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Angry Birds Space set to launch March 22

Posted by bryanh on Mar 8, 2012, Categories: Mobile News

The “Angry Birds” splash screen in Russian.

Will “Angry Birds Space” make these birds cosmonauts? (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Андрей Мега/Wikipedia)

You have head of “Angry Birds” if you’ve ever been near someone with a smartphone. However, everything you know about “Angry Birds” is about to be launched into space, reports TechCrunch. On March 22, developer Rovio will release “Angry Birds Space,” what the company is calling its biggest launch to date, beating even its “Angry Birds Rio” partnership with 20th Century Fox.

Nothing bigger than space

“Angry Birds Space” will be the latest in what has proven to be the most popular mobile game line ever. “Angry Birds Seasons” and “Angry Birds Rio” were well-received both critically and by gamers who can’t get enough of the cute physics-based action. Both of those mobile games were earthbound, however. With “Angry Birds Space,” Rovio will have lift off.

A gravity-free pig hunt

As with all games in the “Angry Birds” aerie, the nasty green pigs have stolen the birds’ eggs, and the birds are angry. They’re so angry that they’re prepared to hurl themselves through the void of space in order to wreak avian vengeance upon the heads of the porcine perpetrators.

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This time, gravity – or lack thereof, to be specific – plays a major role in how the game is played. TechCrunch reports that Rovio is indeed playing by the physical laws of space, which means that the Angry Bird’s flight toward the offending green pigs is gravity-free. In order to illustrate just how things will work in “Angry Birds Space,” NASA astronaut Don Pettit taped a demonstration on board the International Space Station (see below) that demonstrates how an object like an Angry Bird will fly when fired from a slingshot under zero-gravity. Without gravity to pull the bird downward, its path is quite straight.

“We’re seeing all of this in a weightless environment, which is what ‘Angry Birds Space’ will look like, with gravitational fields from planetary bodies,” said Pettit.

Planetary bodies have pull

Here’s where Rovio hits the bull’s-eye in “Angry Birds Space.” The player must take into account the gravitational pull of massive bodies in space. Planets will begin to pull the bird in as they approach, thus changing the trajectory of their flight. Jordan Crook of TechCrunch had the following brief tweet exchange with Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka regarding the gravity-free dynamics:

“Jordan Crook @jordanrcrook
@pvesterbacka is angry birds space gravity-free to make the game more challenging? is that why you chose space in the 1st place?

Peter Vesterbacka @pvesterbacka
@jordanrcrook there’s zero gravity in space, but planets and gravity wells make it more fun.”

Watch for “Angry Birds Space” March 22 on your iOS or Android device, PC or Mac.

‘Angry Birds Space’ in zero gravity, thanks to NASA

Sources

Angry Birds Space official

TechCrunch

The Guardian

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