Angry Birds Star Wars fans shocked by $50 price tag for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One


New version of Angry Birds Star Wars for next-generation Sony and Microsoft consoles will cost more than ten times as much as iPad version.

It’s not just the birds that are angry: Gamers are shocked by the $50 price tag

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One fans are up in arms after it emerged Angry Birds Star Wars will sell for more than ten times what it costs on mobile phones and tablets .

The game is due for release on Sony’s next generation console and Microsoft’s Xbox One next month, but fans looking for their fix of space based feathered friend flinging will need deep pockets. Publisher Rovio Enterntainent has announced that the game will cost an eye-watering $49.99 – about £31 – when it’s released in the United States.

The release will be an updated version of Angry Birds Star Wars, which has been a huge hit on iPhones, iPads and Android devices – where it costs just £2.99.

The new version will include twenty new and exclusive levels, high definition visuals and cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes. The Xbox One version will allow gamers to control their catapults with just a wave of their hand, by including Kinect controls, while PS4 gamers will have to make do with the touch-strip on the new DualShock 4 controller.

But despite the new features and flashy control systems, many gamers found the new version’s price hard to believe. Chris Kohler, who edits the GameLife blog at Wired.com gave a withering assessment of the costly game on Twitter.

 

Have an extra $50 and are not good with money? You can buy Angry Birds Star Wars for Xbox One and PS4 http://t.co/mMn8mvmO1Q

— Chris Kohler (@kobunheat) November 1, 2013

Fans with last generation consoles won’t be left out, with versions also being released for Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii U – all of which will have recommended prices between $40 and $50.

A compilation of the first three Angry Birds titles was released on Xbox 360 last year, priced at £29.99.

Angry Birds – The Movie?


Angry Birds Movie

It appears that the Angry Birds phenomena will take its war against the hideous army of stationary green pigs to a theater near you. The game’s creators, Rovio Entertainment have hired producers for what will be a 3D computer-generated full-length film.

After an explosion of merchandise and even a union with the monolithic Star Wars brand, Rovio’s app-attacking avians will have the summer of 2016 targeted for their inevitable collision with the big screen. The Finland-based company has reportedly brought Despicable Me producer, John Cohen on board and executive producer, David Maisel, who has worked on Marvel’s Avengers solo films like Iron Man 1 & 2ThorThe Incredible Hulk, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

While your touchscreen finger will thankfully get a rest, what could Angry Birds bring to the box-office? (Without smashing it.)

Executive producer, David Maisel briefly describes the creative goals for the film:

“It has to be everything that you’d expect from an Angry Birds movie as a fan of the game, plus so much more with surprises, innovative things and twists,” said Maisel. “It’s something that we’ve worked already a lot on and we will over the next few years. It’s an experience that you’ll say, ‘Wow, I didn’t expect that.’ ”

At this point, barring a “kidnapped eggs” plot, expectations are still somewhat of a blank slate. However, the slingshot swine-slayers will clearly need to pull off the whole “angry” part throughout the whole film if they expect to live up to the name. It will be interesting to see how that gets accomplished in an animated family-friendly feature like this.

Produced and financed entirely by Rovio, this first leap into the film industry will cement the Angry Birds brand as a true multimedia presence. Given its degree of success, it could lead to app games giving comic books a run for their money as movie source material.

 

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Star Wars Brings Out the Very Best in Angry Birds


 

Everything is better with Star Wars. Anyone that’s ever cut a graceful arc through the air with a vaguely saber-shaped object while making whooshing noises knows this. Dogsknow this. Pizza lovers know this. EvenDisney know this.

Anyone can toss a tan robe on their pet or Photoshop a lightsaber into their prom photo, adding significant value to otherwise useless things, but the most successful Star Wars crossover creations incorporate distinctive elements of the science fiction fantasy epic in a more mechanical fashion.Eating utensils that require the focus of a Jedi lest one’s meal give in to hate and fear.Camping gear that simulates the warm innards of a recently-deceased riding beast. And yes, Angry Birds Star Wars.

 

Angry Birds Star Wars takes the best elements of the original physics flinger and the gravity-powered gameplay of Angry Birds Space and transports them to a long, long time ago in a galaxy far away. The game opens on Tatooine, where the young nephew-bird of moisture farming birds dreams of adventure among the stars. Instead of sitting about whining about it, he throws himself at some pigs wrapped in mummy bandages. In a way it almost transcends the original work.

Luke begins life (lives, really) as a simple red bird, stumbling blindly through dangerous situations. He has no special powers, just raw potential that remains untapped until he meets good old Ben Kenobi. The introduction of his Jedi mentor triggers an evolution in Luke’s bird-persona, granting him the power to swing his newly-acquired lightsaber in a destructive arc, destroying objects and any unfortunate Imperial forces that stand in his way.

This evolution is an extremely clever way to translate the character development from the firstStar Wars movie into Angry Birds form. Remember Ben Kenobi’s line from the film during his confrontation with Darth Vader on the Death Star? “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine”, he warns his former pupil. After the first Vader level in the Death Star portion of the game, the Ben bird’s force push ability doubles in strength. More powerful indeed!

The Star Wars connection strengthens the traditional Angry Birds formula in unexpected ways. On certain levels angry red blaster bolts fire at regular intervals, adding a dodging element. Luke’s lightsaber can deflect these bolts, sending them shooting off destructively in random directions. Latter levels see Darth Vader’s avian counterpart suspending objects above the playfield via the Dark Side of the Force. Taking him out sends them plummeting to the ground, killing any hapless Snouttroopers in their path.

With 40 Tatooine levels, 40 Death Star levels, the promise of a free set of Hoth levels in a future update and a handful of secret Golden Droid stages, Angry Birds Star Wars continues Rovio’s trend of delivering ridiculous amounts of content for a tiny price—Android gamers don’t even have to pay, leaving them free to drop $1.99 on the 40 Dagobah-themed “Path of the Jedi” levels available for in-game purchase.

Angry Birds Star Wars is more than a Star Wars-themed Angry Birds game—it’s a Star Wars-enhanced Angry Birds game, the two elements combining into something greater than the sum of its parts.

 

Source: Kotaku