Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Update Brings the Holiday Spirit

Developer Popcap took to their blog to announce the latest update for their recently released multiplayer shooter, Plants vs. Zombies: Battle fro Neighborville.

The new update brings a bunch of new general fixes, the Holiday spirit and much more! The big addition is the updated Giddy Park location. It will be decked out in Christmas decorations and winter-themed items. However, that will kick off next week on December 2nd. The general update fixes a slew of bugs, weapon tuning for characters, and much more!

Check out the full set of patch notes for Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville down below:

Patch Notes


  • Added an all-new Map: Oozevoir
  • Updated Giddy Park’s loading screen to a winter-themed version
  • Added new Grandmaster Ranks to the game so character levels now go up to 50 (current top rank is 20)
  • Updated the Social Tab to show the Grandmaster Ranks of all players in Giddy Park
  • Updated the Player Rank plates to make them easier to read
  • Moved completed Free-Roam Region Medals to the bottom of the screen
  • Updated the last Weekly Challenges so they now give Rainbow Stars instead of coins
  • Added a Vanquish/Vanquished Ratio to the end-of-round scoreboard for multiplayer games
  • Added new UI icons for Character Perks, including attack, defend, speed, and character-specific perks

Turf Takeover:

  • Decreased capture time for certain objectives
  • Made it easier to hit targets on the final objective in Goopy Gully

Free-Roam Regions:

  • Added new ‘Casual’ setting, reducing the amount of damage players will take when at low health
  • Added a cooldown timer to region Bounty Hunts and Gnome activities

Giddy Park:

  • Added two new Festivals – Feastivus and Snowday
    • New set dressing for each festival with “snow” terrain and visual effects
  • Added three new activities in Giddy Park for Snowday Festival in January – Treasure hunt, Bounty, and Coin capture

Battle Arena:

  • Updated so that the last player standing will now get a spotting and 10% speed increase buff to help them fight the enemy team

Rux’s Emporium:

  • Included the ability for players to now purchase Costumes, Gestures, Emotes, and much more
  • Included the ability for players to purchase Rainbow Stars for use in Rux’s Emporium

Major Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed the Scoreboard so that it can now be viewed when the player is vanquished
  • Adjusted mouse sensitivity options to have a wider range, allowing the user to adjust them to a much finer extent
  • Fixed the heal beam so that it’s no longer canceled when its target sprints 
  • Fixed the issue where players could get a completed challenge after re-rolling 

Controller Settings:

  • Increased max aim acceleration
  • Reduced scale factor (ramp up) for aim acceleration


  • Extended our max value for controller sensitivity
  • Extended our max value for controller aiming sensitivity
  • Extended our max value for controller aim acceleration

Aim Assist:

  • Adjusted assist settings when set to low
  • Adjusted acceleration thresholds
  • Reduced multiplier when facing aim assist targets
  • Reduced aim assist when pushing sticks to extremes
  • Reduced base aim assist area when aiming at a target

PC Controls:

  • Adjusted ranges and step values for mouse sensitivity
  • Adjusted min mouse sensitivity value

Game Modes:

  • Increased disarm time in Gnome Bomb
  • Reduced max time to be revived in Team Vanquish

The third entry in the series, Battle for Neighborville, brings a new fresh feeling to the game, while also staying true to the franchise. From early reviews, it looks like Popcap managed to bring a fresh new feel to the game, however, as many reviews state — if you weren’t a fan of the previous titles, this one probably won’t change your mind.

It’s fun, colorful, and whacky, but if you’re not a fan of the series in general, Neighborville won’t change anything. Check out our review roundup for the recently released title, right here!

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is now available for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Are you enjoying the third entry in the series? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Popcap