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Rovio Entertainment’s hugely popular video game franchise crossed a milestone as Angry Birds Trilogy topped 1 million units sold across Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo3DS.
Last fall, the game maker partnered with Activision Publishing to release the console and portable version of its games, which will hit Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems later this year.
“Angry Birds‘ proven formula for fun and addicting gameplay translated perfectly to the big screen, and the consumer response has been overwhelming,” said Jennifer Mirabelli, vp sales and marketing at Activision Publishing.
The sales figures are worth noting since the app version of Angry Birds has been downloaded more than a billion times across such platforms as Apple iOS and Google Play.
“It was certainly satisfying to see Angry Birds gameplay adapt so well to other platforms in 2012,” said Petri Jarvilehto, Rovio’s executive vp games. “The features specific to the Wii U are very intriguing to us, so we’re excited to release this version to fans.”
Angry Birds Trilogy was completely re-created in high definition with refined controls for the PlayStation Move and Kinect for Xbox 360. Gamers can play with all-new animations and interactive backgrounds through more than 700 levels for at least 150 hours. Angry Birds Trilogy: Anger Management, the recently released DLC pack, features even more content with 130 fan-favorite puzzles including “Wreck the Halls” and “Birdday Party.”
And that’s not the only time the vengeful birds will be targeting pigs on a different screen. Rovio has enlisted producer John Cohen (Despicable Me) to produce the animated feature Angry Birds 3D. The game studio previously hired David Maisel, former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man, as executive producer of the project. Produce and financed by Rovio, the movie is set for release in summer 2016.
The company also is planning a global rollout of Angry Birds theme parks. The first parks opened last year in Finland and the U.K., and one in Shanghai will open this year. Parks also are planned for Russia within the next 12 months, with expansion into additional European countries to follow.
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