Angry Birds 2, the next iteration of a franchise a dozen games deep, will be released July 30, developer Rovio Entertainment revealed this week.
"With 3 billion game downloads, millions of fans across the globe, multiple mashups and spin-offs, collaborations with A-list celebrities and much more, we’re really proud that Angry Birds is the mother of all mobile game apps," the post reads. "And now we’re proud to announce the mother of all sequels – Angry Birds 2!"
What, exactly, a numbered sequel in the context of a wildly popular franchise isn't clear. Here's what the Angry Birds games ecosystem looks like now:
- Angry Birds
- Angry Birds Seasons
- Angry Birds Rio
- Angry Birds Friends
- Angry Birds Space
- Angry Birds Star Wars
- Angry Birds Star Wars 2
- Angry Birds Go
- Angry Birds Epic
- Angry Birds Transformers
- Angry Birds Fight
- Angry Birds Under Pigstruction
There have also been three spin-offs — Bad Piggies, Angry Birds Stella and Angry Birds Stella Pop — as well as ports to just about every electronics device imaginable (excluding most microwaves). The franchise's reach doesn't stop there: Sony's making an animated Angry Birds movie set for release next summer. It's not the series' first animated project. Also Angry Birds Lego sets are also in the works. Of course, it doesn't stop at video games or toys. Angry Birds appear on clothing, in books and are, as far as we can tell, legally obligated to fill half the claw machines at the Jersey Shore.
The next sequel will arrive as Rovio's franchise has faded in popularity since its zenith a few years ago. In March, Rovio announced that mobile revenue was up but sales were down and profit dropped 73 percent year-over-year.
According to Rovio's post, it'll be dropping details about Angry Birds 2 in the next two weeks before the game hits unspecified app stores.