Rovio Entertainment announced the development of a new augmented reality (AR) app that is set to seamlessly connect Rovio licensed products with the digital Angry Birds universe.
Rovio Entertainment Announces Development of New AR App
The new app in the pipeline, codenamed ‘Project Magic', will transport consumers into a breathtaking new world, allowing them to engage in highly immersive branded content experiences that bridge the gap between digital and physical licensed products. With an official release date set in 2019, Project Magic’s new ecosystem will be the latest milestone in Rovio’s ever-expanding brand licensing roadmap, which has already seen them working with some of the world’s largest brands and IPs.
Project Magic will enable Angry Birds fans to travel through an augmented reality portal straight onto Bird Island – the home of the Angry Birds. App users will be able to explore Bird Island and discover various exciting, high-production-value AR locations and experiences. Project Magic will utilize augmented reality to enrich user interaction with promotional and licensing partners' products and locations, mixing the boundaries between the digital and the physical worlds.
Simo Hämäläinen, Senior Vice President, Brand Licensing at Rovio Entertainment, commented: “Project Magic represents a major licensing milestone for Rovio’s Brand Licensing Unit, as our vision of being able to add digital overlay to licensed products is now reality. We’ve been working diligently alongside our long-time AR partner Zappar to create a cool, always-on digital brand licensing ecosystem that not only adds value to consumers, but also helps to bridge the physical and digital worlds of Angry Birds. Licensing partners will have an incredible opportunity to create exceptional branded content experiences across our physical and digital touch points, and our consumers will be able to immerse themselves even further in the wonderful world of the Angry Birds.’’
Rovio is currently developing Project Magic alongside renowned augmented reality specialists Zappar. This state-of-the-art augmented reality platform will build on the successes of Rovio and Zappar’s previous collaboration within AR, which was created for The Angry Birds Movie launch back in 2016.
Max Dawes, Partnerships & Marketing Director at Zappar, commented: ‘’Over the past seven years working in the augmented reality space we’ve learnt a lot about how companies can create value with AR. We’re beyond excited to be able to leverage those learnings on such a huge scale with the fantastic team at Rovio. A brand’s largest owned media channels are their products, their packaging and their stores; through the addition of interactive Angry Birds content, these channels can surprise, delight and entertain consumers like never before. In addition, Rovio’s partners will see hard data on when and how consumers are interacting. We can’t wait to unleash the magic!’’
Rovio is also developing a long-term and diverse platform of entertainment touch points for its passionate global audience. A brand new long-form animation is planned for 2020. Other flagship projects include brand-new live stage shows, new animated and live action content for Rovio’s Angry Birds YouTube channel, and new location-based entertainment initiatives. The planned 2019 theatrical release of The Angry Birds Movie 2 is swiftly followed by the landmark 10th anniversary of the original Angry Birds in December 2019. To date, the Angry Birds family of games have amassed over four billion downloads since 2009. Throughout 2018, Rovio will continue its games event and partnership program, developing bespoke in-game content for new brand partners. Some previous partnerships include Imagine Dragons, the NFL/Super Bowl, Iron Maiden and Everton Football Club.