Plants vs Zombies 3 is real and it’s now entered its pre-alpha phase, with calls for a select number of Android players to come on board and help test it out (thanks, Android Police).

Up until now, there’s been precious little info online regarding the game or the pre-alpha version. I tried to access the Android store page earlier, but it seems to have been temporarily taken down.

What we do know is that EA is taking on a very limited number of Android testers, though whether those slots have already been filled is anyone’s guess, and there’s also no confirmation of which regions the pre-alpha version is available in – it’s all very disorganised.

The screenshots attached let us know that the series’ art style has been revised slightly, but, outside of that, it looks really quite similar to the earlier games. You can expect lots of tower defence-style action, with increasingly difficult swarms of zombies and boss-type enemies. Android Police notes that there’s a new upgrade system for plants that somehow involves collectable tacos.

Android Police also confirms that this new game is unsurprisingly free to play, with in-app purchases that range from pennies up to $99.99. News of Plants vs Zombies 3’s existence honestly took me by surprise. It’s a series that I haven’t thought about since playing the excellent Garden Warfare spinoffs. 

I’ll throw the Google Play link here for anyone who wants to give it a try. As I already mentioned, I’ve had no luck getting into the pre-alpha myself, though that might be because I’m based in the UK. The writer for Android Police, who’s actually managed to play it, is based in the US, so maybe all you American readers will have a bit more luck.

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