The third game in PopCap’s long-running series about gardening and the undead has been officially revealed with a pre-alpha version being available for download right now on Android devices.
“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,” wrote PopCap. We’re hard at work testing out a lot of fun things that we want your feedback on, and hope you will come on this journey with us!”
The pre-alpha is a very early first look at the third game in the trilogy, and the game will likely undergo many changes before it is fully launched worldwide. As for when that release will be, there isn’t a solid window just yet. “We’re still testing different features of PvZ 3 and can’t wait to show you more! We want to make sure we have everything ready and in tip-top shape for you to enjoy, so we’ll let you know when we have a worldwide release date.”
If you have an Android device that is on par with a Galaxy S7 or higher spec-wise, you can download the pre-alpha from the Google Play Store so long as you’re running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher. Act quickly though, there are only a limited number of downloads available initially, with more spots opening up over time in phases. There are still slots open at the time of writing, so be sure to reserve your spot fast if you’re eager to defend your home from the mortally-challenged.
The pre-alpha is completely free-to-play and will feature no microtransactions. Because of the game’s pre-alpha state, multiple changes will be made throughout the game’s development, and a few of these changes will result in players’ progress being wiped, so keep that in mind if you’re looking to get in early.
For those of you who aren’t ready to hop in just yet, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is still available on both Android and iOS and will continue to be supported according to PopCap.
If you do decide to jump in, don’t expect a fully fleshed out experience. “Plants vs. Zombies™3 is under early construction and is not representative of the final game,” states the game’s store page description. “Pre-Alpha is focused on getting your feedback on combat features only. We’re saving a lot more for later!”
The original Plants vs. Zombies was released a decade ago in 2009, with the sequel following four years later in 2013. There’s no word on an official release window for Plants vs. Zombies 3, but the pre-alpha is currently available for download on the Google Play Store.