Plants vs. Zombies 2’s official release has been delayed again, but they will be soft launching in New Zealand and Australia today while PopCap tests and polishes the game more. It seems they haven’t finished polishing up their online services. The game is playable offline, but they have extra online features that still need to be worked out, such as cloud saves and sharing accounts across multiple devices. They just want to ensure those features will work properly.
The soft launch also offers them easier access to testing their cash shop prices. Monitoring what players purchase and don’t purchase may give them a better idea of pricing ranges. Their number one goal is to make sure the servers wont die on people. I think it’s a great idea, but I’ve also seen that no matter how much developers and companies try to have their servers prepared, they just never are. Just take a look at what happened to Diablo 3 and Sim City for example. I certainly wish PopCap the best with it though, and appreciate the attempt.
The delay isn’t unwarranted. They’ve already discovered bumps in their systems over the past few months which is why they insisted on it.