Angry Birds Epic flips the script with a turn-based RPG (who saw that coming?)

Angry Birds Epic featured

Can’t say we saw this coming (or did we?). Often criticized for beating a dead horse with the same tired gameplay that made them famous, we had a good feeling Rovio was planning to introduce something a bit different for their upcoming Angry Birds sequel.

Angry Birds Epic screenshot

After spotting the feathered fowl donning medieval attire in a recent teaser video, it’s now confirmed that the next Angry Birds title — officially revealed as Angry Birds Epic — will feature turn-based combat in the vein of RPG greats like Final Fantasy. It looks like Rovio will make crafting weapons and items a big focus of Epic’s gameplay, making it obvious to see how they plan on monetizing the game, with resources that can be purchased with either in-game currency or real money.

The game is set to soft launch this week in Australia and Canada, leaving the rest of the world left licking their lips. I mean, c’mon, you guys. That screeshot doesn’t look hella cool to anyone else? No word on when we can expect a global rollout, but let’s hope we wont have to wait for too much longer.

[Kotaku]

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  • WhoaManWtF

    Interesting, this might actually get installed on my device ;) But like Go I am guessing it will be completely destroyed by IAPs…

    • EP_2012

      I didn’t touch Go because of the IAP’s and I won’t touch this one if it’s the same. It’s such a shame that games have been ruined like this.

      • WhoaManWtF

        It really is, I don’t know anyone personally that puts money into them either but apparently their are enough of those idiots around to make it a valid business motto.

        • EP_2012

          I use to gladly pay upwards of $7 for a game, but now I don’t even install free games with IAP’s, because they end up being a waste of time near the later stages of the game, unless you drop significant money to “level up”.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Never got around to playing much of Go!. Were the IAPs really that bad? I thought it would just be used for like nitrous or other boosts?

      • WhoaManWtF

        Hah, nah they were pretty horrid. It was fun and possible to get to the third world, albeit with a TON of grinding to get to the third. But to get the the forth it would have taken playing the same races some 1,000+ times to grind the in game money needed to buy a car to compete in the fourth world. I do not mind playing the game but the same track got pretty old after 100 or so and I was no where near able to afford the next car.

    • Henri Weich Conradie

      Took me a few seconds to realise you meant in-app purchases (at least that’s what I believe you mean). I agree. Freemium games make any multiplayer aspect unbalanced since someone can just buy his/her way to the top with gear, upgrades etc. Also means the game is less fun overall for people who don’t have money to waste.

      • No_Nickname90

        This is what I’m afraid of as well. The game looks cool. I’m willing to throw in some money for in-app purchases, but not more than $10. If after that I haven’t advanced any where, them Ima be sad.

        I love RPG’s, but if the RPG isn’t a straight buyout, they’re usually filled with in-app purchases. =.[

  • Mark Wheeler

    I’m in! Looks cool

  • stratusmonkey

    I hear they were going to call it Angry Birds Saga until the Candy Crush people caught wind of it.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Honestly, would have made a lot more sense but yeah, something tells me the King.com wouldn’t have taken too kindly to it. Lol

      • J Jones

        Aren’t developers really stretching the meaning of infringement? If the RIAA or MPAA were this bad we’d have run out of words for movie & song titles decades ago. Lucas would’ve had to make “Sun Wars” or some crap because Roddenberry got to “Star” first.

  • Tony Lai

    Still milking it.

    • Sean Royce

      Who cares? If it works.

  • Suck it facecake

    Flips the script? What script? Sorry bro… dated useless saying :

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Suck it facecake.

      • Sean Royce

        I just love how that worked.

      • John Andrew Stuart

        lol

  • Apple Scholar

    Ever since angry birds came out for android it kept getting crappy , it’s like android and google ruin things
    jinx

    • Canon User

      So… which part of Angry Birds did Google code?

  • Dan

    I am intrigued by the idea, but I just have zero desire for 30 seconds of gameplay followed by 30 seconds of ads forced all over the screen and IAP nagged throughout.

    Sorry Rovio, I no longer have any desire to touch anything you make, even if the underlying games are cool.

  • John Andrew Stuart

    I’m not too sure about this one.