Latest Angry Birds tile coming to Microsoft Windows Phone
Angry Birds CEO confirms that earlier comments were false about MIcrosoft not getting in on Angry Birds action
Comment last week from Rovio – the company behind the hit downloadable game Angry Birds – said that Microsoft would not be getting the company’s flagship franchise on their platforms … for now. That comment has been quickly debunked at the company’s CEO has gone public, saying the exact opposite.
Chief Executive Mikael Hed told Reuters that “[w]e are working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7.” This contradicts earlier reports that Microsoft would not be seeing the new Angry Birds title at all, while lining up with information that didn’t rule out Windows 8 seeing a version of Angry Birds for those devices. Rovio has been valued at $9 billion just two years after launching the original Angry Birds, and the game has been downloaded more than 900 million times
Despite Rovio claiming that they are not a video game company, and aim to be as big as Disney, the fact is that Angry Birds is still an incredible seller and one of iOS’s killer apps. Angry Birds Space, unsurprisingly, is topping charts once again as the coloured birds are taking into outer space.
Hed also said that the team is to be bring “the best possible experience to our fans.”
Angry birds not coming to MIcrosoft platforms
Previous comments had suggested that Rovio wouldn’t be developing for Microsoft platforms because porting titles wouldn’t be that easy.
Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer at Rovio, said that porting Angry Birds Space over would require the company to “completely rewrite the application.”
At the time it had been speculated that the strategy would be to wait for Windows 8 to launch, launch on that platform and then looking at Microsoft’s other platforms. The feeling is that Windows 8 will have a sizeable user base from launch, and developers will undoubtedly jump on the next Windows operating system.
We noted in our report last week that Microsoft have been pushing the ease of development for the Metro UI in Windows 8 from iOS, with the experiences very similar across the two platforms.
Windows 8 launches later this year; the Consumer Preview it out now.