Microsoft confirmed on Thursday that Angry Birds will be available for Windows Phone 7
on April 6 in Spring.
The software giant announced its new spring lineup of games for Windows Phone and it includes five other popular titles:
- Doodle Jump
- Plants vs Zombies
- Hydro Thunder Go
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I
All will be available
on April 6 throughout the weeks of Spring, and feature Xbox LIVE integration. Achievements, leaderboards and more will be included.
Rovio previously confirmed that Angry Birds was on its way to Microsoft’s new mobile platform last week. 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.
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer revealed last week that the Windows Phone 7 marketplace currently has over 8,000 applications and over 30,000 registered developers.
Update: Microsoft has written to us to say that the April 6 release date they provided is inaccurate. Instead the company plans to release the six new games over the Spring period.