Say what you will about Rovio – those folks know what pays the bills. The developer has announced its new game, and it's another Angry Birds title. This time we're turning to the Star Wars universe with Angry Birds Star Wars II. The new game will incorporate characters and locations from the prequel films. Yes, those ones.


This looks like an evolution of the previous Angry Birds Star Wars game, which was actually kind of enjoyable. The prequel-infused sequel will have more birds with new powers, and a completely new way for Rovio to make money: Telepods.

Telepods are small figures that can be beamed into the game whenever you want. So you can take your little Yoda figure, attach it to the stand, and place it on your device's camera. The game scans the code on the figure, and bam, it's in the slingshot ready to go. This basically lets you pick which bird you want to use and when. The 30 Telepods will go on sale at retail this September.

The game is out on September 19th, but no pricing was announced for it or the Telepods. Rovio also refused to comment on the possibility Jar Jar Binks would appear in Angry Birds Star Wars II. It's a little suspicious they went out of their way to mention that, hmm? I gather that's some sort of thing people don't like. I wouldn't know because those movies never happened.

[Rovio Blog, Rovio Tumblr]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    I'm so glad Rovio is still coming up with new and exciting ways for parents to placate their children with useless crap. At least the useless crap now has a physical manifestation - that should nearly double the "quiet time" return on your investment!

    • uniquename72

      The same vacuous comment could be made about nearly any mobile game, as well as Netflix and a hundred other apps.

      Rovio is just another apps company -- nothing to get your panties in a bunch over.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        There's a difference between selling people a compelling product that provides entertainment and shamelessly rehashing and whoring the same idea over and over again until it's so tired and dead that even your mom thinks Angry Birds is old news.

        To lump Netflix in with Angry Birds is about as generalizing a statement as you can make. That's like saying a book store and movie theater are the same thing - they're both just businesses trying to make money off of your desire to consume content, and are therefore of equal value to society and equally undeserving of criticism for their business models.

        • Himmat Singh

          Not really you know. While the general idea is the same (fling them bloody birds), the concept has been refined a few times. The first three were the same, then Space brought in some new elements, and Star Wars builds even more on top of that. I didn't enjoy the first two AB games, but ever since Rio I've played them and liked them pretty much.

        • Android wins!

          Quote: "compelling product that provides entertainment and shamelessly rehashing and whoring the same idea over and over again until it's so tired and dead that even your mom thinks Angry Birds is old news."
          Sounds like Apple's business model lol.

    • ChainsawCharlie

      Not heard of Skylanders I see

  • kabloink

    I guess that explains why Angry Birds Star Wars premium has been free on Amazon and iTunes

  • Simon Belmont

    Wow. That advertisement feels like a 1990's toy commercial.

    Translation: It's a way to distract your kids for a few minutes.

  • Nathaniel Webb

    No. Just...no.

  • valapsp

    Hate angry birds. specially star wars version.

  • robin

    angry birds still flying around ?
    start counseling on anger management or else they'll dead

  • RockAndRock

    Sucks! I'm angry now ...

  • Duncan_J


    DIsney what have you done

  • mgamerz

    Why is everyone pissed that you can buy a physical item and put some of that investment into a game? Has nobody heard what businesses are about? Is anyone forcing you to buy those items? No.

    • DanHibiki

      "well, no one's forcing you to buy our game!"
      -famous last words.

  • Calvin Tran

    hmmm 1st is skylander..then Disney..n now Rovio...I wonder who next....

  • Angry Dad

    The list of compatible devices for telepods is quite abysmal.What a shame. My son was given some as a gift for xmas, and was dismayed when neither his tablet, nor my phone wouod not accept the telepods.