Game-maker Rovio ventures into augmented reality with the new Angry Birds game

FILE PHOTO: An Angry Birds game character is to be seen at the Rovio head office in Espoo, Finland on 13 March 2019. Photo taken on 13 March 2019. REUTERS/Anne Kauranen

HELSINKI (Reuters) – the Finnish game company Rovio has a augmented reality game called Angry Birds Island of Pigs, developed by the Swedish game studio, Resolution Games for Apple’s mobile devices, the Finnish games developer said on Tuesday.

The release announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, was in addition to the two games that the company had promised for the release of this year, one of which is already out.

Rovio, best known for the Angry Birds products, said the game’s augmented reality element may be the players to overlay the three-dimension environment in their own environment, such as a table, by the view via an iPhone or iPad.

The game allows players to take the power of the Angry Birds slingshot in their hands as never before, the places of the classic piggy bank built towers in the player’s own environment with the help of Apple’s ARKit technology,” Rovio said in a statement.

Rovio had previously launched an augmented reality game with a Resolution Games, for a gaming headset is developed by Magic Leap.

Apple has also been developing its own lenses for augmented reality glasses.

The new game is Rovio’s first attempt at an augmented reality product for mobile phones and pads.

It is for the first time available for pre-order on Apple’s App Store for the iPhone 6s and iPads, the company said.

In February, Rovio said that it expects revenue to grow this year, supported by new game launches and a film release, after its fourth quarter operating profit was halved.

Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Edmund Blair and Jan Harvey

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