Following last week’s news that the Angry Birds franchise will get an RPG spin-off with turn-based gameplay for birds fighting pigs, Rovio has posted an official gameplay trailer of Angry Birds Epic. The video shows various characters engaged in fights with a classic RPG battle perspective; there’s a glimpse of the crafting system, which will allow players to create items and weapons. The game seems to borrow heavily from the tradition of turn-based RPGs: there’s a job system with classes such as Knight and Mage, a world map to explore, and stats to upgrade to make characters more powerful.
Angry Birds Epic has also received a new website, which confirms that the game will be a free RPG; Rovio hasn’t indicated how a possible In-App Purchase system will fit in the gameplay yet. While the Finnish game maker’s first hit and subsequent games used a paid model with unlockable extras, Rovio adopted a free-to-play strategy with last year’s Angry Birds Go, a racing-themed spin-off. The annoyance of several In-App Purchases through the game was mentioned in reviews, with The Verge noting that its design was “hampered by its free-to-play structure”.
Angry Birds Epic launches today in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand for iOS, with more countries to follow soon.
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