It's hard to believe that there is no official sequel to Rovio Entertainment's popular Angry Birds. The original game, released in 2009, has spawned countless spin-offs and crossovers with other popular properties such as Transformers, but there has never been an official Angry Birds 2. That's all about to change on July 30, 2015, when Rovio will finally release a proper follow-up to Angry Birds.
Rovio Entertainment has built a whole new game from the ground up for the Angry Birds universe. Angry Birds Go! will be available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 on December 11, 2013, but Rovio is also releasing a special "countdown app" at the end of October. The app will allow Angry Birds Go! telepod owners to get a head start on the game.
Angry Birds fans or collectors who can't wait until December 11 can order their Go! telepods now, and use them along with the countdown app at the end of this month. The Go! telepods work just like the Angry Birds Star Wars 2 telepods released in September.
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.
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.
Rovio Entertainment has released nine character trailers for Angry Birds Star Wars 2. The characters include Jar Jar Binks, Jedi Youngling, Luke Skywalker Jedi, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker Endor, Droideka, TIE Fighter Pilot, Zam Wesell and Emperor Palpatine. You can watch all nine videos on the official Rovio Entertainment YouTube page.
Angry Birds Star Wars 2 will be available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices on September 19. The game will be $0.99 to download and will feature additional toys that can be bought separately and used to unlock certain characters within the game. Angry Birds will be the third video game plus toy line released this year. Earlier this month, Disney launched its own iPad app to tie-in with its Disney Infinity video game, which also includes NFC-enabled collectible action figures.
Rovio Entertainment is following up its popular Star Wars mobile game and toy line with Angry Birds Star Wars 2 on September 19th. ABSW2 will feature over 30 playable characters, and Hasbro-created "telepods" that interact with the game. A telepod is a physical toy that represents a playable character within the Angry Birds universe. Players can unlock the characters in the game by individually purchasing the toys, and using their device's built-in camera to activate them. Rovio's new telepods are a lot like Activision's very popular Skylanders toys, which are used with the various Skylanders console video games.
NFC-based video games are becoming so popular that even Disney has taken a crack at them with its planned Disney Infinity series. Disney Infinity is set to launch a few months ahead of Activision's newest Skylanders game SWAP Force on August 18th. It will be interesting to see how consumers respond with so many NFC-based video games / toys being released around the same time. These games can be very pricey after purchasing both the starter sets and individual characters. A Skylanders starter set retails for around $70, and each individual toy costs around $10 to $14. It is unknown at this time how much the individual Angry Birds telepods will set you back.