Rovio revealed that Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will be officially removed on Android and the game’s name will be replaced on iOS due to “the impact this game has on our broader portfolio of games”.
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Rovio Classics: Angry Bird Officially Removed on Android, Why?
On Twitter, Rovio has revealed that Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will be removed on Android and renamed Red’s First Flight on iOS due to “the impact this game has on our broader portfolio of games”.
Unlike other Angry Birds games, Rovio Classics: Angry Bird is not a free-to-play game, but the game is priced at 1 USD and there are no microtransactions. Any user who has downloaded this game can still access it after deletion.
Here is Rovio’s full statement on the changes:
We have reviewed the business case for Rovio Classics: Angry Birds, and due to the impact this game has on our broader portfolio of games, we have decided that Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will be removed from the Google Play Store on Thursday, February 23. Additionally, the game will be renamed Red’s First Flight on the App Store pending further review. Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will remain playable on devices that have downloaded the game, even after its removal.
We understand that this is sad news for many fans, as well as the team that has worked so hard to make Rovio Classics: Angry Birds a reality. We are very grateful to the Angry Birds fans who have shown their love for the brand and the game since the very beginning. We hope those fans can continue to bring that passion to Angry Birds catapult games like Angry Birds 2, Angry Birds Friends, and Angry Birds Journey, where our goal every day is to create the best possible experience for players.Rovio
VGC later reported that Rovio’s community manager, Shawn Buckelew, further explained the decision while responding to users on the Discord server.
As the statement says, this has a negative impact on our other games which is our focus as a company.
If other games don’t develop and grow, then the whole company’s outlook will change. It will be harder to make new games or work on new projects. I’m not sure that’s something you want.Shawn Buckelew, Community Manager of Rovio