Rovio has announced that you will be able to download Angry Birds Star Wars II on Sept. 19. But get ready for this one to cost you a little extra.
Along with the new game, Rovio and Hasbro are introducing Telepods, actual Angry Birds toys that you can use to customize the line-up of which birds you will be using in any given level. Want to bring Yoda in? Touch his Teleod to the tablet and you'll be able to use him.
In other words, Angry Birds just turned into Skylanders.
The biggest issue with this announcement is that the original Angry Birds Star Was still has locked levels on it. Before Rovio gets around to releasing a whole new game – with extras for you to buy – perhaps it may want to complete the original game?
The app itself will be available for download on Sept. 19, and the Telepds should be available for purchase around the same time.
JOIN THE PORK SIDE IN ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS II
Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm introduce sequel to bestselling mobile game featuring TELEPODS from Hasbro, a fully integrated play experience for the mobile generation
Comic-Con International, SAN DIEGO — July 15, 2013 — Rovio Entertainment Ltd and Lucasfilm Ltd announced today a continued collaboration on the Angry Birds Star Wars franchise with Angry Birds Star Wars II, launching September 19th in app stores worldwide.
Angry Birds Star Wars II will follow the story of the three prequel Star Wars movies, including the introduction of never-before-seen Angry Birds Star Wars characters. For the first time in history, players can choose to "Join the Pork Side" and play as one of the villainous pigs.
"Angry Birds Star Wars was a blockbuster hit for us and Lucasfilm with over 100 million downloads since its release. We are thrilled to be able to introduce the exciting next chapter in the Angry Birds Star Wars saga to our fans around the world," said Jami Laes, Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio Entertainment. "Some of the most amazing character additions are versions of young Anakin, Mace Windu and Darth Maul. Hasbro's TELEPODS technology also provides a great way to extend the experience beyond the app and bring a whole new dimension to the gameplay."
The TELEPODS line from Hasbro brings an additional interactive layer of gameplay and content to Angry Birds Star Wars II. In addition to the vast amount of content readily available in the game, new characters and super powers can be unlocked for players by placing one of the collectible TELEPODS physical characters from the Hasbro line on the phone or tablet camera and scanning it into the game. For the first time ever, players can choose which character they want to use in the app by "teleporting" their physical character into the game. Over thirty figures will be available at launch in September.
"Hasbro worked closely with both Rovio and Lucasfilm to deliver a fully integrated TELEPODS experience with the new ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS II app. Now fans can enjoy unprecedented and seamless dual play in both physical and digital ANGRY BIRDS experiences," said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Hasbro, Inc.
Simultaneously with the launch of Angry Bird Star Wars II on September 19th, a new line of merchandise will be introduced to coincide with the game including a complete line of toys, apparel, accessories, books and plush from best in class licensing partners. Hasbro TELEPODS will arrive in retail by September for the game launch and be presented to the public for the first time at San Diego Comic-con in July.
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