Rovio, the team behind the phenomenal mobile game hit Angry Birds, has proudly announced that their game has already been downloaded for 1.7 billion times. It would be recalled that last year, the company revealed that it reached 1 billion downloads in May 2012.
From its release as a mobile game for iOS in 2009, Angry Birds has grown into a large video game franchise that prompted Rovio to start offering it for other platforms, such as Android, Windows Phone, and Symbian. It also moved from smartphones and tablet to PCs and gaming consoles, and inspired various forms of merchandise.
To date, Rovio has made available several free upgrades to the original game, such as Bad Piggies, Ham ‘Em High, and Golden Eggs, among many others.
Special editions of the slingshot game were also released, including Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space, and Angry Birds Star Wars.
To celebrate this massive success and to widen the game’s reach even further, Rovio has created a 52-episode cartoon series called Angry Birds Toons featuring the characters from the game. According to Mikael Hed, the CEO of Rovio, the cartoon series will tell viewers about the story behind the game. The series will be aired starting March 16 to 17 in many television channels around the world. These are FOX8-Australia, ANTV-Indonesia, TV2-Norway, Canal 13-Chile, and MTV3 Juniori and MTV3-Finland, 1+1 networks-Ukraine, among several others. Meanwhile, in the United States, the Angry Birds Toons channel may be viewed via Comcast Xfinity on Demand. Fans of the puzzle game will also be able to watch the series on the Xfinity website, and the Xfinity TV Player app, in case Angry Birds Toons is not aired where they live.
Apart from the cartoon series, Rovio is also preparing for a feature-length film that is slated to be released in 2016. The Angry Birds movie will reportedly be produced by John Cohen, worked on various projects such as Despicable Me, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Ice Age, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Robots, and Hop.