We Have Our First Glimpse of Angry Birds EPIC! Rovio’s Ambitious RPG

Angry Birds Epic Main Teaser ImageThis 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!

Angry Birds Epic Weapons Upgrades and Battles

EPIC Weapons!

You’ll be able to, “Craft amazing battle-winning weapons like a wooden sword, frying pan or stick thingy with a sponge on top!”

EPIC Upgrades!

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!”

EPIC battles!

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!”

Angry Birds Epic World Overview

EPIC Worlds!

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!

Angry Birds Epic Characters Knight and Mage Screenshot v2

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.

Tags: Angry Birds Epic, Epic Soft Launch, News, News & Rumors, RPG
Category: Angry Birds Epic News & Updates, News

    Comments (93)

    Rank: Explosive with 2360 points
    By Angry Gago (@gagik-grigoryan)

    Holy Bird! No doibts Rovio knows how do to cool stuff!

    Rank: Deputized with 165 points
    By Marty (@martyedwards)

    I love role playing games and Angry Birds, so really looking forward to this.

    Rank: Master Slinger with 5500 points
    By SeasonsKing (@theangrybird)

    Can’t really imagine how this will become when it is released later, this is totally different from Angry Birds, will it be successful?

    Rank: Sling God with 21200 points
    By SweetP (@sweetp)

    I’m hoping it is a success! @theangrybird, this is probably why they’re doing a “soft launch” (like beta testing) at first to a few players to get feedback on what they like/dislike and if any bugs need to be addressed. After making the improvements/changes to the game, do an official release, and hope that it becomes as popular as the other AB games.

    Rank: Explosive with 2130 points
    By Valous (@guinness1079)

    This is going to be EPIC, I hope it comes out after my exams in May or I am screwed. Really looking forward to this. I hope that it can be played without the influence of outside players. I’m not hard-core so wont be on it 24/7.

    Rank: Shooter with 945 points
    By Alfiandi Hestiono (@alfiandi)

    This EPIC! This new Angry Birds game is a good step for Rovio which choose RPG genre, rather than normal bird-flinging gameplay for their new game. :)

    By Contributor

    I like it too. I’ve always loved RPGs (especially the M&L series) and hope this will be as good as the others.

    Rank: Gold Flinger with 7690 points
    By Mighty (@abhinav123)

    what is M&L?

    By Justen Britt

    Mario & Luigi

    By Contributor

    Yep.

    Rank: Gold Flinger with 9345 points
    By Jay (@jaythecanadian)

    I’m not into RPGs but I’ll check it out and try it when it comes out.

    Rank: Explosive with 2300 points
    By Lovableleaf (@lovable-leaf907)

    This is the first RPG I’ll play.

    Rank: Master Slinger with 5350 points
    By PiGurporal Porker (@mpg973)

    Waaooow! Awwwssommme! It’s best Angry Birds game.
    Chuck bird looks like the Halloween jugglers!

    Rank: Master Slinger with 5160 points
    By Xano2323 (@xano2323)

    Chuck seems like the Black Mage of the group. Can cast powerful magic, but lacking in health.

    Rank: Gold Flinger with 9830 points
    By Chris (@chriss)

    Oh no. I’m very disappointed. :-( A “free” game always means that there will be a lot of IAP.

    Why not sell the game for 99 cents and leave the IAP away?

    Rank: Pig Leader with 10660 points
    By nacho18 (@nacho18)

    I am totally agree with you Cris.

    By Contributor

    I know. Just like Go! did. Now that Rovio made Rio free, they took away daily Power Ups. I don’t really use them but still.

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    By Bird Leader (@birdleader)

    No doubt that there will be IAPs, as so far that’s proven to be the most successful way for game developers to actually monetize their games. With that said, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. We really have no idea what the structure will look like.

    Rank: Sling God with 26055 points
    By sal9 (@sal9)

    To quote a “friend”:

    $3+ mobile game – “Too expensive”
    $2 mobile game – “Should be $1”
    $1 mobile game – “Should be free”
    Free mobile game – “Ick … Oh no!, freemium”

    ~(°▿°)~

    Rank: Boss Hog with 13330 points
    By kathi17 (@kathi17)

    I’d rather pay than have IAPs too. I don’t make IAPs, and if they are required to play, then I probably won’t.

    I also don’t like it when you have to be on line to play, because unless I am at home, I don’t have internet or cell phone connection.

    I’d love to have an AB RPG, but only if I can use it anywhere.

    Rank: Avian Overlord with 18470 points
    By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

    Freemium games can be played totally free at slowier pace, so what’s hurry. Play it free and enjoy. Thumbs up for Rovio.

    Rank: Well Traveled with 1990 points
    By Sandeep (@sandeep-kamath)

    I agree with you @cosmo2503 . I prefer free games.

    Rank: Well Traveled with 1850 points
    By Adrian McShade (@adrianchau)

    I’m gonna try this out, but I wonder if this will be another successful title like AB Go!…
    I personally predict that Rovio will also be using AB EPIC to squeeze the money out of our wallets…

    Rank: Pig Leader with 10660 points
    By nacho18 (@nacho18)

    What successful game over ABGO ; you are talking about.!!! Is not : if you visit often Forum you’ll see are very few players actively on this trend : maybe there are many thousands players playing the game but not MILLIONS. This Game was Designed to squeezed our money. But there are few players that they play on free mode not spending any penny . There is a System wrongly stablished to pay with a lot gems to Pass Missions or the Whole Challenge. And fir that you have to use Powers Ups. Which one are to expensive : very Very bad last update from ROVIO to us ( we the drivers that Love this Game) …!!! Sorry why you are thinking it’s successful Game tell us Why!!!
    Please gives us an explanation.!!!!

    Rank: Well Traveled with 1850 points
    By Adrian McShade (@adrianchau)

    Oh, seems that I was trying say that I liked AB Go, and wonder whether AB EPIC would really catch my interest in it.
    Sorry for the confusion.

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    By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

    Isn’t money making true essence of any business? Why do people always complain about “greedy” companies who only want to squzee money out of their wallets?

    Rank: Sling God with 22875 points
    By SnTrooper (@sntrooper)

    This looks interesting. I just hope it will work on my device, unlike Go.

    By Contributor

    It likely will. Notice that the game isn’t 3D. Go likely didn’t work on your device because it has 3D graphics.

    Rank: Master Slinger with 5350 points
    By PiGurporal Porker (@mpg973)

    Is Chuck a Red-man? See that feather on his hat.
    And Red’s hair looks like Anakin Skywalker’s. It’s beautiful. he is a Guard for their eggs.
    What do you think about BOMB bird?

    By Contributor

    I think the ‘hair’ is part of his hat.

    By Contributor

    Bomb’s hat looks like Captain Panaka’s.

    Rank: Master Slinger with 5350 points
    By PiGurporal Porker (@mpg973)

    Oh, Matilda looks like Darth Sidious and has a cape.
    In the picture, bottom left piggy looks like Tusken Raider and bottom right piggy looks like Zam Wesell!
    Where are Hal and Stella?

    Rank: Master Slinger with 6375 points
    By AngryBirdsSpaceMaster (@spacemaster)

    @dr-omega Out of curiosity, where did you find all of this?

    Rank: Gold Flinger with 9660 points
    By Dr. Omega (@dr-omega)

    I’d prefer not to reveal my sources, for a number of reasons.

    Rank: Sling God with 27260 points
    By Joey (@joeyba)

    I think the new concepts they make to AB are different: GO and now Epic!
    They might have their players. Not sure it’s for me though. I prefer the classic AB style.
    But then again, let’s wait and see what it’s about.

    By Contributor

    Well, Angry Birds Stella looks like it will have something sort of like a slingshot.

    Rank: Master Slinger with 6850 points
    By Coveleski (@coveleski)

    There is information, that battle system will be turn-based, and here is the first screen – http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/angry-birds-epic-game.png?w=1024&h=576

    Also, several sites report, that game will soft launch later this week.

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    By Coveleski (@coveleski)
    Rank: Well Traveled with 1965 points
    By Mike (@erika-rieger)

    That’s so cool

    Rank: Master Slinger with 5160 points
    By Xano2323 (@xano2323)

    Matilda looks like she’s going to be the healer of the group.

    Rank: Master Slinger with 6760 points
    By username12345 (@blahalb09)

    The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was South Park: The Stick of Truth. There are so many similarities between Angry Birds Epic and The Stick of Truth, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rovio just stole this idea from them. Although I don’t think this will be as good as The Stick of Truth, I still have high expectations for this game, and I hope that it will be a fun game to play.

    By Keegan

    I feel really stupid asking this, but what’s an RPG?

    Rank: Champion with 3060 points
    By DH Kim (@dh-kim)

    Role-Playing Game. It seems you must grow (or whatever) your characters and battle against the adversaries.

    By Keegan

    You mean like in Clash of Clans?

    By Contributor

    Yep, pretty much.You have a turn based strategy system and upgrade your characters to fight enemies easier. You also sometimes use items for various reasons (double health, stronger attacks,etc.).

    Rank: Explosive with 2055 points
    By rost (@rost)

    Okay, should be alright. I like RPG games, but after a while I start failing and just stop playing. But, since its Angry Birds….. :l

    By ladyrocky

    I must say, that even though I doubt if this game will succeed, Rovio makes really good job with game art. Does any other mobile game have as talented drawn and coloured art like this? Maybe some, but it’s very limited. The toons are also quality work. Comics – well they need some more work with storyline and in finnish version of comics they need to speak in right grammar (that’s right – there is already Angry Birds comics in Finland! 3rd comic magazine is coming next week. The comics are drawn by popular Disney comic artist such as Ferioli, Rodriques and my favourite, Giorgio Cavazzano!) Even If i some day stop playing AB, I will follow their twitter an fb and admire their art. They are really talented!
    I wonder if there will be telepods of this?

    By Contributor

    Likely. There are Telepods of every recent AB game, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they come in handy here, too. Don’t really see where they fit in, though.

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    By Greeny the Green Bird (@greeny356)

    I can’t stop saying WOAH..in my head

    Rank: Gold Flinger with 9800 points
    By trainman2012 (@trainman2012)

    Well I’m not a fan of RPGs but I’m willing to give it a try.

    Rank: Master Slinger with 7305 points
    By surfcow (@surfcow)

    Excuse me, but if the Angry Birds get to use Rocket-Propelled Grenades (RPG) against the poor piggies, how is that gonna be fun or even fair? Aloha.

    Rank: Champion with 3060 points
    By DH Kim (@dh-kim)

    I laughed hard! LOL

    By Contributor

    Me too!!

    Rank: Pig Leader with 12180 points
    By Bad piggies (@bad-piggies-2)

    Can someone please answer:
    Can I somehow get in trouble by creating a fake apple id?

    By Anon

    You won’t get in trouble most likely, but its against the Terms of Service. I’ve got a Canadian app store id set up and download all the games that arent out here from there. You will have to switch between the ids every time the game updates though, but once you have it downloaded you can just log back into your normal apple id.

    Rank: Pig Leader with 12180 points
    By Bad piggies (@bad-piggies-2)

    Most likely… I don´t know if I want to do this. I would really like the game as soon as possible, but I don´t like doing illegal things.

    Rank: Avian Overlord with 18470 points
    By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

    C’mon @bad-piggies-2 it is not anything against low, nothing really harful to society or any of companies involved in business (Apple and Rovio). I assume you are still teenager and will not encourage you to create fake account, but still it will not have any consequences.

    By Contributor

    Yeah, me neither, though it isn’t illegal.

    By alireza

    hi, is there any news about p.c Version?!

    Rank: Pig Leader with 12180 points
    By Bad piggies (@bad-piggies-2)

    It seems like it´s only coming to android, iOS and windows phone. But ABSW2 came first to mobile but also to pc after a while, so ABEpic might come to PC in the future. But it´s not so likely as it´s a free app with iap.

    Rank: Sling God with 20015 points
    By dmsral (@dmsral)

    So can a First Person Flinger game be far behind?

    By Contributor

    That would actually be pretty cool, but I don’t see Rovio doing that anytime soon. I would be expecting a Toons graphic change to ABC (like they did with Rio).

    Rank: Sling God with 49895 points
    By wrw01 (@wrw01)

    Looks like a combination of various aspects of Angry Birds, AB Star Wars 2, GO and Icebreaker/Juice Cubes (maps). The ABN/Rovio information presents the anticipation of a great game. Looking forward to its release. Role playing games have been fun for the few that I have tried over the years.

    Rank: Master Slinger with 5160 points
    By Xano2323 (@xano2323)

    I don’t like the sound of “free game”. Usually, to balance it out, they have an energy system. It happened with ABG, I certainly hope it won’t happen with this game.

    Rank: Boss Hog with 14205 points
    By Josm (@josm)

    Angry Birds Facebook comment: ‘It will be soft launching in Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the next few days, with further countries coming later.’

    Rank: Avian Overlord with 18470 points
    By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

    @josm that’s great news. Thanks for sharing.

    By Contributor

    In a FEW DAYS!? Wow! I can’t wait! Lets hope it comes soon.

    Rank: Champion with 3695 points

    It seems that Chuck as become the second most common bird next to Red.

    … *puts shades on* B)

    By Contributor

    I see you’ve changed your avatar.

    Rank: Pig Leader with 12180 points
    By Bad piggies (@bad-piggies-2)

    Wow
    When I went in to epic.angrybirds.com it said that chrome couldn´t find the page but that it had a cached copy of it where you can find a lot of info about the game!

    Rank: Boss Hog with 14205 points
    By Josm (@josm)

    yeah me to, i think they are working on the page right now, its been like this since 8 hours now, but this info is there since last hour:

    Main header

    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!

    EPIC WEAPONS!

    Craft amazing battle-winning weapons like a wooden sword, frying pan or stick thingy with a sponge on top!

    EPIC Upgrades!

    Level up your characters, armor, weapons and potions to become a legendary hero ready to take on the mightiest pig warrior!

    EPIC battles!

    Turn-based battles between our heroic flock of warriors and those green snout-nosed scoundrels! It’s easy to play, but difficult to master!

    EPIC WORLDS!

    Explore a fantasy Piggy Island with everything from tribal villages and frosty mountains to tropical beaches and mysterious caves!

    Rank: Pig Leader with 12180 points
    By Bad piggies (@bad-piggies-2)

    Yep. I got the same. And a few picture links that were not working

    Rank: Boss Hog with 14205 points
    By Josm (@josm)

    nope, looks like 3 characters are coming, red,chuck and one called back (is black?)saw this in the page source

    Rank: Gold Flinger with 9660 points
    By Dr. Omega (@dr-omega)

    Pretty sure that is shorthand for “background” as the Red and Chuck images were on scrolls. The image next to them was blank, showing the background used under the scrolls.

    Rank: Boss Hog with 14205 points
    By Josm (@josm)

    yes you may be right

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    By Josm (@josm)

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