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Angry Birds Space debuts at no. 1, Rovio “working on” Windows Phone release

Friday, 23rd March 2012 12:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Angry Birds Space debuted yesterday, and automatically hit the number one position on the App Store, knocking the super, fun Draw Something off its cushy perch. The latest pig beat ‘em up landed on iOS, PC, and Android.

An earlier Bloomberg report stated Rovio had no plans to release its latest title on Windows Phone 7, however, Rovio has said this is not the case at all and it’s “working” on a version for WP7 now.

“[Angry Birds] is the number one app in the Windows Phone app store, but it’s a big undertaking to support it, and you have to completely rewrite the application,” Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka said according to Bloomberg.

“If you look at activations, Apple’s iOS and Android are clearly bigger than any other platform. We want to be on all screens, but we have to consider the cost of supplying the smaller platforms. With Windows Phone it’s a lot of work to technically support it.”

Not releasing the game on Windows Phone, according to Nomura analyst Richard Windsor, is a worrying prospect – especially for Nokia – because it “suggests that Rovio does not have much confidence in its future.”

Nokia is hoping the Windows Phone operating system will help its struggling smartphone business, but analysts are suggesting that if big hitters such as Angry Birds Space continue to skip Windows-based phones, it may be a hard road ahead.

However, all may not be lost for WP7 users after all, as clarification given to Reuters by Rovio CEO Mikael Hed hasd the firm “working towards getting Angry Birds Space to WP7.”

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  1. Simula

    I would think Nokia would make some kind of deal with Rovio..Since well they are both Finnish companys.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Angry Birds Space, Y U NO ON STEAM?

    @1 Nokia still exists? That’s cute :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    Rovio has apparently clarified its no WP7 comment to Reuters. Post has been updated to reflect this.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Tech-N9ne

    This is what happens when you pay for companies to make their apps available in you app store. MS did this for the first Angry birds now Rovio is holding out for more cash to port others in the Angry birds series. Nokia also did this for Angry birds for Symbian.
    It also doesn’t help that Windows Phone does not support openGL and c++ which is used for the development of most mobile games, but MS says this is coming soon.

    The thing is, they don’t have a choice but to make another deal with Rovio, because Nokia and MS loses by not having the “most popular mobile game” on their platform.

    #4 2 years ago