The Finnish game maker’s Angry Birds captivated the world when it was released 2010 and went on to become a sensation with numerous followups, spinoffs, animated kid’s show, a ludicrous amount of merchandising and more. Over all platforms the “freemium” series has been downloaded well over a two billion times for Android and iOS.
Autobirds and Decemtihog
Now, Rovio is launching its all-new Angry Birds Transformers based, of course, on the 1980s animated action series and subsequent billion dollar film franchise that enjoys considerably better ticket sales than critical review. This newest incarnation in the Angry Birds series was built from the ground up and with the addition of a side-scrolling shooting game.
The game, not surprisingly, will launch on both major mobile platforms, iOS and Android sometime in October. According to a report by PCMag, gamers (or people waiting for their latte at Starbucks, will have the choice of playing as the Autobirds or Decemtihog in their quest to defeat the evil Eggbots. And somewhat expectantly, players will have the option to transform between car and robot.
“Take out swarms of enemies and topple piggy towers with strategically placed shots-but leave the slingshot at home ‘cos these birds are packin’ some serious firepower,” the game’s YouTube trailer description says.
Ravio’s deal with Hasbro and Angry Birds release dates
Rovio signed a deal with Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) in June, so Angry Birds Transformers was certainly anticipated by someone who knows their toys.
“Angry Birds is one of the most recognizable entertainment franchises in the world and we’re thrilled Rovio has chosen Hasbro as its premier toy and game licensee,” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Hasbro when the deal was announced. “With the new Angry Birds Go! property and additional upcoming collaborations between the companies, Hasbro looks forward to delivering more innovative Angry Birds toys and games to kids and families across the globe.”
Android users who enjoy their Angry Birds games may find find themselves jealous of their friends with iPhones as the game will launch for the iOS platform on October 15 with the Android version following on October 30. Somewhat oddly, the game will not be made available on those in Japan where Rovio has enjoyed a good deal of success.