What’s next for Rovio Mobile? Our guess is probably another Angry Birds [$.99 / Free / Lite/ HD / HD 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.