Plants vs. Zombies 3 Is Happening, But For Now It's Locked In Pre-Alpha

Plants vs. Zombies 3 Is Happening, But For Now It's Locked In Pre-Alpha

Time to get the army of the dead off my dang lawn again.

It looks like the feud between foliage and the undead isn't settled quite yet. Electronic Arts quietly launched a pre-alpha for Plants vs. Zombies 3, but right now, it's only playable for those who made it in the door.

A Google Play Store listing popped up for the pre-alpha, but it seems to be filled up. When we tried to join in and install the game, the app reported that it was currently full, but "space may open up later."

If you make it in, Electronic Arts and developer PopCap would like you to know that Plants vs. Zombies 3 is still early in development, and it's looking for feedback on combat features only. Still, judging from the screenshots on the store page, it seems like some pretty standard Plants vs. Zombies. There are lanes, a grid, a bunch of plants, and all the sunlight to feed and empower them to hold back the horde of undead.

The status of Plants vs. Zombies has been a little in flux since 2016's solid Garden Warfare 2. While the official Twitter account confirmed a new console PvZ game was on the way and a Garden Warfare producer confirmed a new PvZ shooter by saying it wouldn't be at E3 2019, the mobile series hasn't seen a new entry since 2013's microtransaction-riddled Plants vs. Zombies 2.

Hopefully this new mobile game strikes a balance between free-to-play and pay-to-play. And maybe this could find its way to the Nintendo Switch as well. We'll learn more as details creep out on the limited pre-alpha build.

Thanks, Android Police.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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