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Rovio confirms life after Angry Birds

Rovio on Wednesday announced that its immensely popular Angry Birds franchise had reached 1 billion downloads, and the Finnish game developer celebrated the achievement with a short video that concluded with a teaser of the company’s new upcoming game. Rovio has now confirmed that bought the IP for the game Casey’s Contraptions, which was originally developed by Snappy Touch and Mystery Coconut, though it is no longer available. “Working with [developers] Noel and Miguel has been fantastic, and this is a game that we all fell in love with from the first play,”  Rovio’s Ville Heijari, VP of franchise development said to TechCrunch. “The gameplay is a perfect fit in our arsenal with its approachable, fun and highly addictive take on the physics puzzler genre.” The executive added that Rovio is currently reworking on rebranding the title, and “getting ready to re-introduce it in a true ‘expect the unexpected’ Rovio-style launch to an even larger audience.” The game is scheduled to be released this summer on iOS and Android, then “extending to further platforms rapidly after that.”