AngryBirds_StarWars2_Keyart_Tentative_05_1024x576Angry Birds Star Wars II is indeed a thing that is happening. Creator Rovio Mobile confirmed as much this morning, and also put a release date on it: this September 19. Interestingly, this won't be your everyday Angry Birds title -- it'll use toys, allowing players to swap birds in and out of the game by placing their corporeal, plastic-y forms on their iPads.

Think Skylanders, except with Angry Birds Star Wars merchandise. The new trailer for the game shows off the interaction between toy and game. Basically, you just plop a toy on the front-facing camera and, bam, it's in the game:

The toys, dubbed "Telepods," are being made via a partnership with Hasbro. And you've got to think that a generic name like that lends itself to more than just Angry Birds toys down the line. Regardless, more than 30 toys are being created specifically for this.

Anecdotally, we've seen Angry Birds merchandise drying up a bit. Maybe this is the shot in the arm that the franchise has needed to get its stuff out of the clearance bins at Wal-Marts across the country.

  • garret44

    Yep I'm completely done with these birds

    • nini

      Yeah, how dare they exploit their properties in exchange for more money as if this is a money making business? Bastards should still be working for the love like any true indie.

      • PureRumble

        Chill ok? Just chill why wont ya?

        He said nothing of what your talking about.

        He simply stated hes tired of this repetitive theme, and that sounds like a valid point!

  • GameExp3rt

    It's like three games angry birds,Star Wars, and a little bit of skylanders

  • liverpoolfcxx9

    5/5 original concept and gameplay

  • PureRumble

    ooooh yeeeeeaaaaahhh! omg! OMG! o, m, g!

    Im gonna get them all! Im sooo excited!

    Oh but wait i suddenly got a better idea. How about i instead play all the awesome new games that ios are cramming out by the weeks, and leave this lame, cash grabbing, kids fooling game at the side?

    Yeeeeeaaaaah sounds like a great idea!

    • Stustaff

      Then you could comment on those topics and news articles instead of angry bird ones!!

  • Brian Martin

    I hope the Telepod thing is optional.

    • theethanman2000

      I think it is optional but idk...

  • http://tarasis.net/ Robert McGovern

    Nice bypass for In App Purchase. Trickier for a parent to resist buying a toy the kid could play with over consumable IAP.

    Sneaky sausages. ESP if there are 30 of them.

    • James

      I dont know if it's sneaky. To be honest I really enjoy collecting Skylanders with my son. Sounds like a pretty fun idea to me.

  • Karzay

    I'm happy for Angry Birds fans. More stuff to feed their obsession.

  • eventide

    It's clear where there target is now, young uns. They could care less about typical iPad gamers.

    • nini

      The average gamer isn't here, here is for core gamers looking to do things away from Steam and their consoles and looking for similar experiences. No trugamer like the bunch here would acknowledge there's other gamers but them though unless they mean to belittle those others because their game lacks grit and guns.

  • ImJPaul

    This will bring forth the antichrist shortly followed by the apocalypse. Dammit Rovio!

    • theethanman2000

      Hey dude calm down... You are soooo over reacting! It isn't that bad, actaully it isn't bad at all! I think angry birds Star Wars II will be awesome! :) And if you hate angry birds sooooo much then just don't say anything at all! This is for ppl that wanna comment wat they think weather they like it or not... But talking about angry birds star wars II bringing the end of time?! Wat?!? That doesn't even make sense!?!? Like wow... And then you have to go and curse rovio?!?! Just calm down everyone...

  • Tomate Diseño

    "get its stuff out of the clearance bins at Wal-Marts across the country." Try "the world" - here in Mexico every time we enter a supermarket there's a new Angry Birds item for sale - this Sunday it was Rucksacks, nicely made ones too I should add.

  • hourglass

    Angry Birds needs to die. Space was the last time anything really got improved, and it really wasn't all that great.

    • theethanman2000

      I know angry birds is a lil repetive but they r always coming up with new power ups and new birds and stuff to make interesting! And I honestly don't think they will ever stop updating their apps! Lol all I can say is for 0.99/2.99 (depending on if your buying on iPhone or ipad) that's a pretty good price for how any new worlds they add like almost every month! And all I can say is you get you're money's worth! Lol :)

  • curtisrshideler

    Man I hope you can unlock these from within the app. If not, I won't be buying it. As a guy in his 30's, I don't need a bunch of little plastic birds cluttering up our house. I just want to play the digital game. If each bird is an IAP, that might be the end to my bird flinging days though.

  • gust0208

    It does seem like an odd fit of mobile gaming and needing to also have access to figurines for (I presume) access to core game play mechanics. One of the great things of iOS gaming is not bring tied to one location or needing peripherals.

    I have enjoyed the Angry Birds games and heard positive things for Skylander, but just doesn't feel like a good fit for iOS.

  • Jake7905

    Rovio was once a good developer, but that was was before the empire, before the dark side, and before the force of marketing took over.

    • theethanman2000

      If you ask me there is nothing wrong with the angry birds Star Wars franchise! I think angry birds Star Wars is the best thing to ever happen to angry birds since angry birds! And I think angry birds Star Wars II will be amazing! :)

  • ODMay

    I just downloaded Angrybirds StarWars a few days ago. Im only on level 3.

  • Adams Immersive

    I know a lot of landfills will hate me for saying this, but that seems like senseless waste! I never thought I'd say this, but hopefully there will be an IAP alternative. (And hopefully the extra-cost content is either WORTH paying for, or earnable for free by playing.)

    Rovio already did this with a plastic king pig toy you could touch your screen with, and the precise spacing of the 3 "feet" would unlock stuff in regular Angry Birds--stuff you can't get any other way.

    Looks like now it's an optical system: the base seems to be optics of some kind, and I bet there's an optical code on the bottom of the toy--but one that can't be properly read without the optics of the base. So no simple aiming your camera at a photo online.

  • Adams Immersive

    One thing that IS cool about the toys: when someone else is using the iPad, you can still play with the toys. You can pretend your trachea is a Jedi fortress!

  • IpadGamer

    Sadly, this is likely to get 4.5 or 5 stars from TA. Limbo, on the other hand, gets 3. Mobile "Gaming" reviews, indeed.

  • Taclys

    I don't know if I can express my hatred for this idea. If Angry Birds wasn't greedy enough. I'm all for developers making cash, that's the entire idea of the business. But there's a line between getting paid for being creative, and... Angry Birds: Skyla--I mean Star Wars 2. This is horrible.

    Sadly, this means Rovio will be making even more cash off the franchise, so it won't die.

  • one.sixty.four

    So are these dang "telepods" required for gameplay?

    • theethanman2000

      No I don't think you need the telepods to play but if you wanna teleport in different birds into the game instead of what they have there in the level you can buy these toys of these angry birds Star Wars characters and teleport your own into the game... As far as I know it's just an add in feature... I honestly don't think you need them if you did that whould be kinda cheap of rovio! But I would still probablly buy them all! Lol :)

  • ccifox

    Looks kind of cool. Angry Birds was never able to catch on for me, but it's good see Rovio still mixing it up for their customers.

  • theethanman2000

    This looks sooooo awesome! I've bought every angry birds game ever! Even bad piggies and amazing Alex! I am not just an angry birds fan I am also a rovio fan and the whole telepod idea and being able to customize your line up is Sooo cool! And also that you can Join the pork side! I think the porkside will be more of a challenge! :) and all These people below that are saying bad things about his game can't be true angry birds fans! :P lol! And I know You don't like the IAPs well i dont either but almost every game out there has them! I'll just try my best to get all 3 stars or collect a certain thing to unlock it for free! :) angry birds Star Wars II! Can't wait! :) I am tottally buying this! :D