The creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, has released the first sliver of information on his brand new game.
Nguyen recently tweeted a screenshot of his next project, along with these words: "I am making a new game. So people can forget about Flappy Bird for a while."
Of course, it would have been easier for people to do so if Nguyen hadn’t just recently revealed in an interview that he was returning Flappy Bird to mobile app stores in enhanced form this August.
The new Flappy Bird will contain a multiplayer mode, and will apparently somehow be less addictive than before.
Back to this new project, and there’s no further information on the name of the game or how it will play. If we were to speculate, we’d suggest that it looks like another variation on the endless runner genre, but with more traditional platformer mechanics.
Presumably it won’t be as much fun as Flappy Bird, given Nguyen’s evident concern over his most popular creation’s addictiveness. The damage Flappy Bird caused to the lives of some of its more extreme players was a key reason behind the Vietnamese developer pulling the game back in February.
Whatever the new game turns out to be, credit is due at least for Nguyen’s attempt to try something different. It’s very common for mobile developers, once a successful IP has been stumbled upon, to concentrate on milking it for sequels.
Rovio’s Angry Birds series, Subatomic’s Fieldrunners, and Imangi’s Temple Run spring to mind.
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