'Flappy Bird' creator confirms he will release the game again, 'but not soon'

Fans of "Flappy Bird," the once popular but now discontinued iOS-Android side scrolling game, have some reason to celebrate today. The game's creator Dong Nguyen has confirmed he plans to release the game again after pulling it from the iOS App Store and Google Play in February.

Nguyen made the announcement on his Twitter feed today, which has has not updated in a few weeks, when asked by a fan if he plans to publish "Flappy Bird" on the App Store again:

The "not soon" statement likely means that "Flappy Bird" won't be re-released tomorrow or even this week, but it is a change in attitude compared to Nguyen's thoughts last month, when he indicated that the stress of the game's sudden popularity made him pull it from circulation.

A recent Rolling Stone profile of Nguyen had him quoted as saying he was "considering" uploading "Flappy Bird" again, but that it might come with a warning not to play the game too much and to take a break. Even though "Flappy Bird" is officially no longer available, those that have downloaded the game beforehand are playing enough that Nguyen is still receiving money from its in-game ads.

Source: Dong Nguyen (Twitter) | Image via Dong Nguyen

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What I find funny about it all, is people keep saying how the market has been flooded with clones of Flappy Bird. The reality is, Flappy Bird itself is a clone of Piou Piou which came out two years prior. I think the audacity of the developer for a) shouting out how much money he makes per day of something that wasn't originally his and b) making a big spiel about it becoming too much to deal with, is absolutely outrageous.

Create game (that to me) rips off or clones the look, feel & sound of Mario Brothers with an idiotic game. Make a ton of money. Pull the game because you think people are addicted to it. Then post twitter, Facebook etc, that you might release it again, but not soon, driving up the curiosity factor, then when it is released again, it will get downloaded even more, generating even more revenue....PROFIT!

Who cares. The only reason this is even talked about is the amount of money the guy was making. The game is crap and old Atari ROMs on my phone are far more fun.

I'm a very understanding person... but I really just don't get how someone would be so stressed and uncomfortable with their app being popular. No matter how I look at it, there just must be some cultural difference I'm not getting or he's a douche bag.

Xenosion said,
I'm a very understanding person... but I really just don't get how someone would be so stressed and uncomfortable with their app being popular. No matter how I look at it, there just must be some cultural difference I'm not getting or he's a douche bag.

I don't get it either to be honest, If I was making the money he was making I wouldn't give a s**t what people think or say!

My most popular app is nowhere near as popular as Flappy Bird (only 130k downloads) but that's enough to understand that if you care about your users and read the feedback you will be confronted with so much negativity. Of course if your app is good you'll rock 5 star ratings but there will be many comments that bash the app and the developer. My app is completely free (not even ads!) and I got many mails from people DEMANDING features RIGHT NOW. It doesn't affect large companies but small developers like the creator of Flappy Bird. Just read the comments in this thread: "the game is crap" and "Very tired of hearing about this guy. I'm convinced this is all about getting publicity." Now multiply this negativity by 10m.

Xenosion said,
I'm a very understanding person... but I really just don't get how someone would be so stressed and uncomfortable with their app being popular. No matter how I look at it, there just must be some cultural difference I'm not getting or he's a douche bag.

I don't believe he was. I think this was all just a publicity stunt to make the game more desirable.

Greenix said,
My most popular app is nowhere near as popular as Flappy Bird (only 130k downloads) but that's enough to understand that if you care about your users and read the feedback you will be confronted with so much negativity. Of course if your app is good you'll rock 5 star ratings but there will be many comments that bash the app and the developer. My app is completely free (not even ads!) and I got many mails from people DEMANDING features RIGHT NOW. It doesn't affect large companies but small developers like the creator of Flappy Bird. Just read the comments in this thread: "the game is crap" and "Very tired of hearing about this guy. I'm convinced this is all about getting publicity." Now multiply this negativity by 10m.

If people dont get the negativity, read the first page of any popular youtube video... =)

Greenix said,
My most popular app is nowhere near as popular as Flappy Bird (only 130k downloads) but that's enough to understand that if you care about your users and read the feedback you will be confronted with so much negativity.
Yeah, so if your app had ads and suddenly went viral bringing in $50K a day (the money inflow BTW didn't stop even when the app was pulled) you'd pull it too because of some losers whining? And then you'd bring it back too? Why? Guaranteed not to have more whiners turn up in future?

Romero said,
Yeah, so if your app had ads and suddenly went viral bringing in $50K a day (the money inflow BTW didn't stop even when the app was pulled) you'd pull it too because of some losers whining? And then you'd bring it back too? Why? Guaranteed not to have more whiners turn up in future?

Wasnt there reports of him and/or his family being threatened? Maybe that was puffery, but people process things differently. I probably wouldnt care and rake in the money and start working on another app. But I am not this dude. He may have taken it to heart, is processing/working through it, and is ready for another go.

Scabrat said,
Wasnt there reports of him and/or his family being threatened?
He refuted those and also reports about Nintendo threatening legal action and all other rumors being tossed around. Nope, I'm with others who think this is nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt.

Romero said,
He refuted those and also reports about Nintendo threatening legal action and all other rumors being tossed around. Nope, I'm with others who think this is nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt.

Thats fine. I will reserve judgement until its all over I think =)

Maybe that was the point, to not cause a giant uproar over another release. Who knows what's going on in his life maybe the entire thing was true?

Who knows

Lord Method Man said,
Very tired of hearing about this guy. I'm convinced this is all about getting publicity.
+1, and Neowin (John Callaham) is certainly doing its part. Two articles now trying to drum up interest for the inevitable re-release, with this one based on a mere tweet that adds nothing at all to the previous article.

Lord Method Man said,
Very tired of hearing about this guy. I'm convinced this is all about getting publicity.

I wasn't at first but this clearly seem to be about building excitement now, and thus a stunt. If he got too affected by the media pressure in the past, how will it help to relaunch it and even tease about it. That'll just make it even worse. So no, it's a stunt.