Over the weekend the rumor sprouted up that Sega was looking to buy out mobile developer Rovio for a billion dollars. We were skeptical because (a) the only thing Rovio is known for is Angry Birds and that property hit its peak ages ago, and (b) there’s no way Sega has a billion dollars.
So with the video game industry still riding an incredible high, it’s not surprising that more and more companies are trying to make films based on these video games. One of the more curious announcements was that Angry Birds would be getting it’s own 3D animated movie. This was odd as the plot of Angry Birds is literally as simple as you can get. Pigs stole their eggs, they need to get them back. However, if one of the voices attached to the movie, Josh Gad, is any indication, this movie may be more than you’re expecting. He talked to IGN about how he actually got into the movie:
In a post on the official Angry Birds Twitter account, Angry Birds franchise developer Rovio announced that the game’s long anticipated sequel, Angry Birds 2, has passed a pretty significant milestone. Just a few days after the game’s launch on mobile platforms, Angry Birds 2 has crossed more than 10 million downloads. You can check out the announcement tweet for Angry Birds 2 below.
Rovio Games has revealed that Angry Birds 2 will release on July 30. The official sequel to the original Angry Birds game will be first shown at a special event on July 28 and then released across various platforms two days later. Although the developer has not stated exactly what devices will be supported, it is likely that the game will be available on iOS and Android devices at launch. The company has also not revealed very much information about the game, describing it only as, “bigger, badder and birdier.”
Rovio has revealed that it is in the process of laying off 130 employees, a figure that makes up 16% of the company’s workforce, as it looks to refocus on its most important businesses. According to chief executive Mikael Hed the company hired more staff than necessary due to forecasted growth being slower than expected.
Apple is celebrating the 5-year anniversary of the App Store by making a number of top apps free and revealing the best-selling apps of all time.(more…)
The guys over at Rooster Teeth decided to make a movie trailer off the casual-hit sensation, Angry Birds. Video after the break.