Earlier this week Rovio began teasing us about a new game, revealing very little other than showing us a bird in medieval armor and telling us the title would see a soft launch in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Thanks to gaming site Kotaku, we now learn the new title will be called Angry Birds Epic, and it’s an RPG.
Yes, you read that correctly. While Angry Birds has went down some interesting non-bird-slinging routes before with Bad Piggies and Angry Birds Go!, Epic is an even bigger departure from their usual game mechanics.
Rovio’s Angry Bird Epic will be launching first for iOS users in Australia and Canada later this week (no mention of New Zealand this time), and will globally launch on Android, iOS and Windows Phone a bit later down the road.
As for the core gameplay? Epic features a turn-based RPG mechanic with some form of a storyline and a crafting system that will allow you to improve your armor and weapons as you progress through the game. As to be expected, you can certainly craft without paying a cent, but there will be in-app purchases to help your efforts along.
While I’m not exactly an Angry Birds fan, I’ll admit this particular title has my curiosity piqued at least a little, though I have a feeling that the game will be somewhat ruined by in-app purchases just like Angry Birds Go!
It’s worth noting that Rovio seems to be taking several pages out of Nintendo’s book recently. First, they took the same game and spun it dozens of times. Then there was the Angry Birds’ take on Mario Kart, and now Angry Birds version of Mario RPG and the Paper Mario series. What’s next? Basketball, Olympics, golf, tennis and the Angry Birds Party?
The big takeaway here is that Rovio isn’t giving up on pushing Angry Birds but is interested in at least changing things up from the original bird-flinging formula. What do you think, at all curious to see how Angry Birds Epic turns out?