'Angry Birds' for Windows Phone 7 on hold until 2011
Casual game developer Rovio Mobile stated its wildly popular Angry Birds will not expand to Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) fledgling Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system until 2011. Rumors indicated Rovio would introduce a version of Angry Birds optimized for Windows Phone 7 smartphones prior to the end of 2010, but the firm scotched the buzz via Twitter--in response to a tweet asking "To confirm, no Angry Birds for WP7 this calendar year, right?" Rovio writes "Never say never, but it's highly unlikely."
Angry Birds consistently ranks among the top-selling mobile titles across the iOS platform, with downloads in excess of 7 million--in addition, more than 2 million Android smartphone users downloaded the game within its first 48 hours of release. The puzzle game, which brings to life the epic battle between a flock of vengeful birds and the green pigs who stole their eggs, boasts 180 gameplay levels, leaderboards, achievements and social media integration.
For a time, there was some question whether Rovio would even introduce a Windows Phone 7 edition of Angry Birds. "We have NOT committed to doing a Windows Phone 7 version," Rovio Mobile tweeted in October after a posting on the Microsoft website erroneously suggested the franchise would land on WP7, adding "Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission." Microsoft quickly issued a statement accepting blame for the mix-up, explaining "It appears information was mistakenly posted to Microsoft's website, and has been removed." A subsequent tweet clarified Rovio's position: "We didn't get mad, just wanted to set the record straight," the firm explained. "And we haven't said we wouldn't do WP7."
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