The release of Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds 2 (which was previously teased in a promotional video just last week) has been the center of significant attention within the smart phone gaming marketplace of late. Running up to the game’s final release, Rovio was reticent to reveal much about the first sequel to the original game’s featured content.

As of this morning, and per an official press release from Espoo, Finland, the first sequel to the most downloaded game of all time is finally here and available to download. You can watch the gameplay trailer for Angry Birds 2, above.

According to Rovio, Angry Birds 2 brings its bestselling birds back with a bang. The latest title in the franchise features new pig-based formations to collapse with previously established avian missiles (aided by new spells) amid multi-tiered stages within each individual level. As expected, the visuals and gameplay have been given a complete overhaul, with the added bonus of playing online (with your choice of which fowl to fling, for the first time ever). In addition, Angry Birds 2 includes a new flock member, Silver, previously held captive in Pig City, with her own backstory and personality to differentiate herself from the established cast of critters.

On the making of the new game, Rovio co-founder Niklas Hed states (per this morning’s press release):

“Design technology has evolved dramatically since the original game launched in 2009. With Angry Birds 2 we wanted to bring a level of expressive depth and detail seen previously only in a console game or animated series, and create a new game that kids and adults alike won’t be able to put down.”

Echoing Hed’s reading regarding the development of the latest title in the blockbuster gaming franchise, Angry Birds 2 creative director Patrick Liu adds:

“Angry Birds 2 doubles down on the core tenets of the original that our fans loved: destruction and more destruction! At the same time it adds a whole new layer of emergent strategy gameplay for both old and new fans to master.”

To learn more about the game, check out the additional Angry Birds 2 trailers that’ve been released, below:

The addition of separate stages within the basic design of each level in Angry Birds 2 should provide smart phone gamers with plenty of playable content to keep them busy for the foreseeable future. More importantly, the option of choosing which bird to play with at any given time opens the franchise up to new depths of strategy and styles of gameplay – that kind that pairs well with the newly added online option.

After eleven series titles, Rovio’s first official sequel to the original Angry Birds game comes as something of a test of consumer patience. There is no doubt that many will give into the temptation of downloading the game (if only to see what all of the fuss is about), but the question of the property’s longevity remains a lingering concern on the horizon regarding the creative viability of what has become a ubiquitous, freemium game powerhouse.

Either way, here’s to another cacophonous round of twittering and oinking, as the angry is most certainly back.

Angry Birds 2 is available now to download from the App Store or via Google Play.

Source: Rovio Entertainment