Rovio has revealed some details on upcoming changes to Angry Birds, and it sounds like the insanely popular game is about to get even better. First and foremost, they'll be implementing an in-app payment system called "Bad Piggy Bank." From the sound of things, it will be quite the elegant system - any purchases will be billed straight to your carrier, rather than to your Google Checkout account or credit card.

Coming with in-app purchases: the ability to buy the Mighty Eagle, which wipes out an entire level. Purchasing the eagle unlocks it permanently, but they'll limit use to just once per 24 hours - presumably to prevent people from beating the game by using the eagle for every level.

Next up is something people have been clamoring for since the game debuted: a paid, ad-free version. It will be interesting to see how a paid version works out for Rovio, as they're already raking in the dough from the ad-laden version. No word on when to expect it, or how much it will cost.

[Source: Pocket Gamer via Droid Gamers]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • your mother

    the world is so big there are people with short circuit brains who pays to pass a level of a stupid game?

  • Lauren

    I don't like the way the in-app purchasing system sounds. It's a nice idea, but I'm on a family plan, and I'm not the one who pays the bill. I don't want to be forced to use carrier billing- I happen to like using Google Checkout, because then if I want to buy something for my phone I can do so without having to involve my parents.

    • Ron H in Schenectady

      And the same goes for me on my Droid Pro. I've got my own credit card set up to pay through the Market. I cannot do carrier billing because my employer pays the wireless bill.

      • Aaron Gingrich

        Makes sense. I find it hard to imagine they wouldn't have thought that through though... hopefully they'll have an option for people who don't want to or can't use carrier billing.

  • Brian

    Ditto. Sure, the Market doesn't support paid apps in all countries, but why not use it as an option along with carrier billing? Conspiracy theory: if ads really do make more money than direct sales, they may want to roll it out as slowly as possible.


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