Flappy Bird will make its triumphant return in August. Creator Dong Nguyen said the upcoming game will actually be an updated version with multiplayer support, though it’ll be “less addictive” than its predecessor. The game was famously pulled after people tormented Nguyen with their complaints about its addictive nature. Back in March, Nguyen hinted in an interview with Rolling Stone that the game would come back from the dead, but didn’t indicate when.
In that same interview, Nguyen explained that he pulled the app because he felt it was being misused by players, ultimately affecting his well being and privacy. But he’s seemingly prepared to tackle those issues head on when Flappy Bird is introduced back into society. It’s unclear how the new version will be less addictive than the one that was pulled, but we’ll find out in just a few months. Perhaps it won’t be as frustratingly difficult. I wonder if people have learned when to walk away.
Nguyen said Flappy Bird has been downloaded more than 50 million times—most of those downloads coming after it went viral. In addition to being less addictive, Nguyen earlier said that once the game comes back, it will include a warning for players to take a break.