Lovers of plants, zombies and the combination thereof rejoice - EA are not only developing the third instalment in the tower defence franchise, they seem to be developing and testing the next Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare game as well.
As reported by Gamespot, EA have been sending out emails to select members of EA's playtesting program, and it talks about a PvZ shooter codenamed Picnic.
"You are invited to participate in the new PvZ shooter (codename Picnic) playtest on Xbox One or PS4", the mail reads, and while it doesn't say explicitly, we all know what it's about.
Plants Vs. Zombies may have built its popularity on the tower defence expertise, but Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare took it into a 3D domain, and expertly so if we may add.
The mail called on interested players to join the testing. "Made by the team that created PvZ: Garden Warfare, the Picnic closed alpha will give players a first glimpse into the new game", EA wrote.
Granted you could argue that EA overdid the micro-transaction thing, which tends to regularly take points from their games and so it did this time, but the game itself is pretty darn fun in every iteration.
Besides, saying that EA are overdoing micro-transactions is so painfully and obviously true that pointing it out feels like arguing the Earth is round. Yeah, we know it's probably not a great parallel.
It's unclear whether the testing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One mean that Plants vs. Zombies seems won't be coming to PCs, or just that it's the consoles that require tweaking, but we should know soon enough.
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare launched in 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so it's safe to assume it will be making its way to the master race as well.
Unfortunately, other than the call for testing, EA have been pretty tight-lipped about any other details, so we guess we'll have to wait for the console crowds to have their say.
You can find the aforementioned mail on Gamespot.