Angry Birds flung into space

Where do you go once you’ve conquered the planet? Why, space of course! Therefore it comes as little surprise to hear that the ridiculously popular bird-based puzzle game is heading beyond the Earth’s atmosphere in a new version called, would you believe, Angry Birds Space.

“One small fling for a bird. One quantum leap for birdkind,” reads the blurb on the new game’s website.

Angry Birds Space is set for lift off next month on March 22. The game’s maker, Finland-based Rovio, describes Angry Birds Space as “a completely new game with innovative new gameplay, but with some of the familiar Angry Birds elements that fans already know and love — plus some surprises.”

As far as we can see, it has to be very different from the original game, with all of its gravity-based shenanigans. Fling a bird in space and it could go anywhere. And what about those pesky egg-stealing pigs? Will they be tethered to the moon or just floating nonchalantly about? The 20-second teaser video released by Rovio doesn’t give much away. Actually it doesn’t give anything away.

The company said it’ll be launching the game simultaneously in mobile gaming, animation, retail and publishing, claiming it’ll be the first time a launch of this nature has been done for a mobile game.

Angry Birds was one of the most downloaded apps of last year, and Rovio has already capitalized on its enormous success by creating several spin-off versions — Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons. The company also sells merchandise related to the game, and has plans to open some 200 retail stores in China, where the game is also a hit.

Last year Rovio board chairman Kaj Hed said, “We’re building this [into] a big company. Our goal is to become number one in the world.” Seems like its setting its sights on space too, now.

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