Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 delayed to June 29

By Tom Warren, on 18th May 11 5:06 pm with 31 Comments

Angry Birds Windows Phone 7 delay

Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that it has delayed its Windows Phone 7 release of Angry Birds.

The software giant had previously promised that Angry Birds would be made available on May 25. Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, proudly announced at MIX11 last month:”Angry birds, i’m excited to tell you and everyone else who’s following on the Internet, will be available on our Marketplace on May 25.” Unfortunately Redmond has delayed the release to June 29. Microsoft says the delay is down to a better experience. “The shift in timing of “Angry Birds” as the final title in the Must Have Games lineup was a decision made to ensure we provide the best possible gaming experience on Windows Phone,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

Rovio previously confirmed that Angry Birds was on its way to Microsoft’s new mobile platform in February. Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka blamed the delay on Microsoft’s legal team. “Let’s just say, Microsoft has a lot of lawyers,” he said. Microsoft originally ruffled the Angry Birds’ teams feathers when they accidentally posted an image suggesting an Angry Birds Windows Phone 7 app was on the cards. Rovio originally said ”Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission.” Microsoft responded to the tweet claiming the image was a mockup, not meant to go live and that the Angry Birds icon was included by mistake.

The addition of Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 is confirmation that the platform is slowly going mainstream. Angry Birds is one of the most popular iPhone apps and has recently been ported to Google’s Android OS. Microsoft is planning an updated version of Windows Phone, codenamed “Mango”, for release in the second half of 2011. Mango will introduce improved multitasking and faster resume times for games like Angry Birds.

Thanks to WinRumors reader Ryan for the news tip

  • http://twitter.com/matt_nologo Matt

    Couldn’t care about Angry Birds, but can’t wait for Plants Vs Zombies…
    Any ETA?

    • Jason

      Plants vs. Zombies is scheduled to hit Windows Phone on June 22nd.

    • Jason

      Plants vs. Zombies is scheduled to hit Windows Phone on June 22nd.

    • DB

      What if you already have the arcade game plants vs zombies on the 360 will it show up as another game on achivments list?

  • http://twitter.com/fancyFeast133 Steve Dobs

     I guess I’ll just kill myself

  • http://twitter.com/abhi1manyu Abhimanyu Jamwal

    why do you have to mention “mango comming this fall with so n so features”….we know and we can’t wait but we dont even have any choice….happy now? 

    • the-hq

      They do it to get more hits from Google

    • the-hq

      They do it to get more hits from Google

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    Arcane Tower Defence, thats what I want! 

    • Alex Bardelot

      Maybe a new about it this week :D

      Alex (Arcane TD dev)

  • Anonymous

    Why can’t they just release all of the games?  I don’t care for these one game per week promotions with the Xbox games.

  • CK

     why can’t they release angry birds now with a couple dozen levels and then update it? instead they keep delaying it to release it with 200 levels!
    im getting tired of microsoft delaying everything.

  • CK

     why can’t they release angry birds now with a couple dozen levels and then update it? instead they keep delaying it to release it with 200 levels!
    im getting tired of microsoft delaying everything.

  • http://adamhaider.com Adam Haider

    I played Angry Birds on Chrome the other day to see what the fuss was all about and to be frank, it’s one the most boring and repetitive games I have ever played. Some aspects are worth merit but the game-play is non-existent. I can’t see the appeal myself.

    • Grannyville7989

      I see it as a game that is best played when you have a few minutes to kill when on the move, like I find with many games on Andrio, iOS and Windows Phone. None of them have the lasting appeal that a game on Xbox, Playstation or PC would have. on me.

    • Grannyville7989

      I see it as a game that is best played when you have a few minutes to kill when on the move, like I find with many games on Andrio, iOS and Windows Phone. None of them have the lasting appeal that a game on Xbox, Playstation or PC would have. on me.

  • http://adamhaider.com Adam Haider

    I played Angry Birds on Chrome the other day to see what the fuss was all about and to be frank, it’s one the most boring and repetitive games I have ever played. Some aspects are worth merit but the game-play is non-existent. I can’t see the appeal myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitch-Foster/100000527225418 Mitch Foster

    Screw the game! I just wish that some of these cell phone companies would make a  phone that looks something like the mock-ups that Microsoft puts in the their commercials

    Seriously, these things are beautiful, and the only phone that I have yet to see any resemblence is the ASUS WP7 that I’m pretty sure never came out.

     

    • Stephen

      I’ve got the samsung Omnia 7 and I swear it looks identical to the one in the mock-ups.

  • Morgan Wisbey

    How about “Words with Friends”? That is the only game I miss from iPhone. How about working on that one! 

    • Morgan Wisbey

      Actually I just answered my own question. This program relies on push notifcation and running in the background which will not exist until Mango is released. I guess we will be waiting until then.

    • http://twitter.com/RenzoDev Renzo

       Have you guys tried AlphaJax? It’ll hold you off until Words is ported over.

    • Morgan Wisbey

      No I havent. I’ll check it out. 

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps it’s to coincide with the Verizon Trophy release, haha 

  • http://jameswilliams.be/blog James Williams

    AngryBirds and Plants vs Zombies were recently ported to the Chrome Web Store as well.

  • http://twitter.com/s_a_r_k_i_s sarkis chamelian

    ANGRY BIRDS sucks !!!  I want Arcane Tower Defence , Plants vs Zombies and SONIC…….but the best would be MARIO !!!

    • http://www.adam-parton.com/ Adam

      Can dream on there, Mario on a Microsoft device? LMAO Nintendo wouldn’t dream of doing that.

  • http://twitter.com/s_a_r_k_i_s sarkis chamelian

    ANGRY BIRDS sucks !!!  I want Arcane Tower Defence , Plants vs Zombies and SONIC…….but the best would be MARIO !!!

  • Anonymous

     Am I the only one that really hopes to see some fresh, original games for WP that appeal to core gamers at E3?

  • http://angrybirdsonline.cc Angry Birds Online

    Angry Birds for all platforms, noone can miss this game, how long is this gonna last?

  • http://www.chida.it/2011-06/sviluppare-applicazione-per-windows-phone-7-una-ora/ Chida

    Waiting Angry Birds now there is “Angry Bird Sounds”. Make your friends believe you already have Angry Birds! While you’re waiting for its release, enjoy the sounds and make some jokes.