Ever since its publisher was bought by EA, Angry Birds has been destined to make its way to the home console platforms. That move has now been announced by the game's developer, Rovio, at an event in London.
Epitomizing the dreams of independent game makers across the world, Angry Birds went from a tiny casual game from an unknown developer to iPhone phenomenon in a matter of weeks. With more than 10 million downloads across Android, iPhone, and Nokia, Angry Birds has become the defining picture of the mobile games industry.
Despite being a 99-cent game, Angry Birds has pulled in millions of dollars for Rovio, and was a key factor in EA's decision to buy the game's publisher, Chillingo, for $20 million.
Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka didn't provide any more details about the game's shift to consoles, but we'd expect it to be a fairly inexpensive downloadable title with a few extra features and souped-up graphics thrown in.
It's an interesting time for the gaming industry as a whole. Games like Angry Birds are getting flooded with praise and high sales volumes, while multimillion-dollar behemoths like Final Fantasy XIV are lambasted.
Everyone's pinching pennies these days, and it doesn't take a genius to figure out which end of the video game spectrum stands to profit from that. The only question is how long Angry Bird's celebrity status can be maintained.
[Source: PC World]
Nov 15, 2010
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