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Plants Vs. Zombies 3 announc- oh for... it's a chuffing mobile game


Good news: EA have announced Plants Vs. Zombies 3.

Bad news: it's free-to-play again, and microtransactions were a blight on PvZ 2.

Nullifying news: but this time it's just a mobile game so who even cares. Ian Arts, you are a monster.

After the microtransaction-muddled Plants vs. Zombies 2 and the I've-heard-they're-good-but-they're-not-what-I-want multiplayer Garden Warfare spin-offs, I had hoped EA might return to plain ol' PC PvZ. Sadly not, it seems.

The 2009 original is still a joy, a cheery take on tower defence with pea-spitting plants, bungee-jumping zombies, stoics nuts, a lovely theme song, and just enough strategy to be rewarding without baffling. The second game is still a mess, with microtransactions making everything grody in that early-2010s EA way. But EA have learned a lot from their years of horrible monetisation, and I'd hoped... nope, PvZ 3 is seemingly not even coming to PC.

PopCap announced PvZ 3 out of nowhere on Tuesday with the launch of a free pre-alpha test. On Android. And Apple later. With no mention of PC or owt. Seeing as this is very much the way to announce a mobile game, and very much not the way to announce a PC game, I have little hope. But I do have a little.

"At PopCap, we've been working on PvZ for years and want to bring our beloved plants and zombies to current players and the next generation of players everywhere," PopCap said. A reading so generous it's bordering on delusional hope could see that "everywhere" as including "on PC". Even I'm not that delusional. Am I? Maybe I want to be.


If you do want it in your pocket, PopCap are launching the PvZ 3 pre-alpha in phases for Android on Google Play. They pull the download when each phase is full of players, so I guess just blindly keep visiting a store page which likely won't exist? Here's what it looks like when played by someone who keeps stopping to check for updates about WWE videos on YouTube.

Watch on YouTube

I wish it weren't pretty. I wish that Bonk Choy weren't so lovely. Boooooooooooooooooooooo.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.