Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 due in Spring

By Tom Warren, on 24th Feb 11 8:17 pm with 17 Comments

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
  • geoDefense.

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.

  • Steve Jobs

    Go WP7!
    Go Angry Birds!

  • http://www.shoutpedia.com/ a_usman

    Wow, cool. I am eagerly waiting for this awesome game.

  • Yamishi

    SONIC 4!? YEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS! :D

    I have no words to describe how excited I am!

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    Talk about overhyped, instead of chasing iphone ports they should be bringing real, exclusive XBL titles to the WP7 along with real XBL integration, eg shared achievements or cross platform play.

    • Anonymous

      There you go, from the same Major Nelson post as the above games:

      Fable Coin Golf – Launching March exclusively on Windows Phone 7, Fable: Coin Golf draws upon the wealth of traditional British pub games and lets you transfer gold earned in the game to your Fable III game on either Xbox 360 or Windows. In addition, you can unlock three exclusive weapons that can be used in the Traitor’s Keep game add-on.

    • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

      Not impressed. How about Halo Wars, Forza/Project Gotham Racing, Limbo, Shadow Complex? There are probably other games that would translate to the phone, they seem to want to milk the angry birds hype till the last drop. How about real time multiplayer, looks like third parites may even beat them to providing that feature. I think they could do more to make XBL on WP7 the best mobile gaming system, from exclusive games to integrating more with the XBL service.

    • GP007

      It’s not like these are the only games we’ll ever get. The ones you wish for aren’t something you can just come up with in a month and call it a day, unless you want some half assed phone version as long as it says Hao, Forza etc in the title?

  • Anonymous

    Plants vs Zombies!!!!

    My favorite “time waster” on the PC, looking forward to that way more than Angry Birds

  • Aj Zapata

    WP7 is going to get way better with these great games!

  • Nothanks

    I will be interested to see how this is priced. I have so far been very disappointed to find so many games considerably more expensive on windows phone compared to iPhone. I have deliberately held off from purchasing games as a result.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

    Anyone look at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/Live/Mobile/MustHaveGames/home ?

    Wondering how MS was able to put “Microsoft Game Studios” under the Angry Birds title… did they strike a deal with Rovio to produce more games for them underneath the Microsoft Game Studios name?

  • Jimb

    Wonder what the price will be?

  • http://www.twitter.com/astroXP astroX

    “Microsoft confirmed on Thursday that Angry Birds will be available for Windows Phone 7 on April 6.”

    later …

    “Rovio didn’t confirm an exact release date and it’s possible the company might be waiting for Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Mango” release in the second half of 2011.”

    lol

    • Anonymous

      I knew I read that somewhere.

    • http://www.twitter.com/astroXP astroX

      I understand the reason why WinRumors always uses the last two paragraphs to recap latest related news but … come on! at least check that the old ones are still relevant because otherwise it does look like a copy & paste. Oh well …

  • NOS

    MS is paying these developers to make these popular games for their platform. They think that throwing money at it the phone will become popular.

  • Guest

    ms is such a bunch of boneheads. they put up the ab icon for no reason other than to delude people into thinking they had it for wp7. they are the immature, ineffectual jerks you find in any school yard, only they have money.