Just In: Rovio To Chuck Angry Birds Into Game Consoles
If spending hours on a smartphone chucking some angry birds at green-colored pigs does not sound satisfying enough, Rovio’s latest announcement will probably be good news to those who own a Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. And that is because gamers can soon expect to see a port of the popular Angry Birds game making its way to all three major game consoles.
Generally, developers tend to port console games to the smartphone, and not the other way round. However, in what must be a major break from tradition, a smartphone game is about to make headlines by being first such title to be ported to video game consoles. And the name of that smartphone game? Why, the insanely popular Angry Birds, of course.
According to an article posted by BBC, Rovio has confirmed that the company was currently working on developing the console port for Angry Birds, and that the port will be available for all three major game consoles, namely the Playstation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. However, the company did not offer any specific schedules for the console ports’ release, although Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka has claimed that it is unlikely that the port will be released before the year’s end.
More importantly, Vesterbacka did not mention whether the console port of Angry Birds will be designed to take advantage of the respective consoles’ motion-sensing capabilties. This is a key issue, as a title originally designed for use with touchscreens may not translate well when played with a traditional game controller, which does not offer the same kind of control found on the former.
And while the idea of games being ported from smartphones to consoles might appear ridiculous to skeptics, Vesterbacka believes that it is only a matter of time before such actions become mainstream.
“The smartphone gaming platform is actually turning out to be the biggest and most played out there. So it’s starting to beat the traditional games on consoles and PCs,” he said.
Last but not least, Vesterbacka also confirmed rumors that Rovio was planning to release a new version of the smartphone game client, which he has tentatively dubbed as “Angry Birds 2”. However, it will not be marketed as a sequel or prequel to the original story.
Instead, a better description for Angry Birds 2 will be that of remake of the original game, where the original cast of characters reprise their roles but with major gameplay differences.