We reported last month that Rovio, the developer of the popular Angry Birds game is planning to roll out a new version of the game – Angry Birds Space on March 22. Confirming the launch, Rovio has now given more info on its upcoming game.
According to the Guardian report, Angry Birds Space will launch with 60 levels, six new characters and superpowers, and gameplay features based on zero-gravity setting. Rovio states that the new levels will be added as free updates, and also as in-app purchases.
The company has been working with NASA for the launch of the new game, with flight engineer Don Pettit introducing the game from the International Space Station, in a video posted online.
“Games are fun and entertaining, but they also can be inspirational and informative. This ongoing collaboration with Rovio and Angry Birds is an exciting way to get people engaged with NASA’s missions of exploration and discovery, and get students energized about future careers in science and technology,” says NASA’s associate administrator for communications David Weaver.
Rovio is also collaborating with National Geographic, which plans to publish official companion book for Angry Birds Space, and there will be animation and retail elements to the launch as well.
In an interview with The Guardian, Rovio’s Marketing Chief Peter Vesterbacka said, “It’s the first time we have everything available on launch day: animation, toys, books, candy, everything. It’s massive: most Hollywood movies don’t have this. And this is just the first phase of our space programme. There is more to come.”
Angry Birds Space will be displayed for the first time on the 9th of March at SXSWi in Austin, Texas. The game will be demonstrated on a Samsung Galaxy Note.