Jun 14th, 2011

As if you thought Angry Birds could ever give you a reason to put down your mobile phone, Rovio has revealed plans to implement new “Magic” gameplay elements that will have you stopping to play Angry Birds more than ever. The new system will come as a future update to all versions of Angry Birds and will use NFC and location-awareness technology to unlock new content such as levels and items.

The NFC portion is simple. Bump your phone with a friend’s to reveal new content or share levels items. The location-based gameplay is where things have a potential to get pretty interesting. “Magic locations” will be designated, and each of these locations will introduce a new gameplay element while you are in their vicinity. Rovio is starting out with their Mighty Eagle. They will virtually dispatch the eagle to various locations, and when you arrive you might just find the big bird ready to soar. It’s a pretty cool concept that seeks to add value to the actual mobility of a game. Not only can you take Angry Birds wherever you go, but where you go will change gameplay. Look for the feature in future Angry Birds updates.

[via Droid Gamers]