The creator of the hugely popular Flappy Bird game has revealed that he may relaunch it on iOS and Android at some point in the future.
After languishing in App Store limbo for the eight months following its May 2013 release, Dong Nguyen's free Flappy Bird game suddenly went viral. Millions of downloads followed, with the game becoming infamous across social networks for its hardcore difficulty level.
However, just a couple of months later, Nguyen pulled the game. His tweeted explanation: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore."
Speaking to Rolling Stone recently, Nguyen explained that the level of media attention added to messages he had received revealing the extent of some Flappy Bird players’ addiction had prompted him to withdraw the app altogether.
Since that time, the media frenzy has lessened, and the App Store has filled with Flappy Bird clones. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that Nguyen has softened his stance a little.
Especially when you consider that Flappy Bird earned him $50,000 a day in ad revenue at its peak, and that it continues to make him tens of thousands of dollars from those who installed the game prior to its culling.
With those thoughts in mind, Nguyen was asked whether he would ever consider returning Flappy Bird to availability. His reply: "I'm considering it." Though it won’t be a new version, Nguyen says that he would modify the game with a warning, "Please take a break."
In the meantime, Nguyen is said to be hard at work on three all new games aimed at driving you quietly mad.
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