Last week, Rovio released Angry Birds 2, the mainstream sequel to its massively popular franchise that started off with the original Angry Birds. While many had reason to believe that the latest installment in the series might not be as great as the original, statistics revealed by Rovio prove them to be wrong. The company has just announced that Angry Birds 2 has been downloaded over 20 million times across Android, iPad and iPhone, since its release on July 30.
Creative Director Patrick Liu says:
When we were developing and testing Angry Birds 2, we had good reason to believe we were on to a good thing, but the enormous groundswell of enthusiasm for the game from loyal fans and casual newcomers alike has been humbling. It took the first Angry Birds game more than 9 months to reach this many players, and we thank all our fans for growing the flock so quickly!
Other interesting milestones achieved by the game include:
- Players have raised their slingshots more than 1.4 billion times.
- Angry Birds 2 levels have been played 300 million times.
- The Destruct-O-Meter has been maxed more than 350 million times over.
- Most downloaded iOS game in more than 100 countries.
- Most downloaded game on Android and iOS worldwide.
- It took the original Angry Birds 9 months to achieve 20 million downloads while it took the mainstream sequel only 7 days.
While Angry Birds 2 has been a critical success in markets such as America and Europe, Rovio hopes to accomplish the same in China. Chief Commercial Officer Alex Lambeek states:
A new generation of Chinese gamers are getting to know the angry feathered flock, and we see a bright future together with Kunlun, one of the Chinese game industry’s largest and most important players.
It is also noteworthy that while the game isn't available on Windows devices yet, Rovio executives say that there is a potential chance that we might see a launch on the particular platform. With that being said, the statement isn't definitive and is susceptible to change.
You can download Angry Birds 2 for free (in-app purchases) on Android and iOS where it has garnered a respectable 4.5 star and 4 star rating respectively.
Source and image: Rovio