Green Day are the first big band to work with Angry Birds maker Rovio on in-game promotion. They’re going to get their own 10-level episode in the Angry Birds Friends game, complete with exclusive music for fans to unlock by playing it.
Rovio pulled in $106.3m of revenues in 2011 from Angry Birds, despite the games never selling for more than a handful of dollars (and, on Android, being made available for free). Now the franchise is making its way to consoles, but the pricing is… Well, let’s just say it’s brave.
The company has partnered with Activision to sell a collection of the first three Angry Birds games for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS. It’ll retail for $39.99. Yes you read that right.
Bonkers. And yes, the games support the Kinect and Move motion controllers for Xbox 360 and PS3, and the 3D mode of the 3DS. But 40 bucks? Maybe Activision is trying to make a point about the relative values of mobile/tablet and console games, but if so, that point may come back to bite it in the arse once the game is released.
On the plus side, it’s good news for the New Mexico landfill industry.
How popular is Rovio’s fourth Angry Birds game, Angry Birds Space? Very. The game has been downloaded more than 100 million times since its release 76 days ago.
What’s notable is the pattern of those downloads, as pointed out by TheNextWeb. The game hit 10 million downloads in three days, 20 million in a week, and 50 million in 35 days.
Rovio is now edging closer to the one billion downloads milestone for the series as a whole, but what next for the franchise? Consoles.
Publisher Activision has been showing a teaser trailer of an Angry Birds console game at E3, indicating that a licensing deal has been struck between the two companies. The Escapist suggests that the deal will be officially announced in a couple of weeks’ time.
Rovio’s Angry Birds games have been downloaded more than one billion times across various devices, but now the company is preparing to release something different: its first non-Angry Birds game since its days as a struggling indie developer.
The game was called Casey’s Contraptions HD. Was? Yes, it was released for iPad in May 2011, the result of a collaboration between developers Snappy Touch and Mystery Coconut.
Rovio has bought the game, removed it from the App Store, and will relaunch it later this year as Amazing Alex on iOS and Android. “The gameplay is a perfect fit in our arsenal with its approachable, fun and highly addictive take on the physics puzzler genre,” says Rovio’s Ville Heijari.
You can now share levels from the Facebook version of Angry Birds with friends. Developer Rovio announced the feature today.
“Not only can you share and embed a level directly onto a Facebook timeline, blog, or webpage, you can also play it there instantly - no questions, no installs, no hassle!” explains the company on its blog.
“We’re happy to be one of the first developers to bring gameplay directly to your Facebook feed, Tumblr, Wordpress, or wherever else you might want to share and play with your friends!”
We’ve done it above: have a play.