Angry Birds Star Wars II [Free] is now a free-to-play game. Rovio has taken a lightsaber to the app's price, cutting it to free while the previous 99 cent price cried out in horror. The whole game is available for free, and 30 new levels have been added, 15 for the Bird side and 15 for the Pork side in the "Master Your Destiny" level pack.

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Of course, the Angry Birds series has been on a path toward free-to-play for a while now, with consumable in-app purchases to buy screen-clearing boosts and the like. Launch the game for the first time now, and a slot machine "carbonite reward" to get a random character is presented, with an 8 hour wait to get the item, an 80 coin payment to get it instantly, or watching a video ad.

ABSW2 Free-To-Play 1

Even the shop is presented well before any level select screen is. And while each level has its own set of birds to use, dropping in purchased characters, which comein consumable form play a larger role. As well, the Telepods toys can be used to use new characters right away.

ABSW2 Free-To-Play 2

This isn't the first Angry Birds game to go free-to-play, with Angry Birds Rio [Free / Free (HD)] having done so last year. But with the currency system and focus on consumables, this is the first "true" Angry Birds game to go free-to-play, though it's been set up for it for a while. And of course Angry Birds Epic [Free] and Angry Birds Go [Free] have been released and optimized for free-to-play, after all. Still, this feels like a kind of tectonic shift for the company that pioneered the business model of "sell a ton of copies at 99 cents."

It's as if a million paid apps cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

  • CooleTeeps

    Wow today there have been so many games I have bought that went free . :(

    • nini

      Well, "brought" isn't the word, really.

      • marcanthony0313

        Um. He said "bought".

      • Quazonk

        Nobody said brought.

      • Brown Cow

        You're 100% correct. Great observation.

      • rewind

        I think he bought the games before the price cut, not after. In that case, he did buy them. But you're right, if he got it for free, he didn't buy anything.

      • jeremeyreme

        Brought it on!

    • Emotive

      More like renting to be honest haha

  • Intendro

    *waves hand* These aren't the games you're looking for.

    • Intendro

      *waves hand* You don't want to make unfun games that try to annoy people into spending money. You want to go home and rethink your life.

      • Intendro

        I don't know how bad it might be in this case, I just really wanted to make some Star Wars references too. :P

      • Intendro

        Free to play games: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

  • houseofg

    Who are these Angry Birds you speak of?

  • Drummerboycroy

    Dear Rovio,

    Hope you enjoyed my money.

    Signed,

    Yet another "customer" who thought he had entered into a contract when he paid for your product, you know, before you decided to completely alter the aforementioned paid-for product.

    P.S. Thanks for bending me over.
    P.S.S. It's only a dollar? It ceased being only a dollar about 150 dollars ago.

    • Brown Cow

      Contract? Stuff goes on sale all the time... You stand under the blue light at Kmart with a bullhorn and an angry disposition the rest of your week?

      • VelvetKnight

        The issue isn't having paid for something that is now free or cheaper. It's having paid for something and thinking you were done, but then the game completely changes into something who's main focus is to annoy you into spending more and more money.

        Are we not allowed to simply buy and play a game anymore?

      • Drummerboycroy

        You would think that should be fairly obvious to even the least intelligent, but I'm proven wrong time and time again...

  • ImJPaul

    I mean, I'm going to throw this out here and be "that guy" here but is it really shocking? The model was already freemium and it was $1. It was only a matter of time. I bought it. Not feeling too butthurt. That's just me though.

  • Quazonk

    Go to hell Rovio, thanks for knowing goddamn well how much gamers hate this kind of thing, and letting greed make you do it anyways. You've seen my last dollar.

    • iammane

      They're probably making OODLES more on merch anyways...

  • Cookies

    I'm just sad that I can't hold it up as a matter of pride (sad as that is) that I didn't pay for this any more.

  • jeremeyreme

    Almost seems like they are shooting for more money. NOOOO!