Angry Birds may build you an empire but it can’t sustain it indefinitely. Finnish developer Rovio, having sold 1 billion downloads of its Angry Birds games, is now setting its sights on the future, a future filled with brand new games. The first of those games will be called Amazing Alex.
Gamasutra reported on Thursday that Rovio has acquired the rights to Casey’s Contraptions from creators Mystery Coconut and Snappy Touch. The first game based on the property will be Amazing Alex. As of now, Rovio has only revealed a teaser website for the game.
Rovio’s VP of franchise development Ville Heijari did confirm that the studio will work alongside Casey’s Contraptions creators Miguel Friginal and Noel Llopis on Amazing Alex. “We are currently reworking the title to enhance it, and getting ready to re-introduce it in a true ‘expect the unexpected’ Rovio style launch to an even larger audience,” said Heijari.
Rovio CEO Mikael Hed later said on television that the game will also have educational elements.
This is an exciting development for Rovio. The popularity of Angry Birds has ballooned so quickly over the past two years that Rovio has barely had a chance to do anything but sustain the franchise with shirts, toys, and new iterations of the game. Nice to see that they’re going to lend their expertise to something else.