Angry Birds Epic is a turn-based RPG spin-off

The Angry Birds franchise continues to expand. Go! turned the avian-flinging franchise into a kart racer. With Angry Birds Epic, Rovio is turning the series into a turn-based role-playing game.

According to Kotaku, it will feature a "story-driven campaign with a challenging endgame." Crafting will be an important part of the game, with players making armor, potions, and weapons. The game will be soft-launching in Australia and Canada--a way for developers to tinker with the real-money economies of their free-to-play games before moving onto launches in bigger markets. A global launch will be ready by year's end on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.