Rovio Renames Angry Birds Classic on iOS Due to 'Impact' on Wider Games Portfolio

Rovio this week announced that it is renaming Rovio Classics: Angry Birds to "Red's First Flight" on the iPhone and the iPad, due to the "impact" that the "Classics" name and title was having on its wider games portfolio.

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Rovio did not go into specifics on how the game is affecting its other titles, but Rovio Classics: Angry Birds is a paid app with no in-app purchases, unlike Angry Birds Friends, Angry Birds Journey, and Angry Birds 2, three other Rovio games that encourage microtransactions. Development resources for the Classic game could be used on other apps that bring in more money.

Customers who go to search for Angry Birds in the App Store will now be encouraged to download one of the newer titles with in-app purchase options rather than shown the paid $0.99 Classics option.

The Angry Birds Classics title will be unlisted from the Google Play Store on Thursday, and it will be renamed on the ‌App Store‌. Customers who have already paid for and downloaded Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will be able to continue to play it after the app has been unlisted/renamed.

Rovio said that this is "sad news" for fans and the team that worked on Rovio Classics: Angry Birds, but the company hopes fans will transition to its other titles.

Angry Birds is one of the most well-known mobile games, and it has been around since 2009. The franchise has spawned multiple titles, two movies, books, comics, theme park attractions, and merchandise. Rovio Classics: Angry Birds was introduced just about a year ago after Rovio took the time to rebuild it with a new game engine.

Top Rated Comments

goobot Avatar
11 months ago
So they basically don’t want you to download the one with no micro-transactions
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
docfrag Avatar
11 months ago
Classic game for a classic price comes up in search, gets bought instead of gimmicky, spendy crap. I think I understand the “problem.”
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antnythr Avatar
11 months ago
Gotta cash in on little kids with [S]loot box gambling[/S] microtransactions.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stiligFox Avatar
11 months ago
Sadly I guess this proves the Free-to-play microtransactions model is far more successful than a pay-once model. Going to go buy the classics app now before they decide to pull it altogether…

EDIT: turns out I already bought it and forgot lol
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
11 months ago
How about "Red's Last Flight".

Classic Game! So many people are going to be disappointed by this. No one's going to have a clue what is "Red's First Flight".
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BeerDrinkerDan Avatar
11 months ago
Those birds should really get over it. They've been angry for so long it cannot be good for them.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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