Angry Birds 2 Announced, Release Date Revealed

First full sequel to the 2009 hit coming soon.

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Angry Birds 2, the sequel to the mobile hit Angry Birds, has been announced by developer Rovio Entertainment.

After 15 games and around 3 billion downloads for the series, Angry Birds 2 will arrive on July 30, and will be the first full sequel to the 2009 hit. Rovio is promising more information later in July.

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Although this is the first full sequel, the original game spawned numerous spin-offs and licensed adaptations, such as Bad Piggies and Angry Birds Star Wars. It's also given rise to an animated movie, starring Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, and Angry Birds LEGO sets.

It's unclear at this time which platforms Angry Birds 2 will arrive on. The original came to iOS and Android, as well as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U as part of the Angry Birds Trilogy.

Rovio will be hoping the new release and merchandise helps its fortunes, after a round of layoffs last year affected around 16 percent of its total workforce.

The Angry Birds movie will launch in 2016, while Angry Birds 2 is due to launch on July 30.

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