Rovio is delisting the Rovio Classics: Angry Birds game from the Google Play Store on Thursday, February 23, 2023. However, the game will remain on the Apple App Store under a new name, Red’s First Flight.
According to Rovio’s tweet, they are removing Rovio Classics: Angry Birds from the Play Store because of its “impact on their wider games portfolio,” which probably means it’s taking attention away from their newer games.
Priced at ₱69, Rovio Classics: Angry Birds is probably not making as much money as it used to. By delisting the game, Rovio can push customers to their other games that are free-to-play but offer microtransactions.
Angry Birds is a beloved classic released in 2009. It became one of the most popular games in 2010 and 2011. In 2022, the game was rereleased as Rovio Classics: Angry Birds, which primarily targeted its old fanbase.
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Here is a full transcription of Rovio’s tweet:
We have reviewed the business case of Rovio Classics: Angry Birds, and due to the game’s impact on our wider games portfolio, we have decided that Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will be unlisted from the Google Play Store on Thursday, February 23. Additionally, the game will be renamed to Red’s First Flight in the App Store pending further review. Rovio Classics: Angry Birds will remain playable on devices on which the game has been downloaded, even after it has been unlisted.
We understand that this is sad news for many fans, as well as the team that has worked hard to make Rovio Classics: Angry Birds a reality. We are extremely grateful to the Angry Birds fans who have shown their love of the brand and this game from the beginning. We hope those fans can continue to bring that passion to our live Angry Birds slingshot games such as Angry Birds 2, Angry Birds Friends, and Angry Birds Journey, where our goal every day is to craft the best possible experience for players.