Developers at Rovio worked with astronauts to launch new game.
Entertainment giant Rovio has teamed up with space agency NASA to launch its latest Angry Birds game. Set for release on 22 March, Angry Birds Space will be available on the Apple iPhone and iPad, Android, PC and Mac.
Working in cooperation with astronauts at NASA, the Finnish company broadcast a video from the International Space Station in a global online announcement at the Angry Birds Space website.
“This collaboration began with a simple Twitter exchange about birds and pigs in space, and it has grown into a tremendous outreach and education opportunity,” said David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA headquarters in Washington.
He added: “Games are fun and entertaining, but they also can be inspirational and informative. This ongoing collaboration with Rovio and Angry Birds is an exciting way to get people engaged with NASA's missions of exploration and discovery - and get students energised about future careers in science and technology.”
By launching Angry Birds into the stratosphere, Rovio has given a unique twist to familiar gameplay - adding a variable gravity environment. From the weightlessness of space to the gravity wells of nearby planets, players can have fun with physics as they sample the new possibilities.
Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer and self-proclaimed Might Eagle of Rovio Entertainment, said: “I believe we have succeeded well with the game, and we wanted to create something as unique around our launch event.
“NASA has been the perfect partner for our Angry Birds Space programme, and we can't wait to work with them on creating more compelling educational experiences.”
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