Angry Birds teams up with Star Wars

The latest installment in the "Angry Birds" franchise, "Angry Birds Star Wars."

The Angry Birds are back in space, but this time they’re traveling to a galaxy far, far away.

“Angry Birds Star Wars” combines the world’s biggest science fiction phenomenon with one of the most popular mobile games of all time. The game will be released on Nov. 8, for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Mac, PC, Windows Phone and Windows 8.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to create new and fun experiences for ‘Star Wars’ fans around the world, and video games have always been a key element of that,” Paul Southern, vice president of licensing for Lucasfilm, told Metro World News. “With over a billion downloads to date, ‘Angry Birds’ is the first entertainment phenomenon that has been born out of the rapidly growing and increasingly important casual games digital space.”

Each bird will have special powers that will be aligned with a corresponding “Star Wars” character. For example, the beloved red bird that you meet in the first levels will be none other than protagonist Luke Skywalker. The yellow bird harnesses the spirit of Han Solo.

The backgrounds will also be nostalgic for “Star Wars” fans as they take players to the various locations in the movies, including the desert planet of Tatooine and the ominous Death Star.

Southern adds that “Angry Birds Star Wars” will allow both companies to join forces to create a merchandise experience that will let fans experience the digital game in the real world.  This includes new “Star Wars” Angry Birds plush toys and action figures, which will be available on Oct. 28 at select stores.

“This is the best Angry Birds game we’ve ever done. It’s the best parts of Angry Birds with all new cutting-edge gameplay set in in a galaxy far, far away,” Peter Vesterbacka, the Mighty Eagle and CMO of Rovio, added in a press release. “As a big Star Wars fan myself, I’m really excited about this new universe. The Force is definitely strong with this one.”

The “Star Wars” edition marks the fifth installment of the “Angry Birds” saga, which includes “Angry Birds Space,” “Angry Birds Seasons,” “Angry Birds Rio” and the original “Angry Birds.”



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