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Plants Vs. Zombies 3 pre-alpha build out now for Android

Plants and zombies are teaming up to fight the true enemy of publisher Electronic Arts: bug-ridden 1.0 launches.

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Plants vs Zombies 3 confirmed

Plants and zombies are teaming up to fight the true enemy of publisher Electronic Arts: bug-ridden 1.0 launches.

PopCap Games, creator of the long-running flora-meets-horror tower defence series, announced on Thursday – via EA’s official website – that a pre-alpha build of Plants Vs. Zombies 3 is now available in the Google Play Store.

Only available in the Google Play Store, that is. At least for now, PvZ3 is available exclusively on Android devices. Galaxy S7 or higher and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher are required to play. There’s no word yet on when or if the game will appear on iOS devices. Though, if history is any indicator, Plants vs. Zombies 3 will probably eventually come to Apple devices.

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The pun-filled announcement revealed that limited downloads of the long-awaited mobile game are available now. More will release in waves (much like the waves of the undead that have long warred against our beloved plants). PopCap warned that this version of the game will have plenty of bugs (because, in their words, “zombies don’t bathe very often”). This pre-alpha build is focused solely on getting feedback on combat. The game is still early, and PopCap warned that progress may be wiped as it takes shape.

In its pre-alpha stage, PopCap Games is promising Plants vs. Zombies 3 will be something even rarer than seeing a zombie in real life: a free-to-play mobile game with no microtransactions.

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Andrew King is a news and sports reporter by day and a freelance games writer by night. He likes immersive sims, 3D platformers and open-world games. Find his writing at GameCritics and The Hillsdale Daily News.