Following the release of “Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs” in early 2019, Rovio delisted every classic “Angry Birds” game that was released before 2014 from digital storefronts — except “Angry Birds Friends” for some reason — without warning. The lack of transparency for the games’ disappearance, if any, resulted in an outcry from fans demanding that they be brought back.
Two years later, on June 22, 2021, Rovio published a letter to its fans apologizing for the sudden removal of “Angry Birds Classic” and other fan-favorite titles, including “Angry Birds Seasons,” “Angry Birds Legends,” and “Angry Birds: Star Wars,” to name a few. At the time, the company explained that it delisted them because they were built on outdated engines, making it impossible to update them in compliance with current operating system requirements. “Today’s mobile technology and games landscape has evolved to a place where supporting them was untenable,” Rovio said. “And we can’t just leave them there and not update them, as games need to comply with all sorts of platform requirements. 10 years in game years is like 100 in human years — that’s how quickly the industry advances.”
To that end, Rovio rebuilt “Angry Birds Classic” on Unity, an engine used for “Pokemon GO,” “Cuphead,” and “Sonic Forces: Speed Battle” among others. “Rovio Classics: Angry Birds” is out on iOS and Android now for $0.99.