Summer is almost here, and what better way to get into the warm and sunny season than by going outside and planting a Sunflower or two? Today PopCap has finally shed some light on the hugely anticipated Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time, revealing the game’s official release date, a new trailer, and what kinds of things we amateur gardeners can expect from the zombies’ latest outing.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been designed from the ground up, in what PopCap describes as a “live service,” and will feature new worlds, new levels, new plants, and of course, new zombies. You might also be pleased to know that Crazy Dave is set to make a triumphant return here in the sequel, reprising his role as the loveable but kooky shop owner and flower-defense mentor.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 will also be completely free to download upon its release. While PopCap made sure to explain that players will still be able to face every zombie and access all of the game’s levels at no additional charge, zombie aficionados can also purchase upgrades and other in-game items using real money.

In the developer’s official press announcement, Senior Producer for Plants vs. Zombies 2 Allen Murray had this to say about the upcoming sequel: “We’ve created wild new ways to experience the plants and zombies you know and love as well as packing the game with tons of completely new content, and we’re still hard at work coming up with even more cool stuff that will keep Plants vs. Zombies 2 fresh and evolving in the months and years following launch.”

That time is almost finally upon us, my undead friends! Plants vs. Zombies 2 will officially launch on July 18 exclusively for iOS devices. And while Apple users will be the first to get their hands dirty with planting their new gardens, PopCap has already confirmed that everyone’s favorite zombies will be inching their way to a plethora of other gaming platforms in the near future.

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time will make its first official gameplay debut at a private E3 event next week, but in the meantime, you can check out the game’s very first trailer right after this paragraph, which is just all sorts of awesome that can only be described by a resounding BRAINZ!