They've launched into space, battled stormtroopers and raced in go-karts. Now the Angry Birds are getting a proper sequel.
Rovio confirmed it will release Angry Birds 2, an official follow-up to the company's popular Angry Birds mobile game, by the end of the month.
Of course, Rovio has released several spinoffs since the launch of the original Angry Birds in 2009. The game features players flinging birds with a slingshot, attempting to knock out groups of pigs hiding in various structures. Games include Angry Birds: Star Wars, kart-racing game Angry Birds Go! and role-playing adventure Angry Birds Epic.
Angry Birds has been a massive hit for Rovio, totaling more than 3 billion downloads over its lifetime and spawning endless apparel from t-shirts to toys. However, mobile game players have flocked to newer titles including Candy Crush Saga from publisher King, pushing Angry Birds out of the spotlight.
In March, Rovio reported 2014 revenue of $172.3 million, down 9% year over year. At the start of the year, Nokia veteran Pekka Rantala took over as Rovio's CEO, replacing Mikael Hed.