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For the Chinese spinoff version, see Plants vs. Zombies 3D.

Plants vs. Zombies 3: Welcome to Zomburbia (abbreviated as PvZ3) is a tower defense game released by PopCap Games. This game is a sequel to Plants vs. Zombies 2 and the third installment to the main-line franchise. It was released on Android devices for pre-alpha testing on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 for a limited amount of users in the United States and Canada[1]. The pre-alpha ended on February 10, 2020 and was soft launched on February 25, 2020 in select countries, namely the Philippines, Romania, and Indonesia.

On October 14, 2020, it was confirmed that the soft launch would be unavailable on November 18, 2020 to make bigger changes. On September 7th, 2021 it was re-released for a soft launch in Australia and the Philippines. On April 5th, 2022, it was re-released yet again. It was available only in Australia, the Philippines, and the Netherlands. Again another update was released on October 12th, 2022. Finally on January 17th, 2024, Plants vs. Zombies 3: Welcome to Zomburbia would be soft launched in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, Philippines, and the Republic of Ireland.

Plot

Dr. Zomboss will send an entire army of zombies who are about to eat the habitants of Neighborville's brains!

Meanwhile, Crazy Dave and Patrice Blazing need your help to rebuild Neighborville and prepare a new fort in the Lost Keys Lake, including a sunflower bed and a zombie detector. However, the zombies are everywhere! Will the neighbors stay safe?

To be continued...

Google Play Store description

Grow, Battle & Try to Survive!

Rebuild Neighborville and battle the fun-dead in the latest installment of your beloved tower defense game series — Plants vs. Zombies 3. Defend your town (and brainz) from hordes of zombies with all-new levels, mechanics, and characters. Adventure and gruesome gardening in Neighborville have never been sweeter!

Dr. Zomboss, and his crew of zany zombies have concocted a new, elaborate scheme to conquer Neighborville. Battle zombies to rebuild Neighborville, one lawn at a time, using zombie-bashing strategy, tower defense gameplay and survival game instincts! Push back the Brain Fog and blast your way through all of the town to restore the peace.

Puzzle action and adventure await with every level. Blast through lawns with exciting boosts like the new and improved Cherry Bomb and different plants with unique strengths. Build your plant defense, puzzle your way through tricky zombie challenges and use strategy to protect your brainz. Play with characters, new and old, including your favorite lawn legends and hilarious zombies.

Survive with the help of your potent army of plants and earn the title of Mayor of Neighborville! Download and join the kooky universe of Plants vs. Zombies today!

BATTLE ZANY ZOMBIES

Tower defense style fun and thrilling action awaits your army of exciting plants on the lawn. Battle to ensure Neighborville’s survival and prove you have what it takes to become the ultimate garden guardian.

- Tower defense like you know and love. Be strategic!

- Battle zombie favorites like Buckethead across a variety of new, exciting lawns

- Learn exciting tricks to restore the town as you encounter new, powerful zombies

- Build the best survival strategy to be competitive!

RESTORE NEIGHBORVILLE

Grow plants and reach new heights with your green-thumb! Plants are your weapon against Dr. Zomboss and his zombie horde. Unleash the power of the sun, plants, and toolshed as you ready for battle on the lawn.

- Play with your favorite lawn legends – both new and old – like Peashooter and Chomper

- Grow and rebuild Neighborville as you unlock new tricks, levels and more!

- Discover your plants’ unique strengths and abilities and create the ultimate strategy

- Fight with your garden’s fullest potential as you discover the latest twists in PvZ3!

BLAST THROUGH PUZZLES

Puzzle your way through level upon level with new adventures to play and master. Challenges unlike ever before will test your planting abilities to the extreme!

- Puzzles and action never before seen to challenge your brain and brawn

- Blast through levels and unlock new, powerful items to help restore Neighborville

- Fight and defeat zombie units throughout a series of puzzles with unique challenges

- Strategy will be necessary – outwit the competition to come out on top

VISUALLY & ORGANICALLY ENHANCED

Garden and zombie action brought to you from a new lens. Play and experience the newly revamped art style of Plants vs. Zombies 3!

Restore Neighborville and earn your zombie-destroyer badge of honor with the latest installment of an epic game: Plants vs. Zombies 3!

Development

Plants vs. Zombies 3 entered its previsualization stage as early as 2016, with various pieces of concept art being made.[2]

For the China Licensing Expo 2017, it was announced that Plants vs. Zombies 3 would be expected to release in Q4 of 2017,[3] although this never ended up going through.

The earliest known instance of the pre-2021 Plants vs. Zombies 3 art style is an Imp maquette that was made for the 2018 holiday as a gift for Popcap employees.[4]

On July 16, 2019, PopCap stated that a new Plants vs. Zombies game, Plants vs. Zombies 3, was in development on their forum. The game was in Pre-Alpha and was meant as a way for players to test the game and give feedback for improvements to the game. Many of the requests were listened to, and they helped make the game better, until the Pre-Alpha was closed on February 10th, when the developers stated they were going through a new phase in development.

Later, on February 25th, 2020, PopCap revealed the game to a few select countries for a soft-launch phase.

On September 7th, 2021, PopCap soft-launched a new version of the game with everything reworked.

On April 5th, 2022, PopCap soft-released another new version of the game with additions made to the previous build.

On October 12th, 2022, PopCap released another update along with new features and such.

On January 17th, 2024, PopCap soft launched the game in select regions under the new name Plants vs. Zombies 3: Welcome to Zomburbia

On february 15th, 2024, PopCap released an update which adds 80 new levels along with a new plant, Sun-Shroom and a new zombie, Rock-N-Rollin' Imp.

On March 14th, 2024, PopCap released an update which adds 80 more levels along with a new plant, Plantern and a new zombie, Disco Zombie.

On april 16th, 2024, PopCap released an update which adds 80 more levels along with a new plant, Lychee and a new zombie, Stealth Imp.

On May 31st, 2024,announced the return of a requested feature: Choose-your-Seeds now renamed as Pick-a-Plant, which allows players more freedom to solve levels, while also providing the option to challenge players with new team choices.

On June 2024, PopCap released an update which adds 80 more levels along with a new plant, Puff-Shroom and a new zombie, Landscaper.

Upgrades and Rewards

This version has added rakes which will kill the first zombie on the lane. It is unlocked at Level 9, Campground.

This version also added Sun Boost which will add 2 sun at the starting of the game. It is unlocked at Dave's House, Level 15.

This version also added Gumbot which will kill all zombies on the lawn with gumballs upon coming in contact with it or the player manually activating it. It is unlocked at Dave's House, Level 19.

This version also added a mini-game in which when you play the levels, your sunflower will grow and will gives you lunch boxes at a point.

Lunch boxes can be obtained by doing quests.

In Soft-Launch and Pre-Alpha versions, player could get piñatas from various activities to level up their plants.

Plants

Main article: Plants (PvZ3)

Playable plants (2021 - 2024)

Returning playable plants Peashooter3.png Sunflower3.png Wall-Nut3.png Bonk Choy3.png Squash3.png Snow Pea3.png Lily Pad3.png Tangle Kelp3.png Lightning Reed3.png Chili Bean3.png Cabbage-Pult3.png Plantern3.png Umbrella Leaf3.png Puff-Shroom3.png Sun-Shroom3.png
New playable plants Bamboo Shoots3.png Lychee3.png Silversword3.png
Power-Up plants Grapes of Wrath3.png Chilly Pepper3.png Jalapeño3.png Cherry Bomb3.png Blover3.png

Non-playable plants

  • Chomper (in promotional material)
  • Melon-pult (in promotional material)
  • Flower Pot (Cameo appearance)
  • Jugger-Nut (Cameo appearance)
  • Hypno-shroom (Cameo appearance)
  • Sea-shroom (Cameo appearance)
  • Threepeater (Event)

Zombies (2021 - 2024)

Main article: Zombies (PvZ3)
Returning zombies Browncoat Zombie3.png Conehead Zombie3.png Buckethead Zombie3.png Flag Zombie3.png Gargantuar3.png Imp3.png Ducky Tube Zombie3.png Disco Zombie3.png Backup Dancer3.png Landscaper3.png
New zombies Pigeon Feeder3.png Zombie Pigeon3.png Rock-N-Rollin' Imp3.png Bowling Zombie3.png File:Swinging Zombie3.png Stealth Imp3.png

Non-encounterable zombies

  • Bungee Zombie (in promotional material)
  • Imposter (Cameo appearance)

Returning characters

New characters

Areas (2021 - 2022 rereleases)

Name Photo Biome Levels
Neighborville Neighborville Lawn.png Dave’s House (Your House in the April 2022 rerelease, Backyard in the September 2021 rerelease) 21
Lost Keys Lake Camp Lawn.png Campground (Camp in the September 2021 rerelease) 22
Mt. Quesogrande PvZ3 Volcano Lawn.png Volcano 7

Areas (January 2024 rerelease)

Name Photo Biome Levels
Dave’s House Neighborville Lawn.png Backyard TBA
Campground Camp Lawn.png Camp TBA
Begonia Boulevard Begonia Boulevard.png Ground TBA

Glitches (Archived content) (2020)

  • After the first server update, the level progress bar was unintentionally hidden under the score bar. This was fixed in the 15.1 update.
  • During the Graveyard Trick 'Grave Danger!', a gravestone can rise on a tile occupied by a plant. The plant will function normally, but Plant Food and Tacos can't be used on it until the gravestone has been destroyed.
  • Under unknown conditions, the game can softlock at the end of the stage. This can be fixed either by digging up plants or force closing the game.
  • When a player tried to donate seeds in their club, a pop-up that said 'Donation has expired' would cancel the action and temporally remove the seed request from the player's list. This glitch was fixed in the second server update.
  • When a Crossing Guard throws a road cone onto a male Browncoat Zombie's head, the male zombie has a chance to become a female.
  • Sometimes, after a battle when the lawn is full, you can still hear the plants making sounds.

Version history (2020-2021)

Main article: Plants vs. Zombies 3/Update history
  • February 26: The game has been soft launched in Ireland, Romania and the Philippines.
  • Early March: A server update has been pushed, fixing various bugs and revamping the Devour Tower's UI elements.
  • March 10: The 15.1 update has been released, fixing more bugs and improving more UI elements across the whole game, most notably the plant seed packets.
  • March 11: Another server update has been pushed, fixing the donation bug.

Concepts

Main article: Plants vs. Zombies 3/Concepts

Upcoming content

Main article: Plants vs. Zombies 3/Upcoming content

Community-built decks

Main article: Plants vs. Zombies 3/Community-built decks

Gallery

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Trivia

  • Unlike the previous games, zombies (including the parts they drop) sink into the ground when defeated. In the previous games, they simply disappear under normal circumstances.
  • Before the 2021 rereleases, this game's previous version and Plants vs. Zombies Heroes were currently the only games to use portrait mode.
  • This is the first time a game has directly referenced the comic series in a major way, as Patrice Blazing, along with Tugboat make their debut in the game series.
  • In an advertisement of EA Access, now known as EA Play coming to Steam, Plants vs. Zombies 3 can be seen as one of the game featured in the advertisement despite the game not being released on Steam nor PC.

References

2. https://www.ea.com/games/plants-vs-zombies/plants-vs-zombies-2/news/plants-vs-zombies-3-soft-launch-update
3. https://www.ea.com/games/plants-vs-zombies/plants-vs-zombies-2/news/a-new-vision-for-pvz3