PopCap is hard at work porting its hugely successful game Plants vs. Zombies to Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms. The app is a big iPhone hit, and is already available on several gaming consoles, but it’s yet to spread to the remainder of the smartphone market. We heard earlier this month that the Android version would be out sometime before the end of June. It turns out that the wait won’t be nearly so long, with the app set to launch on May 31, exclusively with Amazon’s Appstore.
According to Pocketgamer, Plants vs. Zombies will sell for $2.99, but early birds will be able to download the game on launch day, free of charge. This mirrors the kind of pricing strategy used for other notable Appstore exclusives, like Angry Birds Rio. The combination of exclusivity and free download windows is shaping up to be a big part of Amazon’s efforts to gain some traction in an Android Market-dominated field. There’s no word yet on how long this exclusive period might last before the app is available elsewhere; a week or two seems like a safe bet, based on past experience.
While Plants vs. Zombies won’t be around until the end of the month, PopCap is launching Chuzzle for Android tomorrow, also an Appstore exclusive.