lets four players to battle it out as Oak and Acorn for plants and Space Cadet for Zombies.

Moreover, players can further strategize botanical battles with six newly introduced sprouted faces including Snapdragon and the '80s Action Hero character added to the zombie team.

Further, players can also jump and roam freely in three separate areas namely the Neighborville Town Center, Mount Steep, and Weirding Woods, which offer challenges, an array of cosmetics and a familiar cast of popular characters such as Peashooter, Sunflower, Imp and Mech and Soldier that have returned in the new game.

Players can also use the new social area called Giddy Park to interact, which comes with a target range, amusement park rides, and multiplayer battles.

Monthly events like the upcoming Lawn of Doom Festival have been added for players to win rewards and unlock cosmetics through unique challenges.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is available at $39.99 standard or $49.99 deluxe edition.

Notably, a Founder’s Edition of the game was released for game play from Sep 4 to Oct 17 priced at $29.99 where users could also share feedback with the development team before complete launch.

Electronic Arts Inc. Price and Consensus

Electronic Arts Inc. Price and Consensus

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Solid Product Portfolio to Aid the Top Line

EA has a strong gaming portfolio with a number of blockbuster games and exciting franchises like FIFA, The Sims 4 and Madden NFL.

Additionally, the company is witnessing growth in active player accounts driven by games like FIFA 20, which has struck the right chord with users since its Sep 27 launch on PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One and PC.

Moreover, recently launched NHL 20 and Need for Speed Heat have also strengthened the company’s portfolio.

With upcoming releases such as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, EA’s user engagement is expected to increase in the near term.

Higher engagement level is expected to drive the company’s digital revenues in the near term. The company expects digital net revenues to be $4.175 billion in fiscal 2020.

We believe that EA’s award-winning portfolio of games, exciting content and new releases poise it well for near-term growth.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Electronic Arts currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the broader consumer discretionary sector are Weight Watchers International WW, Sony SNE and Career Education CECO. All these stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Weight Watchers, Sony and Career Education are set to release their earnings reports on Oct 22, Oct 30 and Nov 6, respectively.

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