Angry Birds Star Wars 2 Launches One Day Early

While most eyes were on the release of iOS 7, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 quietly slipped into the App Store one day earlier than its announced release date. The tie-in Angry Bird Telepod toys have even started popping up online at retailers like Amazon.

Angry Birds Star Wars 2

In the sequel, players can choose to join the Pork Federation or the Pork Side, and have access to more than 30 playable characters like Jar Jar Binks and Jango Fett. Angry Birds Star Wars 2 also features separately sold "telepod" toys to use along with the game. The telepods allow users to teleport their favorite characters into the game by using their device's built-in camera.

Here's the official App Store description:

"The Force is strong with this one. Get ready for Angry Birds Star Wars II – the epic follow-up to the #1 smash hit game! Based on the Star Wars movie prequels, use the Force for good against the greedy Pork Federation or choose a much darker path. That’s right; for the first time ever you can “Join the Pork Side” and play as the fearsome Darth Maul, Emperor Palpatine and many other favorites!"

And here is a video of the telepods in action:

You can download Angry Birds Star Wars 2 from the App Store for $0.99. It requires iOS 4.3 or later, and is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.