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The next Plants vs. Zombies game is all about collectible cards

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A new take on the tower defense series

PopCap Games announced that it will launch Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, a card game based on the popular tower defense franchise, on Android and iOS this year. The free-to-play game is currently in "select territories," the company said in a press release, and will be available worldwide at a later date.

The video above shows off the new take on Plants vs. Zombies with a quick look at the character-based gameplay. Players can collect and create decks of cards featuring hundreds of heroes from the franchise, both new and old. Players can control either plants or zombies, a feature senior producer Brian Lindley calls a series' first on the Plants vs. Zombies Heroes' website.

New playable characters will be available as in-app purchases, although an FAQ on the game's website explains that "everything in the game can also be earned and collected without spending a penny."

Both single-player and multiplayer missions are included. PopCap will introduce competitive PvP and a crafting system to the game later this year, according to Lindley.

Last month, Electronic Arts published Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 on consoles. Check out our review of the game — developed by EA Canada, not PopCap Games — which is now available on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

Take a look at that game in our video below.