Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fall Out Boy Releasing 'Flappy Bird' Update 'Fall Out Bird 2.0'


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One month after releasing their Flappy Bird clone Fall Out Bird, Fall Out Boy laid out plans for the game's sequel on their Facebook page Tuesday night.

"Fall Out Bird 2.0 coming soon with new gameplay, new hazards + much more!," the band wrote. "Look out for it on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Amazon App Store. Get your flappy on." The group also posted a screen shot of winged member Patrick Stump weaving his way through microphones (versus the guitar obstacles of the original) alongside a second image of bassist Pete Wentz on its Twitter page. In addition to "Classic" mode, version 2.0 will also offer Storm! mode, though the band has yet to reveal what that entails.

"There's a million Flappy Bird memes where it's 'I hate this fucking game,'" bassist Pete Wentz told Rolling Stone last month. "It took me a while to realize that's how the Internet tells you it's thinking about you. You have to think about how in Internet culture, everyone that's loved is hated."

Feeling an allegiance to the game's 28-year-old Vietnamese designer Dong Nguyen, the group released their version of the game last month. (It's not their first video game tribute: back in 2008, they released a version of the classic educational game Oregon Trail.)

Flappy Bird went live on the iOS App Store on May 24th, 2013. Instead of charging for the game, Nguyen made it available for free, and hoped to get a few hundred dollars a month from in-game ads. By February, it was topping the charts in more than 100 countries and had been downloaded more than 50 million times. Last month, though, at the height of the game's success, Nguyen pulled the game for all app stores.

Earlier this month, Rolling Stone tracked down Nguyen and spoke to the reclusive game designer on the outskirts of Hanoi, Vietnam. Nguyen said he wanted to make games for busy people like himself. "I pictured how people play," he said, tapping his iPhone and reaching his other hand in the air. "One hand holding the train strap."

Nguyen said he is "considering" bringing the game back in the future.

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