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.
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