Microsoft: Angry Birds coming to Windows Phone 7; Angry Birds developer: lolwut?

Angry Birds is one of the most popular iPhone games to date. So when an Angry Birds teaser popped up on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 website it showed good prospects for the new platform's gaming potential. There's only one problem - the developer of Angry Birds hasn't confirmed that the game will be coming to Windows Phone 7.

Above: Pocket Gamer nabbed this screenshot from the official Windows Phone 7 teaser site

The above image looks like an innocent promo for Microsoft's upcoming mobile operating system. But see that little red bird next to the icon for Tap Tap Revenge? That's the logo for Angry Birds and it seems Microsoft used that icon without proper permission.

The game's developer Rovio had this to say in a Twitter post: "We have NOT committed to doing a Windows Phone 7 version [of Angry Birds]. Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission."

Microsoft has since removed the image and now makes no reference to Angry Birds at all.

Angry Birds is an intoxicatingly simple puzzle game in which players fling colorful birds to reek all kinds of havoc

It's unlikely Microsoft would just randomly post a picture of a game that had absolutely no ties to Windows Phone 7 (although stranger things have happened). So the more probable story is that Rovio is *planning* on putting Angry Birds on the new mobile platform, but hasn't 100% confirmed it yet.

In addition to being available in Apple's App Store, Angry Birds has come out on the Android Market, as well as Nokia's Symbian platform.

Windows Phone 7 will officially launch next month, and Microsoft wants gaming to be at the forefront of the new system. It will be able to connect to Xbox Live servers, letting gamers earn mobile game achivements, chat with XBL friends, and manage their accounts.

The mobile platform requires all of its handsets to meet strict requirements, including strong processing power and a 5-megapixel camera. So it stands a chance at becoming, essentially, the portable Xbox system.

Source: Pocket Gamer

Oct 13, 2010

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  • Zepaw - October 14, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    It is almost certain to come to the platform eventually because more customer base means more sales, but it is silly for them to toss up some random apps like they will be out day one. Has Tap Tap announced they will be making stuff for WP? As an Android owner I hope they don't leave me the odd one out, I miss Tap Tap from when I had an iPhone.
  • Kitsuta - October 14, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    I wouldn't be surprised if it was a simple mistake/groupthink. Someone at a low enough level to be tasked with "put together this promo graphic" may not have enough information and could have been mistaken, then every time someone else looks at the graphic it looked perfectly normal and they just figured "no one else has noticed this, it must be correct." Like the photo caption error in this article where reek is written instead of wreak. ;D Of course, misspellings aren't really a big deal, but it was a handy example.
  • Robx - October 14, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    It's Microsoft. With the bull-load of money they've got, just by considering the people that pays for their online service, if things go wrong, they can bribe the shit out of them. So yeah, there will be Angry Bird.
  • DarkSynopsis - October 13, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    Angry Birds not hitting Windows Phone 7 would just seem so wrong since Rovio seem to want the game on every platform they can push it out on! It's meant to be hitting PSN and XBLA is it not? I'm all for Angry Birds hitting every possible platform it can reach so I can play it no matter what I'm using since love the game on my iPod! But having achievements tied to my LIVE Account would be so much sweeter then Game Center.
  • sgh341 - October 13, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    Good job Microsoft!

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