What’s next for Rovio Mobile? Our guess is probably another Angry Birds [$.99FreeLiteHDHD Free] since those cash vaults won’t be filling themselves over the long haul, but Develop seems convinced that the studio is setting its sights on publishing indie games down the line. In a chat about this with the publication, Rovio executive Peter Vesterbacka admitted that Rovio does indeed have plans in the arena. He added that its model would be different, if it were to make the grand switch.

“We have some plans for this area, but not ready to announce yet,” Vesterbacka said. “If we do something in the publishing area, you can expect it to be a bit different.”

The original Angry Birds is a Chillingo published joint via their Clickgamer sub-brand and subsequent spin-offs (such as Angry Birds Seasons) have been self-published by Rovio. No doubt, the studio has learned some things from their experience with Chillingo and have already been successfully going it alone after announcing they won't use Chillingo again.

We’ve seen Bungie create a publishing label in the recent past, so why not Rovio, too? It’ll be very interesting to see how the studio will differentiate itself as a publisher and use the pull of its brand to supplement, fund, and help out other independent developers. Unfortunately, we'll probably have to wait awhile to see.

[Via Develop]

  • http://twitter.com/minimaxir Max Woolf

    Rovio doesn't have a brand outside of Angry Birds. I'd imagine most Angry Birds players don't know who Rovio is.

  • Anonymous

    Their first major success wasn't exactly original anyway, I suppose it stands to reason their future ones are other people's ideas too.

  • theRPGNOOB

    I didn't ask for this.

    • theRPGNOOB

      If you have played Deus Ex:Human Revolution you will get the reference

      • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

        *crickets*

  • Anonymous

    "Vesterbacka also added that the role of the publisher has diminished in modern game development; “You don’t need publishers"

    http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/20/angry-birds-chillingo/

    So are they now planning to provide a service which they themselves claimed was useless?

    • http://twitter.com/minimaxir Max Woolf

      Yes.

    • LeeDot

       To be fair they said that if they get into publishing their model would be different from current standard publishing model so it's hard to judge what they have to offer until then. 

  • Shamu

    I am so sick to death of them milking angry fucking bird flu carrying vermin.... they have trained me to be uninterested in anything they do. I dont wanna hear it.

  • Steve

    It is obvious that Rovio is good at marketing and merchandising so publishing might actually work better for them than making games. Then again, I can't name a game they have made other than Angry Birds so are they really that good at marketing?

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    I... um... well... DO THEY HAVE A SECOND GAME YET??