Angry Birds might be one of the most popular early mobile games, setting the table for a ton of titles that would come to smartphones and tablets after, but Rovio apparently hasn’t been happy with the effect the original game is having on its newer free-to-play variants. The mobile developer has decided to delist Rovio Classics: Angry Birds, which is the original game and all of the fun it entails. The reason for the delisting is that Rovio claims the game is seemingly having a negative effect on its free titles in the series.
Rovio announced the delisting of Rovio Classics: Angry Birds via the developer’s Twitter earlier this week. Rovio apologizes to players and claims the game may be brought back at a later date under a different title:
Rovio goes on to say that the original Angry Birds will not stop working if you already had it downloaded. This just prevents new purchases of it for the time being.
Rovio goes on to direct players towards its other Angry Birds offerings, all of which are free-to-play mobile titles with in-game purchases. Unfortunately, it’s hard not to see this entirely as a move to direct players to those other games and Rovio’s more profitable business model in them, especially after the company has spent years cutting jobs and shutting down offices to remain afloat.. Nonetheless, it would seem the game may come under the new name after review. Stay tuned for more updates as we await further news on the matter.