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Angry Birds movie set for 1st July 2016

Here's hoping Mickey Rourke is involved.

The long discussed Angry Birds movie has officially fallen into the hands of Sony Pictures Entertainment, where the game's developer Rovio announced it's set to come out 1st July 2016. That's a Friday, so clear your calenders now.

The Angry Birds movie officially announced

The Angry Birds movie officially announced

Coming to theaters in summer of 2016.

Angry Birds developer Rovio Entertainment has officially announced that it's making a feature film based on the popular mobile game.

Due in summer of 2016, the CG-animated movie is being produced by John Cohen, who recently produced Despicable Me. Former chairman of Marvel Studios and executive producer of Iron Man, David Maisel, will act as executive producer of the film.

Rovio will retain full creative control over the project by producing and financing the movie "outside the studio system," whatever that means.

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Angry Birds Space's Red Planet update is now live

Angry Birds Space's Red Planet update is now live

Guest starring the Curiosity rover as itself.

Angry Birds developer Rovio along with actual rocket scientists NASA have combined forces to bring a Mars-themed update to our cosmic flying fowl.

The expansion sees the nefarious pigs hijacking the Mars Curiosity rover to use its insane technology to scour for eggs. Clearly they must be stopped.

The update adds 20 new levels and an all new astronauts pig, Rovio has announced. Additionally, finding three hidden rovers and landers will open special bonus levels where players can discover more about the NASA missions.

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Activision confirms it's publishing Angry Birds HD on consoles

Activision confirms it's publishing Angry Birds HD on consoles

As Angry Birds Space hits 100m downloads.

Activision is publishing Angry Birds HD on consoles.

The Escapist had noticed a short glimpse at something Angry Birds related on Activision's E3 booth screen. It's showing the Activision logo getting hit by a little red bird which then explodes into feathers.

"We'll have some news for you in about two weeks," Activision told the website. "Wait until you see Angry Birds on consoles in HD."

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App of the Day: Angry Birds Space

If familiarity breeds contempt, then Rovio's avian-flinging physics puzzler must be one of the most reviled games around. Downloaded millions of times, the series has entranced normal people the world over, yet been greeted mostly with disdain by gamers.

For the game's critics, its sins are many: gameplay that seems to favour blind luck, a scoring system that is almost impossible to decipher and a heavy reliance on DLC, turning out 10 updates for Angry Birds Seasons in just under 18 months, have all tapped into core player fears regarding the shallow, craven nature of mobile gaming. More than anything, it's the suspicion that having hit on a winning formula, Rovio is content to churn out more of the same, doing little to grow the game beneath.

So it comes as something of a surprise that Angry Birds Space is downright ambitious. It's certainly the first game bearing those green porcine faces and bulbous birds to feel like an actual sequel, an evolution rather than a quick palette swap.

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Angry Birds Space release date

Angry Birds Space release date

Has gravitational pulls, special powers.

Angry Birds Space has been announced by NASA astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station (video below).

All that trouble was gone to, to demonstrate that Angry Birds Space is different. It's still fling-bird-at-pig, but this time with gravitational pulls and special powers.

Angry Birds Space will be released for Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC on 22nd March, according to The Guardian.

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Angry Birds Space announced

Angry Birds Space announced

Rovio's latest leaves the launch pad next month.

Seemingly unsatisfied with conquering the earthly realm, Angry Birds developer Rovio has set its sights on the heavens with the next game in its ubiquitous smartphone smash.

The Finnish developer today announced that Angry Birds Space takes off from March 22nd. No specific platforms were mentioned, though VentureBeat reports that we can expect "simultaneous launches in mobile gaming, animation, retail, and publishing."

Indeed, it seems this will be quite the undertaking for Rovio, with the developer insisting it will be "the biggest game launch since the original Angry Birds."

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