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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Angry Birds Trilogy coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS this holiday. Don't expect it to set the world on fire

It has been reported that Rovio and Activision will be releasing Angry Birds Trilogy for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS this holiday. The game will bundle the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons, featuring tweaks and additions like Microsoft Kinect and PlayStation Move support, and utilizing the StreetPass feature on the 3DS.

Angry Birds is a worldwide sensation due to its addictive gameplay combined with a cheap price (free in some cases). No price has been announced for this addition, but don't expect it to be a few bucks. Releasing on a console and handheld means higher prices. I would have to guess a minimum could be $19.99, and I'm being generous. While I don't see this being a full $60 for consoles, I would guess around $30-$40, and maybe $30 on the 3DS.

Whatever the price is, it'll be a tough sell. Not only have these games already been played to death, the cheap versions will still exist on PC and smartphones. So why would someone pay more money for a bundle when they could get these three versions individually for less or nothing at all? There's the draw of extra content, but Angry Birds is aimed at casuals who probably don't care about that stuff in the first place.

Selling Angry Birds for cheap put Rovio on the map, but I think it's going to bite back hard come this holiday.

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