Angry Birds Migrating to Facebook

There’s no escaping the Angry Birds, or their rivals the green pigs. Even if you don’t have access to one of the eight platforms the game is currently available for — which include iOS, Windows, and PlayStation 3 — anyone with an Internet connection will soon be able to join in the wildly popular puzzler, thanks to a version that’s in the works for Facebook.

Angry Birds is no longer just a simple downloadable game. It’s an empire boasting more than 75 million downloads, allowing Rovio to achieve something few downloadable titles ever do: a prominent place in pop culture. More versions of the flagship game are in production, including Xbox Live Arcade and WiiWare versions, and there’s been talk of a cartoon show for TV. Rovio today unleashed the first two of 4 animated shorts based on the Bird characters. Conan O’Brien recently played a life-sized version of the game on his TBS show.

The just-announced Facebook game will be based on the original, but tweaked for social media audiences. Much like Bejeweled was distilled down to a one-minute, free-to-play Facebook version called Bejeweled Blitz, Rovio’s Angry Birds will get some new aspects such as beefing up the villainous pigs’ role.

Meanwhile, Rovio plans to keep building its franchise with plans in the works for other games that star the titular Birds, a la Nintendo’s use of Mario in numerous titles. The company has suggested that a racing game and a sports game are among the possibilities.

Anytime you build a franchise out of something that’s this big of a hit, you risk over-saturation. Do you think Angry Birds is in danger of surpassing that point of critical mass? Or does the Facebook version sound like fun?

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