Rovio hints at Star Wars-themed Angry Birds sequel

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Rovio’s recent spinoff of the Angry Birds series, Bad Piggies, proved the studio still has what it takes to top the mobile gaming charts. In the meantime, however, our agitated feathered friends have been cooking up something of their own that could have an even larger impact on the franchise, especially if you’re a Star Wars fan.

Yesterday the studio, er, the Angry Birds - tweeted a mysterious picture encouraging followers to check back today for a hint. The image gave few clues outside of the fact it was probably a fowl covered in some kind of blanket or robe. A follow-up photo and a link to the new Angry Birds Tumblr page sheds a lot of light (no pun intended) on what’s coming soon.

The animated image on the Tumblr page shows a figure wearing a Star Wars robe and holding a light saber. When the saber is activated, the light illuminates the character's face, revealing it is indeed a member of the Angry Bird gang. A note below the image reads: Times Square, New York, October 8th, 10 a.m. EST. Furthermore, a “hint” suggests you should head to Toys R Us at 8 a.m. EST.

That’s all we know at this hour but it appears that the next game in the franchise will certainly have a Star Wars theme. The launch window could prove interesting seeing as Rovio released Bad Piggies just over a week ago. Back-to-back games seem unlikely but with the holidays fast approaching, anything is possible.

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