Plants vs. Zombies 3 Announced And Could Boast Surprise Mechanics At Launch

The OG Plants Vs. Zombies came out in 2009 as a tower defense game. You know, the plants are the good guys that protect the humans from the brain-eating zombies? Well, that idea blew up and landed the indie publisher and developer PopCap Games a deal with Electronic Arts to make Plants Vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time and Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 1 and 2.

Fast-forward and we see the creator George Fan unhappy with EA’s decision to make Plants Vs. Zombies 2 a freemium game, which Fan would later be laid off and no longer work at PopCap Games and EA.

The above tweet was disclosed back on November 21st, 2017.

Jump to 2019 as of July, and we now have Plants Vs. Zombies 3 announced as a pre-alpha trial that will more than likely feature EA’s favorite mechanic: microtransactions or “surprises mechanics“.

As it stands now, the free-to-play game is in a feedback phase. In other words, the devs want issues regarding “combat features” and the like reported.

Furthermore, three screenshots (compiled into one image) of in-game footage have surfaced showing different things going on in the pre-alpha free-to-play game. If you want to, you can see parts of the game below:

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It’s worth mentioning that EA has a bulleted section on explaining what’s all in the pre-alpha version of the game. And guess what? One of the notes claim that there are no microtransactions in the pre-alpha, but there will likely be MTX or surprise mechanics at launch. The FAQ reads…

“There are no microtransactions during Pre-Alpha.”

So there you have it, the next installment in the Plants Vs. Zombies series is another free-to-play game waiting to steal your money at launch with all sorts of “surprise” and “ethical” mechanics.

Lastly, Plants vs. Zombies 3’s pre-alpha requires a modern Android device where space is limited. However, iOS users aren’t allowed to test the pre-alpha as of this writing.


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