The Angry Birds are lying to you

Posted by on July 19th, 2011 | 10 Comments | Tags:

Update 2:

Rovio is working with Sony to give the new version to owners of Chillingo published version.

Editor’s note: That write up on the store currently is probably just the PS3 version’s text, which is in the works I believe.

Updated version played first, then older version.

Today on the store, a new version of Angry Birds was brought out for download, but you can’t update the version you previously bought on PSN to the new one. That’s because the old version was published by Chillingo, and this version has been brought out by Rovio, the creators of  Angry Birds, and they’re expecting people to pay $4 for what seems to be an update with some cool sounding new features. Except for the fact that the feature they’re touting, those being Facebook, Twitter and Leaderboards, presumably online ones at that, simply aren’t available on minis, and I highly doubt Rovio got an exception to this rule. The store description mentions none of the new levels the iOS version has recieved, and even retains the store icon from the previous version.

In addition to this, the images on the store are all from what seems to be the iOS version, with resolutions clearly in advance of what the PSP can produce. Either somebody from Rovio severely got things wrong, or we’re being fed a bunch of lies from them. We’re going to grab a copy of the game from the store and see if anything has changed, we’ll keep you guys posted either way.

Update: Your old saved games won’t work in the new version, which is annoying. However, the performance has been drastically improved in this new version, along with what might perhaps be some slightly snappier loading times, it was tricky to discern. However, the point stands that you are effectively paying for a patch, which certainly isn’t right. I couldn’t find any new content either, which only makes this worse.

  • SteveMightSay

    I wish I could get my 5 dollars back for the other version. Sucks I paid for a piece of crap broken game when a new version was made available.

  • Mauaus

    Fuck Chillingo and fuck Rovio for doing this but mostly fuck sony for allowing it.

    • Not really chillingo’s fault they lost publishing rights.

  • Agent X

    I’m miffed that those of us who bought the earlier version of the game have no way of updating to the new one without having to purchase the game all over again. The developer was aware of performance issues MONTHS ago, tried to patch it at the time, but it didn’t really help. Now, they go ahead and release a “patched” version after all…for a price!

    Sony and Rovio need to do the right thing for their customers, and enable them to update to the new version at no charge.

  • FailedLogic

    I’m severely disappointed with this decision. I bought this for $4(which is the most expensive version I’ve come across) when it first came out. I spent 5 minutes with it before I stopped, mainly because it was terrible to play.

    This has to be the worst “F.U.” I’ve gotten from a developer. Dangling a newer, improved version and then saying that I have to pay in order the played the fixed version of the game.

  • David S. Gallant

    Wow. This is a pretty big middle finger to any previous purchasers. The first Angry Birds minis sold a bunch, I believe… I recall seeing it up there in the sales charts a few times. To “update” it, plus advertise non-existent features, smacks of laziness or wilful ignorance. Ugh.

    This is just the sort of B.S. the minis platform does not need right now.

  • John Steels

    It’ll be something to do with product codes… every game has a unique product code and it means things like DLC and patches only work with their intended target I suspect that coupled with switching publishing rights has made it awkward/impossible to patch the original . Either way though its massively rude

  • angrybirdhate

    LOL 2 game companys make the same game. what a bunch of F***ing morons.

  • GekkoPolo

    so wait, just to be clear, all the features in the PSN description like Facebook, twitter, trophies is not in the new version?