This is your ABN News Roundup for March 12, 2014. I’m @dr-omega.
Rovio recently teased a new Angry Birds game with a medieval theme. Our sources on Piggy Island can now confirm what was suspected: the game will be a free Angry Birds themed RPG, called: Angry Birds EPIC!
Details on the new game are as follows:
Get ready for a bird-tastic FREE RPG adventure filled with “weapons” (whatever they could get ahold of), magic, bad guys and silly hats! Lead your feathery team into battle now – it’s going to be EPIC!
You’ll be able to, “Craft amazing battle-winning weapons like a wooden sword, frying pan or stick thingy with a sponge on top!”
Gameplay will evolve as you, “Level up your characters, armor, weapons and potions to become a legendary hero ready to take on the mightiest pig warrior!”
Wage war with, “Turn-based battles between our heroic flock of warriors and those green snout-nosed scoundrels! It’s easy to play, but difficult to master!”
Adventure is out there as you, “Explore a fantasy Piggy Island with everything from tribal villages and frosty mountains to tropical beaches and mysterious caves!” In the image above we finally have our first glimpse of Piggy Island from above. It definitely looks EPIC!
We can confirm at least two character classes:
- Knight – Red Bird
- Mage – Yellow Bird
- … more to come
There you have it! So what do you think about Angry Birds EPIC? Let us know below.
If you are eager for a bit more information there is an excellent article in The Guardian from Monday, March 10:
When I meet Rovio’s ‘Mighty Eagle’ Peter Vesterbacka at the SXSW conference, he’s enthusiastic about the latter game [Angry Birds EPIC], which will be the latest expansion of Angry Birds into a new gameplay genre – although details remain under wraps for a few more days.
Angry Bird EPIC Soft-Launch?! What the heck is that?
The Angry Birds EPIC! teaser video noted that it is scheduled to soft launch in Australia and Canada. The Australia version of International Business Times also noted that Angry Birds Stella was also set to soft launch in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Have you found yourself asking, “What is a soft launch?” We’re here to help!
Wikipedia describes it as:
A soft launch is the release of a website, hotel, or other product or service to a limited audience. Soft-launching is a method for gathering data on a product’s usage and acceptance in the marketplace, before making it generally available as a hard launch or grand opening. Companies may choose a soft launch to test the viability of a product or to fine tune a product before implementing a larger marketing effort.
Basically, it means releasing a game in a small market to test it and work out the bugs, before releasing to a larger audience (usually a full worldwide release).
Angry Birds 2014 Release Schedule
With all of the announced launches, it’s easy to get confused. To help, here’s a list of all the known upcoming Angry Birds releases for 2014 and beyond (some dates are not confirmed):
- Special Angry Birds Friends “Bomb Tournament” next week
- Angry Birds GO! Sub-Zero update – “Coming Soon” 2014
- Angry Birds GO! multiplayer update – Unknown, said to be coming in 2014, but not with the Sub-Zero update
- Angry Birds GO! Transformers – Telepods and other items to be released in September in the UK. Game/App unknown
- Angry Birds Stella – Fall 2014 (game and merchandise)
- Angry Birds EPIC! – 2014
- Angry Birds comic book from IDW – June 2014
- Angry Birds the Movie – July 1, 2016
I’m @dr-omega and this was your ABN News Roundup.