Following his appointment as Oculus VR’s Head of Worldwide Studios back in 2014, Jason Rubin noted that it will take ‘a few years’ to find virtual reality’s (VR’s) Angry Birds. Rubin was of course speaking metaphorically, referencing the titanic success of the mobile videogame franchise rather an actual VR-compatible port of it. Ironically, had Rubin been talking literally, he’d have been proven very wrong this week as Angry Birds VR has been revealed for Oculus VR and Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD).
Angry Birds VR made its first appearance this past weekend at Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, Nevada, as reported by Road to VR. The title first surfaced in a Twitter post, not from Rovio, the developer of the original series, but IMGNATION Studios, a Brazil-based team that has previously had experience in VR porting its mobile title, Dodge This, to Gear VR. It’s not clear if the team is the full developer behind the title or assisting on it. The first image of the title, seen above, sees the traditional 2D world of Angry Birds thrown out in favour of a full 3D environment, with the camera shifting to behind the birds themselves as they take flight.
Very few details on Angry Birds VR have been revealed. Another tweet reveals that IMGNATION has been working with Rovio on the project for the past two months. Other images showcase Rock in Rio USA attendees playing the title on a Gear VR with a custom Angry Birds faceplate. Looking at the screenshot, it doesn’t appear that the usual setup, in which players fling these birds into structures to topple them and crush opponents within, will apply here. Instead, the image shows a bird flying through a series of hoops.
Angry Birds VR has been something of a prank from Rovio in the past, serving as an April Fool’s joke from the developer in 2014. It certainly seems as if it’s the real deal this time, however. It’s not clear when the title might see a release. VRFocus will continue to follow Angry Birds VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the title.