Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville
|Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville|
Also known as: Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville: Complete Edition
This game has unused areas.
This game has a prototype article
This game has a prerelease article
This game has a notes page
This page is coming along, though there's more that can be added. Namely: leftover assets from Garden Warfare 2 and Battlefield, more unused hats, an unused soldier gesture, unused emojis and statements, and other graphics.
|This article is a work in progress.|
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville is the third installment in the Garden Warfare series (despite the developers saying it isn't.). Despite the name Neighborville (the town mentioned in the PvZ tie-in comics), it's not a comic adaption, but instead a completely original game, featuring 6 new playable classes, a battle pass system called the Prize Map, an improved (and more reasonable) upgrade system for the classes, and an improved story mode.
- 1 Sub-Pages
- 2 Unused Game Modes
- 3 Damage Falloff
- 4 Unused Weapons
- 5 Unused Classes
- 6 Unused Bosses
- 7 Unused Music
- 8 Unused Areas
- 9 Internal Project Name
- 10 Deprecated Settings Menu
- 11 Oddities
| Debugging Material|
Still waiting, Jeff...
| Unused Customizations|
Looks like they didn't plan to end support for this game so soon.
| Unused Graphics|
Scrapped graphics new and old to be found here.
| Unused Upgrades|
The heck is confidence?
Unused Game Modes
There is an unused area in Giddy Park that was supposedly for a golf minigame, judging by the grass tracks and holes. This can be proven more as in the files, Golfer Gnomes exist and also have a weapon used for golfing. We can assume that originally, you were able to play golf as a Gnome.
This unused minigame was basically tag, but with a twist. The player that is it would be a Shooty Gnome. The Shooty Gnome's abilities consist of a primary with large homing, a long warp, an ability where players get stuck in the air for a short amount of time (similar to Imp's Gravity Grenade), and an ability to throw a bomb, dealing 175 damage. The Gnome even has a sprinting animation, suggesting the minigame was almost finished at one point, but was scrapped.
Similar to the Food Fight scavenger hunt, there were three other seasonal events planned during the game's lifespan. The events were Gift Wrap, Snowman Tag, and Breaking Hearts. There are various files in the game defining logic for how the modes would have played out. Currently, the only thing we know about how the missions are played are based on the dialog (Snowman Tag does not have any dialog).
Feastivus - Gift Wrap
The dialog implies that it's similar to Food Fight scavenger hunt in a way where the goal is to collect an amount of items. In this mission, you are assisting a gnome named Gnolines, a gnome who has lost the presents of the Gnomish children. Upon finishing the quest, you are awarded with an unknown amount of Prize Bulbs.
- "Yes yes, it's me, Gnolines, famous gnomish ac-tor. No autographs!"
- "Hold on. You look like a rough character. Can you help me?"
- "See, I'm "between roles," and took an "elf gig," delivering gifts of anvils to Gnomish children for Feastivus."
- "Gnomish kids LOVE anvils!"
- "But I messed up the chimney portal, and the unwrapped anvils are popping up around Giddy Park!"
- "Find them and wrap them! I'll give you a prize--and MAYBE an autograph."
- "You've gotta wrap more anvils, or I'll never act again!"
- "You wrapped all the gifts and saved my acting career! Oh, and Feastivus."
- "King Gnomus himself has offered me the role of King Gnomus himself in his biopic: "King Gnomus, Himself"!"
- "I can't offer you a role, but I can offer you this prize! Exeunt!"
- "You deserve the Gnommey for "Best Supporting Supporter.""
There's also a few additional strings while Anvils are around in Giddy Park.
- "AN ANVIL HAS APPEARED"
- "AN ANVIL NEEDS TO BE WRAPPED"
- "LOCATION OF GIDDY PARK ANVIL GIFT REVEALED"
Valenbrainz - Breaking Hearts
The dialog for this one implies that the player is looking for a certain character as per requested by
- "Are you up for the ValenChallenge?"
- "Did you find my Twin, Valengnome B? He's in Cheesed Mines."
- "TEMP: You heart breaker, you!"
- "TEMP: Hope I can find another job as this one end at the end of the month. TEMP: Acting sure is tough."
Damage falloff is a feature that existed in both Garden Warfare and Garden Warfare 2 as a means of reducing weapon's effectiveness at longer range for balancing purposes, but is almost wholly absent in Battle for Neighborville for unknown reasons, save for the Sunbeam and Scientist's primary weapon.
Two of the unused upgrades present in the game data, Carbine Rounds and Increased Bullet Range, suggest that damage falloff was meant to be added into the game, but was cut during the development, as these upgrades increase the damage falloff start and end distances.
- Hey You: An ability for Acorn that when he turns into Oak, it could show where the Oak is, probably an early name for Invoke Oak.
- Acorn Alternate primary: Acorn has multiple alternate primaries, with most lacking data in the final patch. However one of them remains, it shoots black spiky looking balls at enemies which do massive damage and have a large amount of bullet gravity.
- Astronaut Dock: An ability for Space Cadet that could work similar to Hey You, probably an early name for Station Inflation.
Iceberg Lettuce is another plant from PvZ2 that was going to be added into the game.
Primary: Snowflakes: has 8 ammo, shoots like scientist, and deals 6 damage per pellet. It creates floating ice particles which when a zombie touches them, inflict damage.
Ability #1 Shield Deploy: Places a ice shield that last 15 seconds
Ability #2 Back Dash: When used, Iceberg Lettuce jumps back and drops a frozen chili pepper, which explodes freezing anyone in its radius shortly after.
Ability #3 Snowball: throws a snowball dealing lots of damage. Seemingly cut as it lacks a U_ file and is not used by AI Iceberg Lettuces.
Ability #4 Self heal: Heals Iceberg Lettuce and nearby teammates for a large amount of health.
An unused plant class. It had various weapons and a work-in-progress model, but was cut shortly after it was first data-mined.
Another cut plant class, this time of the Super Bean boss! He was almost fully playable before being cut, with 3 abilities
Ability #1 Cape Twirl: An AoE attack that damages a pushes back zombies nearby Super Bean
Ability #2 Team Shield: A shield that gives Super Bean and all nearby plants shields
Ability #3 Warp: A basic teleport ability.
There are more unused classes mentioned in the code, but not much is known about them other than their internal names and some weapon data.
Several unused bosses are mentions in the game's files.
Super Chili Bean: A scrapped boss from Garden Warfare 2 who was planned to finally appear in this game under the new name 'Mexi-Bean,' but was cut. You'll get your chance one day, big guy.
Captain Smasher: The final boss from the Plant's side of Garden Warfare 2's story mode was planned to appear in this game, but demoted to a regular boss.
Crab Machine: Another unused boss from Garden Warfare 2 who was planned to show up in this game, but went unused again.
Sasquatch: One of the many Boss Hunt bosses from Garden Warfare 2 was planned to appear as a regular boss here, but went unused. I'm starting to see a pattern here...
Chompzilla: Chompzilla from Plants vs. Zombies Heroes! It looks like she was planned to be a Zombie Boss, but was cut. Also the only cut boss to not originate from Garden Warfare 2, used or unused.
The Yeti King: Another Boss Hunt from Garden Warfare 2 who was planned to appear in this game. He was scrapped too, probably because there was already the regular Yeti as a boss.
Gnome King Boss Theme
The Gnome King fight theme from Garden Warfare 2. Most likely to be used in a battle against the Gnome King, which never happens in the game.
Alternate Dreadwood Phase 2 Theme
An alternate version of the Dreadwood boss theme during Phase 2, which is at a slightly lower pitch.
Season 12 Giddy Park
An unused variation of Giddy Park meant for Season 12. It is completely barren, with a lot of objects and details missing.
Internal Project Name
The game's codename is referred to as 'Picnic,' as seen in debugging material and the game's closed beta test.
Deprecated Settings Menu
There exists an unused settings menu which contains remnants of Garden Warfare 2's settings UI. The menu retains most functionality of the current menu.
In the Turf Takeover map, Preserve Pastures, there are two areas hidden out of bounds that were likely used during the map's development.
This first area located right next to the first objective has a nice looking area that houses a handful of the props that gets used within the map. You could make the assumption that the developers were creating a mock-up environment with the resources at their disposal.
The second area looks like it was used for creating props and seeing how they would look in the game.
The pictures above represents an unfinished version of the final objective. It contains a lot of whiteboxing and layout differences than the final product.
Weirding Woods houses a strange Magenta Cube far out of bounds.
The Plants vs. Zombies series
|Windows, Mac OS X||Plants vs. Zombies (Prototypes)|
|Android||Plants vs. Zombies • Plants vs. Zombies 2 • Heroes • Plants vs. Zombies 3 (Demos)|
|iOS||Plants vs. Zombies • Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Use Your Brainz EDU) • Heroes • Plants vs. Zombies 3 (Demos)|
|Adobe Flash||Plants vs. Zombies|
|Nintendo DS, DSiWare||Plants vs. Zombies|
|Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita||Plants vs. Zombies|
|iOS||Great Wall Edition • Plants vs. Zombies 2 • All Stars|
|Android||Great Wall Edition (Dev Build) • Journey to the West • Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Dev Build) • All Stars|
|Android TV||Plants vs. Zombies|
|Windows||Garden Warfare • Garden Warfare 2 • Battle For Neighborville (Closed Alpha)|
|Xbox 360, PlayStation 3||Garden Warfare|
|Xbox One, PlayStation 4||Garden Warfare • Garden Warfare 2 • Battle For Neighborville (Closed Alpha)|
|Nintendo Switch||Battle For Neighborville (Closed Alpha)|