Even though Rovio‘s popular Angry Birds franchise has tackled everything from Halloween to Space, they’ve only barely scratched the surface as far as licensing opportunities are concerned. To that point we have a tease from Rovio that suggests the franchise’s next venture might be a team-up with Star Wars.
The licensing deal was teased via a Rovio-released image that showed a shadowed “Angry Bird,” dressed as a Jedi, with a blue lightsaber. If that’s not a provocative image then we don’t know what is.
Additionally, Rovio pointed Angry Birds fans to an official Tumblr that showcased said bird activating the lightsaber. No details about the game, just an animated GIF that hints at the possibility of Angry Birds: Star Wars, or conversely, Star Wars: Angry Birds.
A partnership with LucasArts (maybe?) and the Star Wars property wouldn’t mark the first time Angry Birds has incorporated a movie theme into its sublimely simplistic gameplay — that distinction goes to Angry Birds: Rio — but this is certainly the most tantalizing. This also isn’t Rovio’s next venture with the Angry Birds franchise, though, as the company only recently announced a spin-off called Bad Piggies, that stars the series’ antagonizing green pigs.
Rovio isn’t wholly concerned with licensing IP’s for video games, though; this could very well be an announcement that has nothing to do with a mobile experience. The Angry Birds brand has grown exponentially over the last two years — generating deals for various toys and books — that Angry Birds: Star Wars could be anything. However we sincerely hope it’s a game, because who wouldn’t want to see the iconic birds zoom across Tatooine or the Death Star — or even cast the birds as Jedi and the pigs as Sith.
The possibilities of an Angry Birds game involving Star Wars are numerous, yet here we are with only a teaser image. Since we figure Star Wars fans are just as curious as we are, we’ll make sure to keep you posted on any further developments involving this team-up.
How do you envision an Angry Birds: Star Wars? Will such a game be Rovio’s biggest hit yet?
Source: Angry Birds Tumblr