As many will recall, a small mobile game called Flappy Bird hit the iOS/ Android app store not too long ago and, to the surprise of everyone, became a runaway hit. A surprise even to it’s creator, Dong Nguyen, who after his game skyrocketed to the top of trending charts everywhere, removed his maniacal screen-tapping app, citing that the game had become “way too addicting”. Shortly after, an seemingly endless flood of Flappy Bird clone apps began to over-saturate the marketplace, with reportedly nearly 60 clones launching each day. To put that into perspective, that over two “new titles” every hour or one nearly every 25 minutes and with tablets and smartphones pre-installed with the original game (before the yank) once fetching for over double the device’s asking price, it seemed like a foolish idea and a major loss to keep the game of the marketplace forever…
Well, it would now seem the original is set to make a comeback to the mobile scene, as CNBC’s Kelly Evans has confirmed that the original Flappy Bird app will be resurrected this coming Summer. The news comes by way of app creator Nyugen, who revealed to Evans that his popular game will return to both iOS and Android app stores this August with new multiplayer-centric features. What those multiplayer features will offer has yet to been revealed, but will adding multiplayer really make the game any less addicting than it once was?
CNBC’s Evans even confirmed the return of Flappy Bird on her Twitter account, to which her employer followed suit:
Flappy Bird’s Dong Nguyen: Flappy Bird is coming back. Multiplayer. August. @CNBC
— Kelly Evans (@Kelly_Evans) May 14, 2014