There’s still life left in the Angry Birds franchise as developer Rovio today announced that the official sequel to the original bird-flinging game that started it all will be releasing across mobile platforms in a fortnight, on Thursday, July 30.
A promotional artwork teases a “bigger, badder, birdier” Angry Birds than the original.
“Back in December 2009, when we were just a small games studio, we released our 52nd game featuring colorful birds, green pigs, a slingshot and a super catchy theme tune. Fast forward to 2015 and that game, Angry Birds, has taken the world by storm,” noted Rovio.
The forthcoming physics-based puzzler will be backed by the release of an animated feature-length Angry Birds film next summer.
The various Angry Birds games that have been released in the past six years have amassed more than three billion downloads and given birth to multiple mashups and spin-offs, such as Bad Piggies, Angry Birds Stella, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Transformers, Angry Birds GO!, Angry Birds Epic, to name but a few.
Angry Birds 2, which Rovio positions as “the mother of all sequels,” will join a total of fifteen games based on the Angry Birds franchise.
While Rovio’s been enjoying huge commercial success thanks to the Angry Birds games and licensed merchandize, the company did experience its first profit drop last year, an tell-tale sign for some gamers that Angry Birds may have run its course.
Rovio has pledged to shed more light on Angry Birds 2 on July 28 in the run-up to its launch date. More information is available at the official Angry Birds 2 website, where you can register your interest to get notified when the game hits the App Store.
If you’re into the franchise, select Angry Birds games are currently on sale in the App Store: Angry Birds Space for iPhone, Angry Birds Space HD for iPad, Angry Birds Star Wars HD for iPad, Angry Birds Seasons HD for iPad and Angry Birds HD for iPad.
The aforementioned titles are available discounted for a combined three bucks versus their regular combined value of thirteen bucks.