The game that started it all, Rovio's Angry Birds [$0.99] is celebrating its third anniversary with a 3.0 update that, like most previous Angry Birds updates adds some new content and other tweaks. The biggest of which is probably iPhone 5 support, but they've also added a new bird along with 15 birthday-themed levels and 15 Bad Piggies [$0.99] themed levels.

Other interesting things on the Angry Birds radar include a re-shuffling of the actual app listing on the App Store. Previously, Angry Birds was listed under Chillingo's Clickgamer brand, originally designed to separate "AAA" titles from more casual games like Angry Birds. Now, the original has been moved in with the rest of the Rovio Entertainment flock on the App Store. This is the first time we've seen something like this happen, as typically when things change hands like this it involves a messy re-listing, leaving your old customers out in the cold, etc. Apple seems to have done some special magic for Rovio, although, now the question is, what about Chillingo?

Last, but certainly not least, The Guardian has confirmed that there is in fact an Angry Birds movie coming. It's slated for summer 2016, and it's already got some serious talent behind it with producers responsible for movies like Despicable Me, Hop, and more. I can sense the entire internet groaning.

  • MarkyMarc

    Some can hate all they want, but AB just keeps on giving. I'll 3 star these new levels this evening. ;)

  • MrSHakerEsq

    Say what you want about AB but if it was not for this game the pleasure of handheld entertainment would not be what it is today. Thumbs up to Rovio for denying the critics and continuing to expand this franchise.

    • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

      It's a great game but it's getting repetative so people are starting to hate it.

  • Jerutix

    Why are people groaning? Did you see Despicable Me? That movie is hilarious. Those minions are worth the ticket price. I can only guess (after watching The Lorax, same team as Despicable Me, included characters like the minions) that this movie will have some hilarious characters (blue or orange birds, maybe). Good stuff.

  • Adams Immersive

    I hope Apple expands up this new “company switching” system because it would solve problems I’ve seen many times, with an app needing to be reborn (and re-bought!) for no good reason.

    As for the movie, I rank interest in an AB film as follows:

    Interest in playing AB > Interest in watching an AB-themed movie
    Interest in AB in 2012 > Interest in AB in 2016

    So, good luck! AB won’t stop being fun in 4 years (if they keep adding to the series). But AB shirts and hats and toys and clocks and dog-poo bags are already less fun. A movie in 4 years? Well...

  • VoodooVyper

    I enjoyed all the Rovio games, but their development tactics always annoyed me. It always seemed that they'd release a game right before the next generation iDevice was released. And they would never update their old titles to be compatible with what the new iDevice could do (retina, iPhone 5 support etc). You'd think a company that makes such insane amounts of income from this IP would bother to make their games work as they should with current devices. Sure, they update the gameplay all the time with new levels and such, but I also like to see updates to the game that make it look just as good as the other games released around the same time.

    In summary, I'm glad to see they are FINALLY doing this, it's always been a gripe of mine about this company that they never really focused on adding new features for compatible iDevices that were released after whatever game they are updating.

  • http://twitter.com/timrizzo Tim Rizzo

    Name of the franchise game for the movie: "Angry Birds Angry Birds".

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    Still no (i)Cloud? Ridiculous...