Flappy Bird returning in August with multiplayer, will be "less addictive"

Creator Dong Nguyen also says he's working on "a lot of games" for the future.

Flappy Bird is coming back. Creator Dong Nguyen told CNBC's Kelly Evans (via Kotaku) that the uber-difficult mobile game, which was downloaded more than 50 million times before Nguyen removed the game in February, will return to app stores in August.

The new version of Flappy Bird will have a multiplayer mode, and Nguyen says the game overall will be "less addictive," though he didn't say more about what that means. It's unclear if the new version of Flappy Bird will be free (like the original) or a paid download.

The return of Flappy Bird could mean a big payday for Nguyen, as the original game netted him some $50,000 per day thanks to in-game ads.

In addition to the new version of Flappy Bird, Nguyen said he's working on "a lot of games" for the future, including one that features a character jumping from building to building.

Though Flappy Bird has been gone for months, if you downloaded the original, you can still play it on your phone. In addition, dozens and dozens of clones have appeared since it was originally removed, including versions of the game made by popular groups like Sesame Street and the band Fall Out Boy.

Flappy Bird's premise is simple: you tap the screen anywhere to make a pixelated bird move upwards. Hitting any of the green pipes on your path means game over. The game's only goal is to get the highest score possible.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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snovillc
snovillc

Great, can't wait to play a "less addictive" game.   Just after I finish my "less fattening" bacon and wash it down with decaf coffee.   Stay true to the game, Dong.   


If anything, hopefully Flappy's return will eradicate the identical clones from the app store.   Those clones inspired "Plucked", but still, they have to go.   


https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plucked/id849718346?ls=1&mt=8

deadpen
deadpen

Less addictive........Damn how less than I didn't want to play the first one or any version after can it get?

catsimboy
catsimboy

Dozens and dozens? Try dozens of hundreds.of clones! Many of which may actually be better than the original.

mattcake
mattcake

If we stop giving him press, maybe he will stop making these awful games?

xcollector
xcollector

telling me a game will be less addictive makes me less excited

vadagar1
vadagar1

i hate these existential hypocritical rich mind F***ed pricks....

u want the money ... fine just stop pretending ur not another money grabbing WH**e

u dont care if the game is addictive or if it makes puppies die, u just want the attention and cash 

michyeosseo
michyeosseo

Will be less addictive, lol... Downloaded the game, played 5 rounds, got bored and deleted it. My top score was probably 3 or something.

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

Was the $50,000/day claim ever verified? Many outlets reported that but as far as I can tell, it's based purely on this guy's word. Is there any proof beyond him just saying it?

aquoon_0nly
aquoon_0nly

I'm gonna release a game, a big red button on the center of the screen, you need to keep pressing it for no reason. It's gonna sell like water on this mindless mobile market.

Thuaxiz
Thuaxiz

"Less addictive"... What a clown.

DVONvX
DVONvX

I don't get this guy's thinking. "Hey..I'm going to make a game...................oh sh*t people like it? take it down take it down!" I mean.......................what??

vadagar1
vadagar1

multiplayer... yes ur on the right path to making it less "addictive" 

: /


maybe add DLC too

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

I feel bad for the people actually anticipating this games return...