While there will be no Angry Birds 2, according to developer Rovio, the mega-popular casual game may see a followup starring the bird egg-stealing green pigs. This and other juicy Bird info was revealed at the inaugural Social Gaming and Virtual Goods Summits last week, where CEO Peter Vesterbacka and other Rovio executives spoke on the future of the franchise. Besides bringing the birds to nearly every possible medium — TV and movie deals are reportedly in the words — the company is also licensing out the characters for toys, along with porting the title to all three major home gaming consoles. As reported in Twitter summaries of the event, Rovio is aiming for Tetris- and Mario-like popularity, and it seems to be off to a great start.
Interestingly, Rovio addressed the lack of a paid version in the Android Market (annoyance with the ad-supported title has engendered several workarounds), claiming that the platform’s payment system is not yet mature enough to effectively thwart piracy. The speaker went on to say that the five million (and counting) Android downloads “means a very healthy income from ads.”
Perhaps the best news out of the event was word of a multiplayer version of Angry Birds, which — and this makes us happier than you can possibly imagine — is said to offer gameplay similar to old-school Worms, that classic turn-based strategy game which lost much of its fun in the transition to 3D. Finally, the company is apparently pouring much of its current resources into a Facebook game, which while not a direct Birds port, will take place in the same world.