After the highly successful and popular Angry Birds, Rovio’s next game has some pretty big shoes to fill. Perhaps you weren’t expecting it to happen so soon, but Rovio has a new game coming.
Rumors say the new game from Rovio is called Casey’s Contraptions. At least that’s what 148Apps research and instinct points too based on the teaser Rovio released. The hint is in Rovio’s thank you video for reaching a billion Angry Birds downloads. Although it’s hard to guess the game’s title from that short video, one thing’s for sure, Rovio has big things planned.
In an email, Rovio communications specialist Sini Matikainen wrote: “We are so thankful to all of our fans for their support, and we can’t wait for them to see what we have coming up”. Chief Executive Mikael Hed was also pretty excited about Rovio’s plans for 2012. He told Reuters that “2012 looks fantastic. We have had some very strong download numbers over four months”.
148Apps believes Rovio’s next game is in fact a sequel of Casey’s Contraptions, an iOS game that appeared this time last year. The team behind 148Apps talked with Casey’s Contraptions creator. Noel Llopis told them: “Before rumors start flying, Rovio is a perfect gentleman. Not a Zynga at all. Don’t worry, all is well”.
Financial Times Digital Media Correspondent Tim Bradshaw has a similar take about Rovio’s upcoming game. According to Tim, the “blond-haired boy surrounded by gizmos, including balloons, scissors and a pulley mechanism” is without a doubt Casey. Plus given that Rovio did emphasize that their thank you video is also a sort of teaser, it’s likely that Casey’s Contraptions will be rebranded under Rovio.
It goes without saying that with a billion downloads, Angry Birds is one of the top selling games ever, pushing its developer towards a very strong IPO. In fact, analysts have valued the Angry Birds game at $9 billion. For a company that became popular only three years ago, this is a major breakthrough.
Tero Kuittinen, analyst with Alekstra, told Reuters: “Rovio has fended off all rivals so far. Rovio is still the king of the mountain, despite stiff recent challenges by OMGPOP and Disney’s ‘Where’s My Water’?”