Surprise! Rovio is Releasing Angry Birds 2 Soon
Remember Angry Birds? The game, which was massively popular before the likes of Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans replaced it (and its various spin-offs). The addictive game will now make a comeback in the form a sequel. Rovio, the publisher behind Angry Birds, confirmed that a sequel named Angry Birds 2 will be released on July 30. The news is a bit surprising since the game has lived on in the form of various spin-offs such as Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars.
At this point, Rovio has revealed next to nothing about the upcoming game. Aside from the above tweet, Rovio has released a teaser in which we see a bunch of pigs standing around some crates and we can hear the trademark banter by the birds in the background. The look of the teaser reminds us of the prologue that comes before every stage in the game.
Originally launched in 2009, Angry Birds became the ‘must-have’ game on everyone’s phone.The game was designed to be played on smartphones (Android and iOS were a couple of years old back then) and in a matter of months, achieved a massive following. Rovio took advantage of the success and released different versions of the game like Rio, Seasons, Star Wars and Transformers. Rovio also made a huge amount of money through Angry Birds merchandise. Even the pigs got their own game!
Although Angry Birds has been downloaded almost 3 billion times, counting all versions, Rovio has seen a decline in profit. According to Time, the company generated just $170 million in revenue and $11 million in operating profit in 2014, down from the year before, which forced the company to cut more than 100 jobs last year as well. To revitalize the franchise, Rovio is also planning to release an Angry Birds movie next year starring Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones.
We will learn only after July 30 whether the public still loves the angry, glass and wood smashing birds.