The Angry Birds are Going Mental With New VR Content and AR Game
Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds franchise dipped its toes into the immersive waters of mixed reality (MR) last year with a Magic Leap version, followed by a virtual reality (VR) edition in February. This is all thanks to a collaboration with Resolution Games and it looks like the pair aren’t stopping there, expanding the VR version in terms of content and support, as well as announcing an augmented reality (AR) videogame for mobile.
On the Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs the title is now arriving on Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headsets today, with a PlayStation VR version landing next Tuesday, 26th March. Additionally, the videogame will be getting 13 new levels in a spooky update.
Fans will now have to battle a new boss pig, Dr. Frankenswine, who takes over the entire island, steals the eggs and turns it into a petrifying paradise. Set on Maliboo Beach, players will find new gameplay elements, including the Alchemy Bomb, and the tricksy cube that transforms other blocks when it explodes.
“The response to the game so far has been very motivating. We’ve been eager to get the game live on more platforms and are ready for more players to try their hand at the virtual slingshot,” said Tommy Palm, Resolution Games co-founder and CEO in a statement. “We’ve also been listening to community feedback and are excited to get the new content out, which will add new challenges for those star-seeking players.”
And then there is the Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs which is coming to iOS devices. Using Apple’s ARKit technology players will now be able to view the videogame in a whole new way, able to overlay the 3D buildings into the real world, helping get that perfect shot and angle.
“We’re delighted to bring the beloved physics-based gameplay of Angry Birds to life through augmented reality,” said Kati Levoranta, CEO at Rovio Entertainment. “It’s an especially timely moment to bring our avian friends to mobile AR for the first time, as this year marks the tenth anniversary since the release of the first Angry Birds game.”
Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs is available now for $14.99 USD/ £11.39 GBP on Steam for Windows Mixed Reality headsets as well as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs is available for pre-order today on the App Store, with the global release due to happen in Spring 2019 featuring at least 40 levels. For further updates, keep reading VRFocus.