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Flappy Bird creator will bring the game back, but 'not soon'

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Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen will re-release the tremendously popular mobile game, but "not soon," he confirmed yesterday on Twitter.

In response to a question asking if he plans to put Flappy Bird back on the iTunes App Store, Nguyen said, "Yes. But not soon," and later confirmed that he will also bring back the Android version. According to Nguyen, the upcoming re-release "will not be the original game but a better one," and he will release it "when it is done," he said.

Nguyen previously told Rolling Stone that he was "considering" bringing back Flappy Bird. He originally released the screen-tapping sensation last May, but it didn't become a hit until this past January, when it was reportedly collecting $50,000 in ad revenue per day. In early February, Nguyen removed Flappy Bird from Google Play and the App Store, after deciding that its addictive nature had become problematic and that he was receiving too much abuse about the game online.

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