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EA unveils Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2's new hub world, teases new content

Backyard Battleground gives both the Plants and Zombies their own home base, with a bonus warzone wedged right in between.

In the ongoing battle between hub worlds and menu systems, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 has chosen a side. A new trailer for PopCap's next comedy/action third-person shooter shows off the all-new Backyard Battleground, a playable game space that contains tangible ways to interface with the game's various components.

Players can approach a vending machine to buy sticker packs, activate a portal that warps them into multiplayer matches, or check their stats in a resplendent trophy room. They're also free to capture the central Flag of Power -- which triggers a casual King of the Hill-style PvE experience -- or explore the outskirts of Zomburbia in search of loot or secret areas, such as the brand-new shooting gallery.

GameSpot recently had a chance to play a nearly finished build of Garden Warfare 2, so expect to see our full impressions a little closer to the game's February 23 release date.