The weekend of the 8th and 9th of May marked the music festival Rock in Rio USA. And it was there that Rovio, the developers behind the massively popular Angry Birds series, decided to show off something a bit different. Instead of giving us yet another ordinary iteration of the Angry Birds series, they revealed something a little bit cooler. Utilizing the Samsung Gear VR, Rovio demoed a version of Angry Birds designed with virtual reality in mind.
The VR demonstration did not look like a classic style Angry Birds installment, instead showing a new direction (and dimension) for the series. While the controls are still a bit unclear, the game does appear to be from the back perspective of the birds. From the screenshots that have surfaced, it appears like the birds will be flying through rings. Possibly, this edition of Angry Birds for Gear VR may be closer to Rovio’s racing game, Angry Birds Go!, but we really can’t say for sure.
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Rovio has not made any comments regarding a commercial release of the game, and so there are no promises of a release. It would be in the interest of Samsung to pursue Rovio’s interest, however, because the Gear VR is currently just a cool piece of tech with arguably no major apps to help it garner the attention it needs to be successful, and a big name title like this certainly would help with that endeavor.
If Rovio and other developers began developing for virtual reality systems like the Gear VR, would it make you consider buying one?