The first new game by Rovio in over a year, Angry Birds Space is the next step in the company’s franchise, and it’s coming out on March 22. Previously teased online, Rovio has now updated the game’s webpage with an official trailer featuring a NASA engineer talking about the game and the new physics engine behind it. Based in a weightless environment, the basic gist of the game seems to be that in such conditions, trajectories are affected by gravity, and objects end up following curves, rather than straight lines. Using a “galactic slingshot” in footage shot on-location at the International Space Station, NASA’s Don Pettit explains how astronauts and scientists have to consider these changes in physics and gravity when they are in outer space; apparently, this mechanic will be brought to Angry Birds Space in a fairly accurate representation.
Angry Birds isn’t new to physics. In fact, we could say that the entire franchise has been so successful thanks to its user-friendly implementation of actual law of physics that take into account gravity, weight, trajectories, and speed through a multitouch interface. From what we can see in the trailer, surprisingly demoed on a Galaxy Note, the new Angry Birds will work as a crossover between the original game and Super Mario Galaxy — those who have played Nintendo’s Wii game might remember how planets affected Mario’s jumps and moves when floating in space. It looks like Angry Birds Space will somehow translate that gameplay in 2D scenes while mixing it with new birds, new pigs, and new actions with the ultimate goal of giving the franchise a new spin and an entirely new set of physics users will have to adapt to.
Angry Birds Space will be released on March 22 on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. Check out the official video below.
Update: More screenshots and information directly from Rovio.
- 60 interstellar levels!
- Regular free updates!
- Brand new birds!
- Brand new superpowers!
- Zero-gravity space adventures!
- Trick shots using planets’ gravity!
- New in-app purchases for iOS!
- Hidden bonus levels!
- Beautifully detailed backgrounds!
After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy – surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own…
Angry Birds Space features 60 interstellar levels on planets and in zero gravity, resulting in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With regular free updates, new in-app purchases, brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit!