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Rovio says 'Angry Birds Space' not headed to Windows Phone for now

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Mar 2012 13:50 User comments (7)

Rovio says 'Angry Birds Space' not headed to Windows Phone for now Rovio has said today that "Angry Birds Space" will not be headed to Windows Phone devices, which should hurt the fledgling operating system.
Says the developer: "We're the No. 1 app in the Windows Phone app store, but it's a big undertaking to support it, and you have to completely rewrite the application."

The popular developer has no plans to bring the game to the platform in the near future although the company did leave the door open saying it is looking to bring the game to "all relevant platforms."

Analysts see the move as a huge blow to Microsoft and Nokia, who are the primary backers of the operating system and have invested many millions into marketing and new designs: "This is a worrying development for Windows Phone because it suggests that Rovio does not have much confidence in its future," says Nomura analyst Richard Windsor. "As the standard version is already number one on the Windows Phone app store, it gives a strong indication that no one else will expect to be making money writing for this platform either."

Angry Birds Space, the highly-anticipated next entry in the series, was released last week on Android and iOS. The game features "zero-gravity" levels and some new birds, adding a new twist to the game.

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7 user comments

124.3.2012 14:15

This report has been superseded, from Reuters:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/...E8EN7NH20120323

224.3.2012 16:02

people still play this?

324.3.2012 16:32

I know I do. It's something to do in between tasks. The new one by far is the best tho. Adding G-Force to the play was spot on fun.

424.3.2012 17:17

Originally posted by elfman12:
This report has been superseded, from Reuters:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/...E8EN7NH20120323
That was after they panicked at Microsoft and Nokia and wound up paying Rovio for supporting their dead platform.

524.3.2012 21:12

Originally posted by Taalen:

That was after they panicked at Microsoft and Nokia and wound up paying Rovio for supporting their dead platform.
Do you have a source for that, or is that just speculation?

625.3.2012 1:39

Originally posted by elfman12:
Originally posted by Taalen:

That was after they panicked at Microsoft and Nokia and wound up paying Rovio for supporting their dead platform.
Do you have a source for that, or is that just speculation?
Some call it speculation, others an obvious conclusion, especially considering the original bit of news wasn't a mistake but an actual announcement from Rovio's marketing boss. Sure, it was probably a calculated move to get MS pay for the development to begin with - MS certainly needs them more than they need them, precisely for the reasons mentioned in the article. The message it sends to other developers when the makers of the best selling app think the platform is so small without signs of improvement that it's not economically feasible to support it.

I'm not saying it's the certain truth, but it is by far the most credible scenario I can think of or have seen - and certainly seems to be how it's seen.

726.3.2012 16:04

Originally posted by Taalen:
Originally posted by elfman12:
This report has been superseded, from Reuters:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/...E8EN7NH20120323
That was after they panicked at Microsoft and Nokia and wound up paying Rovio for supporting their dead platform.

MS is paying just about EVERYONE to support Windows Phone, from the phone designers/manufacturers to the professional devs.

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