Surprise! There's a new Plants vs. Zombies game out in early access today. Called "Battle for Neighborville," the battle between flora and the living dead is rolling out in sections; the "Founder's Edition" of the game is available for purchase right now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One before the final version of the game launches on October 18.
The Founder version of the game grants you access to six weeks of revolving content, which includes three free-roam regions, 20 customizable character classes, six online multiplayer modes, and split-screen co-op for PS4 and Xbox One. Once October 18 rolls around, all Founder players will get an upgrade to the full launch version of the game.
Some familiar faces return to each side of the conflict, alongside new combatants like the thundering Oak & Acorn, a walking platform of plant-based warfare that can house several Acorn players for maximum firepower, and a roller-skating electric zombie. The current plan is 10 classes apiece for the plants and zombies.
Various gameplay modes will rotate in and out of the Founder's Edition each week. Modes like Turf Takeover return to Neighborville, as well as new modes like a special battle arena which forces you to play new characters every round. Players can also explore the free-roam areas of the game and engage in some lighthearted fun, or take on one of the larger enemies in dangerous parts of Neighborville.
Battle for Neighborville will also roll out its battle pass-like system, called "festivals," which will have seasonal content. Whether it's costumes, tombstones, or special designs for the boxing gloves that slide in for big moments, there are a lot of ways to customize the new plants and zombies. EA told USgamer in a briefing that it plans on avoiding blind-box microtransactions, and every player will be able to access the festivals without having to pay for entry.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville will launch on October 18 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you're an EA Access or Origin Access Basic, you can play 10 hours of the game starting from October 15, or you can get the Founder's Edition today if you're an Origin Access Premier member on PC.